The EPFO issued guidelines on September 4, 2023, to streamline the inspection process and improve its effectiveness. The guidelines include a periodic desk review, which involves fortnightly nudging of establishments via SMS/emails/letters for three months, recording replies in an e-file, and requesting physical inspection if replies are unsatisfactory. For establishments reported for closure, the guidelines involve verifying proofs of closure, updating employee exit dates and contributions, and optional physical inspection. Physical inspections without nudging are allowed for cases requiring urgent processing or redressal. Urgent/emergency physical inspections are for cases requiring immediate action, with no permission or nudging required. The guidelines also cover general physical inspections, emphasizing the quality of inspection reports and efficient use of available IT tools and resources.