Can the TURA EMS certifier be the same person as the independent auditor?
Yes, the independent auditor can be the same person who certifies that the TURA EMS meets the requirements of 310 CMR 50.80 (i.e., the TUR Planner or EMS professional who signs the EMS Progress Report). This is not, however, required. 19. If a company has an existing EMS that was last audited in 2005, and its next audit is scheduled for 2009 (per their existing audit schedule), does the company need to audit its EMS again prior to July 1, 2008 if it wants to use it in lieu of a TURA Plan? No, the company would not have to audit its EMS again before July 1, 2008, but it would have to revise its EMS audit schedule (going forward) to meet the requirement that a TURA EMS must be audited on at least a two-year cycle (310 CMR 50.82(13)).