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IATF communiqué on the special status of certificates of Ukrainian enterprises in wartime

In response to the war in Ukraine, the IATF (International Automotive Task Force) issued a Communiqué to advise all stakeholders.

1) First of all, the thoughts of the IATF are with the Ukrainian people.

2) Second, the IATF has agreed to maintain the validity of all certificates for the organization certified by IATF 16949 in Ukraine without exception.

3) IATF-recognized certification bodies are instructed not to change the status of facility certificates until further notice, even if audits and other certification activities cannot be carried out on schedule.

4) In addition, all current IATF 16949 third party auditors in Ukraine will have the right to continue to maintain their powers as an up-to-date auditor, even if they are prohibited from conducting normal IATF 16949 audits, until further notice.

The IATF is constantly reviewing developments in Ukraine regarding its impact on the IATF 16949 certification scheme.

Further changes can be found on the IATF Global Oversight website at www.iatfglobaloversight.org.

If you have any questions, you can contact IATF Oversight services directly.

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About the work of DQS in Ukraine during the war

In connection with the hostilities on the territory of Ukraine, an official letter from DQS Holding was received for clients in Ukraine.

The original can be downloaded in .PDF format below page.

DQS Holding GmbH

Frankfurt am Main, March 16, 2022

Dear Mr. Yahodzinki,

Please see below a statement on the status of audits and certificates in the Ukraine by our
Managing Director Michael Drechsel:

DQS audits and certificates in the Ukraine

With immediate effect, no more audits shall be planned or conducted, audits already initiated
shall be interrupted and not continued on the Ukrainian territory. Clients and auditors with
due audits and audits that are already planned or confirmed shall be immediately informed
that the audits cannot be conducted up to the end of martial law (nowadays is
25.04.2022). Until further notice, all existing ISO-Certificates remain valid for a period of 3
months after the due date for surveillance audits, even if audits would not be conducted.
Expiring ISO-Certificates can be reissued within 6 months after their expiration without the
need for a complete new initial audit. These deadlines will be reevaluated and may be

We expect an official decision of IAF (“International Accreditation Forum”) confirming that all
certificates in Ukraine will remain valid until further notice and that the expiry date should be
postponed if the audit cannot be performed in these exceptional circumstances. As soon as
this rules will be confirmed, DQS will extend the validity of the certificates.

IATF 16949 certificates stay valid for an indefinite time frame and auditors located in the
Ukraine do not need require to meet the minimum audits and audit days requirements.

We recognize that this is an emerging situation, and the situation changes nearly daily.

Frankfurt, March 16, 2022
M. Drechsel

You are invited to pass this information forward to your clients on request till further

Best regards and stay safe!

Dr. Dieter Stadler
Director International Business Development
DQS Holding

Follow our messages on the site, as well as on social networks (links in the form of icons at the top and bottom of the page).

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Foundation FSSC has suspended DQS for a period of three months

Dear colleagues,

We would like to inform you that the FSSC has suspended the DQS agreement for three months.

Temporary rules

During this period, which will start on April 1 and end on June 30, 2022, the following rules apply:

  • DQS shall not issue any new FSSC certificates (Certification, Recertification, Upgrade, Transition, Transfer and/or Scope Extension audits)
  • DQS shall not perform initial audits, recertification audits, upgrade audits, transition audits, transfer audits, scope extension audits
  • DQS is allowed to conduct regular surveillance audits provided no new certificate is issued
  • Issued valid certificates will remain valid until their expiry date if the required surveillance audits are performed
  • The suspended status of the CB will be shown on the FSSC 22000 website

What to do for customers that have an FSSC audit between now and April 1?

  • Surveillance audit: continue as scheduled
  • Recertification audit: make sure you upload all documents as soon as possible so that we can issue the certificate before the suspension period begins

What to do for customers that have an FSSC audit between April 1 and June 30?

  • Surveillance audit: continue as scheduled
  • Initial certification: postpone until July
  • Recertification audit: discuss options with the product manager

Independent of the suspension, please remember to complete all upgrade audits (FSSC Version 5 to Version 5.1) by March 31, 2022.

Additional clarifications

In the links to the letters to customers Product Manager Mr. Behzad Sadegh (behzad.sadegh@dqs.de) states that the status of client certificates does not change until the expiration date specified in it. An individual decision will be made for clients whose validity expires from April 1 to June 30.

For Ukraine, taking into account the martial law for ALL clients from Ukraine:

 Issued certificates will remain valid until the expiration of their validity without checks until the expiration of martial law! 

Follow our messages – information is subject to change!


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Presentation of the project “Implementation of the information security system in higher education institutions”

Information is the most important business resource, which in modern conditions can be transferred to any point, quickly created, processed and accumulated. However, it has a number of significant risks: it is quite easy to destroy or lose, it can get to competitors, loss of access to communication.

DQS CERTIFIC UKRAINE invites specialists of higher educational institutions
to take part in the project presentation
“Implementation of information security system in higher education”.

The meeting at the webinar will take place on February 24 at 15:00!
Participation is free!

Project manager:

Kravchenko Alexander Sergeevich

Chief Auditor of the Management Systems Certification Body of DQS Group (Germany) according to the ISO ISO/IEC 27001 standard, business consultant with 20 years of experience in building corporate networks, cybersecurity, business application development. Experience with ISMS in leading organizations in Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Philippines.
Certified DQS Lecturer.

During the meeting you will receive:

– information on the advantages and benefits of ISMS;
– information on the possibility of obtaining a DQS Certificate in the specialty “Internal Auditor of ISMS”;
– practical advice on the implementation of ISMS.

To register for the webinar, contact Alona Loza – tel: (095) 623-3830, e-mail: info@dqs.com.ua

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All-Ukrainian Award: Leaders of Energy Management Award Program

The European-Ukrainian Energy Agency (EEA), with the support of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), is launching the All-Ukrainian Award: Leaders in Energy Management. This program, which is the first in Ukraine, will mark the achievements of enterprises in implementing the energy management system (EMS) and energy efficiency measures.
The aim of this program is to draw the attention of the manufacturing sector to global energy and climate issues and to demonstrate results in improving the energy efficiency of production through the introduction of SEM. Participation of enterprises in the Program is free.
Also, the program of the All-Ukrainian Award “Leaders of Energy Management” aims to promote the implementation of energy management systems and improve energy efficiency in industry, which is a defined policy of Ukraine in the field of energy efficiency.
The program is open to enterprises located in Ukraine, regardless of industry and form of ownership (state, private or communal property), the whole group of companies, or individual legal entities that are part of this group of companies, as well as their divisions, branches etc. For large enterprises it is necessary to have a certified energy management system in accordance with ISO 50001, and for SMEs it is not necessary.

To participate in the Program, companies are invited to submit applications, which will present their examples of the implementation of energy management. Each application should include information on the in-house implementation experience and the business benefits of SEM implementation. Applications will be selected by a jury consisting of respected experts in the energy management system in accordance with ISO 50001.

The application form and rules for participation in the Award Program are available on the website.

Applications will be accepted until March 28, 2022; the winners of the competition will be announced and made public in June 2022 during a ceremony.

The jury will consider applications in two groups:

  • Group 1 – Large enterprises;
  • Group 2 – Small and medium enterprises.

Participants will independently choose their group to participate, based on the number of staff and / or annual turnover, according to the criteria of Ukrainian law.
All entrants whose applications meet the rules of the Program will receive one of two awards:

  • Award for Excellence: Winners of the Program – three large enterprises will receive a financial reward of 15 thousand US dollars each, and two small and medium enterprises will receive a financial reward of 7.5 thousand US dollars each. The financial reward can be used only for energy efficiency services, namely: consultations, equipment and other logistics, study in Ukraine and abroad, study trips.
  • Initiative Award: All participants who have submitted applications and provided all the necessary information and meet the requirements of the Program will receive an “Initiative Award” and the opportunity to take free refresher courses in energy efficiency.

Detailed information on how to apply, rules of participation, contact information for questions and everything else on the site:

There will also be an online webinar on February 17, 2022 at 10: 00-11: 30, where information on the rules of participation for enterprises in the Program and how to quickly and correctly fill out an application form will be presented.

Registration form:  https://forms.gle/uPdkt7StrAA7pmow8

Facebook page:         https://www.facebook.com/AwardEnMS

If you have any questions, please contact the coordinator of the EUEA energy efficiency project – Valentina Guch-Denisenko

Tel.:      +380999724238

E-mail: huch@euea-energyagency.org

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UN Global Compact – DQS CFS publishes Progress Report 2021

Assisting organizations in their path towards sustainable success is our mission. We believe we can only do so if our organization remains fully committed to sustainable development. For this reason, we have re-affirmed our commitment to the principles of the United Nations Global Compact. With our Progress Report 2021, we would like to inform you about the practical implementation of these principles in our company.

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Unannounced IFS audits: Scheduling is now the responsibility of the certification bodies

As already announced, since 2021, an IFS audit must take place unannounced at least once in a time window of three years. The first time window started on 1 January 2021. This means: except for those companies that already had an unannounced IFS audit in 2021, a regular audit must be replaced by an unannounced audit in 2022 or in 2023 at the latest. In order to avoid that all companies postpone the unannounced audit until 2023 and thus exceed the capacities of the certification bodies, the IFS has now transferred the planning to the certification bodies. From now on, it is the responsibility of the certification bodies to decide in which year the unannounced audit should take place.

The implementation of an unannounced audit should ideally be communicated with the site one year in advance, but at the latest three months before the time window starts. If no unannounced audit has taken place by the third year, the company is automatically registered for the third year.

Especially in this transitional period, companies must expect shorter communication deadlines from the certification bodies. Whether your IFS audit in 2022 will be announced or unannounced will be communicated by your DQS account manager. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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MyDQS: More transparency for your audit projects

Are you familiar with our customer portal MyDQS? The portal gives you a quick and transparent overview of the status of your audits at the individual locations worldwide. You can also use the platform to evaluate your audit results across all locations. In this way, you benefit from increased transparency and control and can quickly derive any potential for further development in your company. You can enter the MyDQS platform here. If you do not have a login yet, please contact your DQS customer service representative.

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Revision of GRI universal standards: an overview of the main changes and their implications

Does your organization use the GRI standards for sustainability reporting? In October 2021, the Global Reporting Initiative published a new version of its universal standards. The revision has led to a number of significant changes. In this article, we will give you a summary of the main changes and the implication for reporting companies.

The universal standards describe the fundamental principles and framework of the GRI Standard. Their revision therefore has far-reaching effects – also on the topic-specific standards. In this article, we will present the most important changes.

Changes in structure: three types of standards

As a reminder, the GRI framework previously included two types of standards:

  • The so-called universal standards, applicable to all reporting organizations (101, 102 and 103)
  • Topic-specific standards, focusing on distinct sustainability topics like human rights, waste, emissions, … (the 200, 300 and 400 series).

With the revision of the universal standards, the system of reporting according to GRI was updated. The universal standards (they can be recognized by the green cover) have been renamed to:

– GRI 1: Foundation 2021
– GRI 2: General Disclosures 2021
– GRI 3: Material Topics 2021

In addition to the the universal standards and the topic-specific standards, there are now also sector-specific standards. They can be identified by a brown cover and a two-digit code number. The sector-specific standards do not contain any new disclosures, but help companies to identify their material topics. They identify and describe the key economic, environmental and social impacts of a sector, setting the context for reporting. The first sector-specific standard for the oil and gas industry was published in October 2021. A second standard for the agriculture sector is expected to follow shortly.

The topic-specific standards remain in place. However, three topic-specific standards were withdrawn because the content was either discontinued or included in the revised universal standards. Therefore, after the revision, there are now 31 topic-specific standards. All have a purple cover page and a three-digit code number.

So much for the new structure. Now let’s take a look at the most important changes in content.

Impact and materiality

One of the key concepts of sustainability reporting is “materiality”: the idea that reports should focus on the topics that are the most relevant to the sustainability performance of the reporting organization. Many reporters include a materiality matrix in their report, which indicates the relevance and priority of the specific sustainability topics. For example, companies in the oil and gas industry are likely to have emissions as one of their most material topics, whereas companies in the service industry may focus more on social aspects, like employee wellbeing.

However, there are many different approaches to defining materiality. Many companies still rank the topics on two axes:

  • relevance to stakeholders and
  • relevance to the company.

It should be noted, however, that this approach has not been in line with the GRI standards for many years. Although the definition of materiality in the 2016 version is also based on two axes, these are:

  • influence on the decisions of stakeholders and
  • significance of economic, environmental and social impact.

The graphic below is taken from the 2016 version of GRI 101:

The version published in 2021, however, focuses on the horizontal axis only. According to the revised definition, a material topic is a “topic that reflects the organization’s most significant impacts on the economy, environment, and people, including impacts on human rights”.

So what does that change in practice? It means the focus shifts entirely to impact: reporting organizations will need to ensure they understand their actual and potential impacts on the economy, the environment and society. Of course they still need to involve their stakeholders to gather their input, but not in order to understand what their priorities are, but rather to get a better understanding of the impact of the organization.

Impact and due diligence

This focus on impact means that reporting organizations need a process to identify and manage their impacts. This is where the concept of due diligence comes into play. The term, almost entirely absent in the first version of the standard, now takes center stage. It is defined as “the process through which an organization identifies, prevents, mitigates, and accounts for how it addresses its actual and potential negative impacts on the economy, environment, and people.”

One of the key topics for which reporters will need to disclose their due diligence approach is human rights. Frequent readers of our blog will know that many countries are in the process of making human rights due diligence mandatory (LinkLink). As such, the update to the GRI Standards ensures a better alignment with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Distinction between core and comprehensive disappears

Another noteworthy change is that the distinction between reporting only the core disclosures and reporting comprehensively disappears. This means that for all topics that are judged to be material, reporting organizations will need to include all disclosures, rather than only selected ones.

Timeline and download

As of January 1, 2023, the application of the new version of the universal standards is mandatory. This means that their use will be required from that date onwards, although GRI encourages reporting organizations to adopt the changes earlier.

You can download the revised GRI Standards here. An overview of frequently asked questions can be found here.

How DQS can support your sustainability reporting:

As an independent audit and assurance provider, we can support your sustainability reporting processes with the following services:

Contact us if you have any questions, or register for our newsletter to receive regular updates.


Dr. Thijs Willaert is Director of Marketing & Communication at DQS CFS GmbH
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We are IQNET! IQNET day 2021

We are IQNET

“The first ever IQNET day celebration is a simple yet has far-reaching significance for us.  The recent global business challenges made it evident, that our efforts remarkably help organizations maintain a strong foothold amid uncertainty.  As IQNET Partners – who independently work hard and collectively within the network – will continue and proudly carry this brand that signifies trust.”

Alex Stoichitoiu, President

IQNET Day 2021 Poster

IQNET Day 2021 Poster

Celebrated every 11 November, IQNET Day highlights the importance of the network to the conformity assessment community.  Its worldwide representation through IQNET Association Partners has significantly strengthen the importance of certifiable management systems or products – benefiting organizations, regardless of size and location – in improving their business processes as well as advancing on their competitiveness in the global marketplace.  By combining local expertise with global experiences and recognition, IQNET Association is one of the quite few organizations tapped to shape proactive policies and practices in terms of accreditation, standardization, scheme development, and quality infrastructure.

The purpose of the IQNET Association day is to

•  Celebrate the date of its founding, most of all, the people and organizations behind it.

•  Count the network’s milestones in terms of memberships, policies, harmonization, product development.

•  Encourage IQNET Partners to launch a unified message and make it understandable within their sphere of influence.

2021 Theme: We are IQNET

The first IQNET Day celebrations will highlight no one else but our Partners – the main drivers of the network’s successes.  As the Association recently marked its 30 years and takes a fresh look on its brand and strategy – it will be an opportunity for our Partners to proudly herald their authority as IQNET’s representative – our official counterpart as the network leaps to more ambitious endeavors in the coming years.


Published on the IQNET website.

The IQNet International Certification Network is a non-governmental, non-profit organization established in 1990 under Swiss law and headquartered in Bern, Switzerland. DQS Holding GmbH (Germany) is one of the founders of IQNet and a permanent member.




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An online forum in the framework of the European Quality Week was opened on November 12


The Ukrainian Association of Perfection and Quality is holding an online forum on system management on November 12 from 9:30 to 15:30.

The forum is part of the European Quality Week, which has been celebrated in most European countries since 1995. This year it will be held under the motto: “Overcoming the next frontier with quality”. Accordingly, the reports at the forum will focus on how management systems in organizations should evolve to enable them to meet new challenges and cross new frontiers.

Among the key issues to be addressed at the forum:

  • leadership and motivation of staff: how to ensure their effectiveness;
  • taking into account and balancing the needs of stakeholders;
  • sustainable development: trends of increasing requirements for the company by consumers and society;
  • development of customer orientation in the activities of companies;
  • project management and trends (based on the PMBOK revision in 2021).

Well-known experts from Ukraine, Australia, Poland, representatives of successful companies, as well as consultants and trainers will speak at the forum. Language of reports: Ukrainian and Russian.


UPD: Zoom login link / Zoom login link:

https: //us02web.zoom.us/j/86525561244 …

Conference ID: 865 2556 1244

Access code: Forum

The broadcast and verification of the connection will start at 9.30.

More information about the event can be obtained from the organizing committee of Taras Kalita (+380 50 358 95 37) and Anzhelika Zentseva (+380 50 413 64 54).

Details in discussion / Details in discussion.

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IFS PACsecure v2 – main changes and transition timeleine

IFS Pac Secure v2

IFS Pac SecureIn the Summer of 2021, IFS published the new version of the IFS PACsecure standard. So what’s new in IFS PACsecure version 2? In this article, we provide an overview of the main changes and the key dates for the transition.

The goal of the GFSI-recognized standard is to be able to verify and ensure the quality and safety of all types of primary and secondary packaging. It helps companies meet growing market demands for transparency and traceability, and helps improve product integrity and increase efficiency.

Following the meeting of an expert group in March 2019 and a public consultation in April 2019, the IFS PACsecure Standard working group had retired to analyze the data collected. With the lessons learned, test audits have been conducted since October 2020. The results of these test audits were incorporated into the subsequent final version of the IFS PACsecure Version 2 Standard.

Key changes

Changes in version 2 include making unannounced audits mandatory. The use of the unannounced audit option is mandatory every three years. Sounds familiar? We should point out that this requirement is not really new, as it has been in existence since the publication of an IFS doctrine in 2020 and entered into force in 2021.

Furthermore, there is a greater focus on the site assessment and less on documentation. This results in a reduced number of requirements. Furthermore, the standard can be partially audited remotely. However, at least 50% of the total audit duration must still be audited on-site.


Audits under the second version of the IFS PACsecure standard will be possible starting January 3, 2022, and will become mandatory starting May 3, 2022. If the window for an unannounced IFS PACsecure audit begins on or after May 3, 2022, the audit will be conducted to version 2. In general, the applicability of version 1.1 ends on May 2, 2022, but there are exceptions where the application of IFS PACsecure version 1.1 is still possible. These are explained in the IFS PACsecure version 2 doctrine.

IFS PACsecure scoring broshure

For audits according to the IFS PACsecure Version 2 standards, the scoring system of IFS Food Version 7 is adopted. The brochure “The IFS Scoring System – Driving Continuous Improvement” explains the system in detail and is available in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish here.

What DQS can do for you

DQS is your partner for audits & certifications in the packaging sector. We will keep you informed about all further developments in our monthly newsletter. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Dr. Thijs Willaert is Director of Marketing & Communication at DQS CFS GmbH
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ISO Survey on ISO 14001 and ISO 14004 Revision

ISO14001 Survey

Leaf in the Light Bulb

It is a small anniversary: 25 years ago ISO 14001 and ISO 14004 were published. During this time, the ISO 14001 certification standard has become one of the world’s most important management system standards alongside ISO 9001.
One reason for this success story: the “Continuous Improvement Process (CIP)”. It is not only a basic principle in the implementation of management system standards – it also applies to standards themselves, of course.
It is standard practice for the Technical Committees of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to ask users about their experiences in practical implementation. Currently, ISO/TC 207/SC 1 is dealing with the next revision of ISO 14001 and ISO 14004 and invites users to participate in the survey.

Aim and target groups of the survey

The objective of this survey is to develop an understanding of the needs of users and other interested parties with respect to environmental management system (EMS) standards. The findings from the survey will inform the revision of ISO 14001 and ISO 14004 and other related ISO standards.
The survey is aimed primarily at people in organizations that have implemented ISO 14001 and/or ISO 14004, auditors for ISO 14001, and people working with or interested in ISO 14001.
Take the opportunity until 13 November 2021 to contribute your practical experience with ISO 14001 and/or ISO 14004 and thus make a valuable contribution to mastering the challenges of our time with ISO standards.
For the survey – in various languages – please click here.
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Sustainability reporting: what to expect from the GRI sector-specific standard for agriculture, aquaculture and fishing


Conserving biodiversity and natural resources, mitigating climate change, and making agricultural and fishing practices more sustainable are essential to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. To support existing efforts and increase transparency, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is preparing its first sector-specific standard, aimed at organizations in the agriculture, aquaculture and fishing sectors.

In the field of sustainability reporting, the non-profit multi-stakeholder initiative GRI holds an important position. The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) provides standards for sustainability reporting that are used by organizations in over 90 countries.

Since December 2019, a new GRI working group has been deliberating on the first GRI Sector Standard Project, which is specifically defined for the agriculture and fishing sectors. The working group consists of 19 members representing 14 countries and six regions, covering a wide range of commodities and products from the agriculture, aquaculture and fishing sectors.

Until recently, the new Sector Standard for Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fishing was in the public comment period, which ended on July 30, 2021. This phase is particularly relevant as it tests the clarity, feasibility, completeness, and relevance of the content to ensure that all stakeholders can benefit from the standard.

Objectives for the project

The GRI Sector Standard Project for Agriculture, Aquaculture and fishing is a pilot project for the GRI Sector Program. The project aims to identify and describe the key impacts and stakeholder concerns for the agriculture, aquaculture and fishery sectors from a sustainable development perspective. This serves as a basis for increased transparency and more consistent reporting by organizations in this sector. The GRI Sector Standard project has recognized that the agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries sectors share common characteristics as producers of food and have similar impacts on people, the economy and, to some extent, the environment, so they are grouped together as one.

The sector standard can be applied to all organizations in this sector regardless of geographic location.

In identifying the applicable sector standard, organizations should consider their primary sector. If the organization has significant activities in more than one sector, it must apply all applicable sector standards.


The new sector-specific standard for agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture is expected to be published in the first quarter of 2022. It is not yet known when its use will become mandatory, but we will keep you informed of the latest developments.

In parallel with the development of the sector program, the GRI Universal Standards will be revised and will be published in October 2021.

Key proposals

The sector-specific draft identifies 26 topics as relevant to the agriculture, fishing and aquaculture sectors. In doing so, each topic describes the most important impacts in that sector and lists disclosures identified by the sectors as relevant for reporting. However, it remains the responsibility of the reporting organization to assess which topics are relevant to their reporting. More detailed disclosures and guidance on the topics can be found in the exposure draft linked here.

What DQS can do for you

DQS is a licensed assurance provider for sustainability reporting. An external review by DQS confirms the credibility and reliability of your sustainability report.

Contact us, we would be happy to discuss your project!

Dr. Thijs Willaert is Director of Marketing & Communication at DQS CFS GmbH

This article was published on the DQS CFS website on 09/22/2021.

The official representative of DQS in Ukraine is the certification body of LLC “DQS CERTIFIC UKRAINE”

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Published data of the ISO Survey for 2020


Published data of the ISO Survey for 2020

Every year ISO conducts a survey of certifications to our management system standards. The survey shows the number of valid ISO management standards certificates (such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001) that are issued annually for each country.

ISO does not perform certification. Organizations looking to get certified to an ISO standard must contact an independent certification body, such as DQS UkraineThe ISO Survey counts the number of certificates issued by certification bodies that have been accredited by members of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).


The survey for 2020 shows an estimate of the number of valid certificates as of December 31, 2020. The scope of the 2020 Survey remains unchanged compared to the previous edition – 12 standards of ISO management systems are considered.

The results of the ISO survey contain three documents:

At the same link are surveys from previous years. You can conduct your own analysis by comparing the results of different years.

Conclusions from the results of the Survey

  • Overall results show an increase from 2019 by 18% of the total number of valid certificates for the 12 standards of the management system covered by the survey. Part of this significant increase is due to a significant increase in ISO 45001 certification; this standard was published in 2018 and therefore had a limited number of certificates in the previous Survey.
  • The rate of increase in the number of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certificates was higher than in previous years: + 4% for ISO 9001 and + 12% for ISO 14001, mainly due to a significant increase in certifications in China.
  • Like previous editions of the Survey, the results show some fluctuations at the level of individual countries, which are explained by factors, related to the non-participation of some certification bodies in the certification for some specific countries. In the 2020 survey, this applies in particular to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for Belgium, Korea, Mexico, Ireland and the Philippines, and ISO 28000 for China.
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Autumn online seminars of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine

In September-October, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine is holding a series of online seminars reviewing key policies in the field of environmental protection.

It is planned to discuss the following topics: 

  • September 2 – Waste Management. Business responsibility. Licensing system.
  • September 8 – Legislative regulation of permitting activities in the field of air protection.
  • September 22 – How to use the electronic services of the web portal “EcoSystem”.
  • September 29 – Sustainable water management and compliance with water legislation.
  • October 7 – Nature Protection. Legislation requirements in the field of nature reserve fund and biodiversity conservation.
  • October 21 – ATS in the format of “question-answer”.
  • October 29 – Subsoil use. Permitting activity and observance of the legislation.

The seminars are held on the online platform ZOOM at 15:00.

The approximate duration of each seminar is 1 hour 30 minutes.

Pre-registration is required to participate at https://bit.ly/3jkWnVd.
The public, business and academics are invited to participate in the online seminars.

Organizers: Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine, State Ecological Inspectorate of Ukraine, Public Council under the Ministry of Environment, State Ecological Academy of Postgraduate Education and Management, NGO “Living Planet”.

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Fifteen years after its initial publication, the international standard for supply chain security management systems is up for revision. The new version, scheduled for publication at the start of 2022, will align the standard with other ISO management system standards and increase the clarity and consistency. In this article, we have summarized the main changes. As the publication date moves closer, we will also provide an update on the transition timeline.

Let’s start with some good news for the more than 2500 sites that are already using the standard: the new version of ISO 28000 contains virtually no new requirements. Companies that are already certified to ISO 28000:2007 should have no trouble transitioning to ISO 28000:2022.

So if there are no new requirements, why did ISO bother with a new version at all? The answer is harmonization: because ISO 28000 is over a decade old, it was no longer in line with other, related ISO standards, such as the management system standards, the standards on organizational resilience and security (ISO 22316), and the risk management standard ISO 31000.


At first sight, one might think that the changes in ISO 28000:2022 are quite drastic: the entire structure has been changed. On closer look, however, you will notice that even though the structure is new, the requirements themselves have not changed much – they are simply presented in a new format.

Like all ISO management system standards, ISO 28000 now uses the so-called Harmonized Structure (HS). This is a common structure, core text and definitions that all management system standards share. With this approach, ISO ensures that management systems are harmonized and can easily be integrated.

If your company is also certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and/or ISO 45001, we recommend to consult with the relevant departments on how the management systems can be aligned and integrated internally. With all of these standards sharing the same structure and core requirements, the teams responsible for implementing and maintaining these standards can learn from each other, use the synergies and promote a common understanding.


In two parts of the standard, recommendations have been added. It is important to understand that recommendations are not requirements. In ISO management system standards, requirements are usually indicated with the verb “shall”, whereas recommendations are indicated with “should”.

• In Section 4.2.3, a set of principles has been added to harmonize the standard with the ISO 31000 risk management guidelines. However, many of these principles are not new – rather, they provide extra clarification on some of the requirements.
• In Section 8, recommendations have been added to ensure consistency with ISO 22301, the international standard for business continuity management systems. This applies to security strategies, procedures, processes and treatments (8.5), as well security plans (8.6).


Draft International Standard (DIS) of ISO 28000 was published for public comment in April 2021. In the next weeks, all comments will be reviewed, but this usually does not lead to major changes, as all stakeholders have been involved in the process early on. The final publication is scheduled for the beginning of 2022.

The publication usually marks the start of a three-year transition period. All companies will be required to complete the transition before the end of the three-year period. As the publication date draws closer, we will be updating this page with more information.


DQS is an accredited certification body for the ISO 28000 standard. With a network of highly qualified auditors around the globe, DQS has the capability to provide value-adding certification audits to all interested parties.

Posted on DQS CFS 15.06.2021 by
Dr. Thijs Willaert is Director of Marketing & Communication at DQS CFS GmbH

Email:  thijs.willaert@dqs.de

Posted in DQS CFS GmbH news

State Audit Service of Ukraine has passed the certification of ISO 9001:2015

The State Audit Service has become the third central executive body whose quality management system meets the international standard ISO 9001:2015.

The solemn presentation of the certificate took place at the assembly staff by the auditing team of DQS Certific Ukraine, Viktor Yahodzinsky and Oleksandr Havrylko.

Compliance of the State Audit Service with the requirements of the ISO 9001:2015 standard is a confirmation of the perfection of the State Audit Office’s quality management system, its continuous development in terms of organization and implementation of the state financial control.

We received the ISO 9001:2015 certificate in the main areas of activity, confirming our professionalism in the implementation of public policy in the field of public financial control, as well as increasing the credit of trust from the public, controlled facilities and other executive bodies,” said Gennady. Plis, Head of the State Audit Service of Ukraine.

According to the State Audit Service of Ukraine (see here)

Posted in DQS-Ukraine news

Summer issue of DQS Compact

Who would have expected – the new DQS Compact has been released!

What’s interesting is offered there:

You may have heard of the United Nations’s Sustainable Development Goals, but do you know how they relate to the DQS assessment and certification business? Read how ISO 14001 can be used to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and improve life, climate and well-being around the world.

ISO 50001 Energy Management also serves some of the Sustainable Development Goals, but it mainly helps companies like BOSCH to improve their quality of life and conserve natural resources.

Logistics customers may be interested in how TAPA PSR supports companies such as Truckparking Rotterdam, improves security and increases the number of its customers.

Information security ISO 27001 is used in any business sector and gives UKRENERGO the opportunity to integrate the Ukrainian energy system into ENTSO-E.

DQS is especially proud to showcase Phoenix Lighting, a client from the United States who was able to assist with the pandemic relief in New York.

The culmination of this release is a brief overview of MyDQS 2.0 and the ICompliance standard, which replaced the AuditOne system.

We hope you enjoy this issue.

Posted in DQS-Holding News

IFS tools to improve risk management

An effective and comprehensive risk management builds the foundation for global food and product safety. However, having countless sources of information to choose from, many quality assurance managers are facing the constant challenge of maintaining a thorough risk management.


To meet this challenge, IFS has developed IFS Trend Risk Monitor and IFS WordCloud and offers these tools free of charge to IFS database users. Tools collect and sort alerts by product group, country, or hazard so that quality assurance managers can identify potential risks in their supply chains. In addition, IFS provides a monthly IFS Trend Risk Report that analyzes specific topics related to food and product safety risk management. In this way, we help IFS-certified companies comply with IFS’s risk analysis requirements for their suppliers and raw materials.

This month, the IFS Trend Risk Report covers the following topics:

  • Two pages of food fraud cases detected last month
  • world map with recalls around the world
  • data evaluation of pesticide analyses
  • A new RASFF data evaluation
  • specific market insights (i.e. price developments of raw materials) for severeal raw materials
  • direct link to our newly published IFS Doctrine Food V7
  • other relevant news regarding food safety and food fraud

Just download!

IFS also reports that the Product Fraud Guideline has now been agreed with IFS Food 7.
The latest version of which can be downloaded from their website.


According to IFS Risk Management Team sources

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Milestone for compliance management: ISO 37301 published

ISO 37301

In April this year, ISO 37301 published as brand-new standard. The standard specifies requirements for compliance management systems (CMS) and replaces ISO 19600. While the standard is similar to its predecessor, it still differs in key respects. Unlike ISO 19600, ISO 37301 is not a guideline, but a certification standard.
Companies that are certified to ISO 37301 can prove to their business partners that they have taken a systematic approach to compliance risks. In the event of legal disputes, implementation of a CMS and certification to the international standard can serve as evidence of due diligence. DQS CFS is your competent partner for certification to ISO 37301: with smooth audit planning, experienced auditors and meaningful audit reports, we accompany you through the entire certification process.

Please visit our product page for more information.

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New ISO 22000 Manual – Implementation Guide

22000 new manual

22000 manualThe new ISO 22000 manual provides practical and detailed information to help organizations develop, document, implement and maintain a robust FSMS.
The goal of establishing a food safety management system is to significantly improve food safety and quality. However, the implementation can be quite daunting. Therefore, the new manual has been developed to help the food industry prepare for the implementation of an FSMS in accordance with the requirements of ISO 22000:2018. Published by ISO and UNIDO, the manual is so far only available for download in English, at a fee of around 53€. Click here for more information.

An effective food safety management system (FSMS) reinforces an organization’s control on food safety hazards and ensures that its products are safe for consumption. This handbook provides a practical approach and a wide range of information to develop, document, implement and maintain a robust FSMS according to ISO 22000:2018.

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Food safety culture: new legal requirements adopted


Last October, we informed you about the plans of the European Commission to introduce new legal requirements with respect to food safety culture. In March 2021, these new requirements were adopted in EU Regulation 2021/382, amending the Annexes to Regulation (EC) No 852/2004.
The new decisions are primarily aimed at ensuring consumer health, guaranteeing fair practices in international food trade and coordinating all work on food standards carried out by international governmental and non-governmental organizations. For more information, see our updated blogpost.

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New requirements to change the CSR Directive in the EU from 2023

CSRD new req

If the EU Commission gets its way, many companies in the EU will have to adapt to stricter requirements for their sustainability reporting. The Commission has launched a proposal to amend the CSR Directive (Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive), extending the scope and enforcing stricter rules. One of the main changes would be that the so-called external assurance, an audit by an independent third party, becomes mandatory. We have summarized the main changes for you below.

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Quality management: No revision of ISO 9001:2015

Following a recommendation from the Strategic Planning and Operations Task Group (SPOTG), which had conducted the regular systematic review of ISO 9001:2015, ISO/TC 176/SC 2 voted to reaffirm ISO 9001:2015 without changes. The results of the vote were published on May 3, 2021 and are available here.

Thus, there will be no revision of the most important certification standard for management systems in the next few years. Certified companies can therefore focus on optimizing their certified systems based on the current version of ISO 9001.


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IFS GAP Guide has been published

The IFS GAP Guide supports all IFS auditors who want to perform IFS audits and IFS split audits. It applies to IFS Food, IFS HPC, IFS PACsecure Standards and Global Markets. However, the guide is not only recommended reading for auditors – companies that are audited can also benefit from the information.

This guideline is a support to all IFS Auditors who conduct IFS Certification Assessments against any kind of the IFS product Standards (IFS HPC, IFS PACsecure or IFS Food) and IFS Global Markets Development Programs. In many parts it fits to IFS Logistics and IFS Wholesale/Cash and Carry
standards as well.

The aim of this guideline is to describe the specifics of an IFS Assessment, the role of the IFS Auditor and the steps to follow in order to ensure the high level of quality and effectiveness of an IFS



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Understanding and assessing the risks and consequences of climate change – ISO 14091

Climate changeAdequately addressing climate change is an urgent challenge that affects businesses of all sizes. The ISO 14091 standard helps companies to adapt to climate change. Below we have summarized all the important information for you.

While rising temperatures are affecting agricultural production, extreme weather events are impacting infrastructure and disrupting supply chains – a development that is causing headaches for many companies.

While measures aimed at keeping climate change below the 1,5 degrees Celsius limit are more important than ever, we must not only fight climate change, but also adjust to it. In doing so, it is essential to understand and assess what climate-related risks companies are exposed to and how susceptible a company is to damage.

Assessing climate change risks with ISO 14091

ISO 14091 “Adaptation to climate change – Guidelines on vulnerability, impacts and risk assessment” helps organizations assess the impacts of climate change and develop and implement a risk assessment capable of evaluating current and future climate change risks.

The standard provides guidance on the use of screening assessments and impact chains that enable qualitative and quantitative analysis. This information helps companies make better business decisions. The information, documented in an internationally consistent manner, also helps with climate-related reporting.

ISO 14091 is the latest standard in the ISO 14090 series. It describes the many elements of climate change adaptation, including pre-planning, adaptation planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting and communication. You can download this standard here.

What DQS can do for you

DQS is your partner for verification and validation of sustainability reporting. We are at your side – with smooth audit planning, experienced auditors and in-depth audit reports.

Contact us with questions or sign up for our newsletter to receive regular updates!

The article is published on the DQS CFS website by CONSTANZE ILLNER

Constanze Illner is Research & Communication Officer at DQS CFS GmbH

Email constanze.illner@dqs.de

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Ukrenergo is certified according to the international standard ISO/IEC 27001:2013

Ukrenergo has received the certificate of compliance of the information security management system with the requirements of the international standard ISO/IEC 27001:2013. The independent auditor noted the high level of Ukrenergo’s information security management system in all areas of the Company’s activities that were audited. The certification audit of Ukrenergo’s central office and separate subdivisions was conducted by DQS Certific Ukraine LLC, a representative of the German certification body DQS Holding GmbH, one of the leading certification bodies for management systems worldwide.

The independent audit highlighted 5 strong points surpassing the requirements of the standard. This applies:

  • to providing the resources for the development of information security management system,
  • creating up-to-date conditions for information processing and storing,
  • clustering the resources for critical IT systems,
  • implementing the behavioural analysis of undesired events by the security operations centre (SOC),
  • SOC interaction with national security agencies.

As part of checking the compliance with the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Standard “Information Technology–Security Techniques–Information Security Management Systems–Requirements”. For example:

  • the audit was focused on the activities of operational and technological control of operating modes of the IPS of Ukraine and its parallel operation with the power systems of neighbouring countries,
  • the assurance of electricity transmission by trunk and interstate grids,
  • the maintenance of the balancing market and the ancillary services market,
  • the conclusion of bilateral contracts,
  • the administration of commercial metering and commercial settlements.

The information security management audit also covered the organization of the physical protection at Ukrenergo’s facilities. In particular:

  • the compliance with the access control requirements,
  • the procedure of property custody and movement,
  • the contractors’ performance under the contracts for facilities protection,
  • the operation of video surveillance and access control systems,
  • the introduction of advanced technologies into the physical protection system of the Company’s facilities.

“Obtaining the certificate is an important and milestone event for Ukrenergo in the context integration into ENTSO–E. Because it is the acknowledgement that the Company has implemented the information security management system that meets and, in some respects, surpasses the requirements of the international standard. It is one of the indicators ensuring the reliable and secure operation of the Transmission System Operator and the factor enhancing its credibility for key stakeholders,” commented Sergii Galagan, Chief Information Officer at Ukrenergo.


The article was published on the website of NPC Ukrenergo on March 19, 2021.

Posted in DQS-Ukraine news, Uncategorized

New portal for clients – MyDQS 2.0

MyDQS 2.0

The previous portal for MyDQS customers was completely redesigned and put into operation by DQS GmbH in March this year (2021).

With this complete review of MyDQS, we are taking the next step in digitizing our processes and communication channels.

In MyDQS 2.0, you’ll find details of your site, as well as information about your audits and certifications – no matter which DQS office is responsible for your procedures.

Here are the key features of the new customer portal:

  • Information panel for reviewing the audit status with additional analytical information and reporting functions
  • Every location (site) of a client that serves DQS is available regardless of where or which office and country works with this location
  • The user interface is clearly organized and intuitive
  • In the user administration section, users can receive authorization individually for more than one location
  • MyDQS 2.0 offers transparency and status control for each location thanks to our Digital Audit Manager, inconsistencies and audit capabilities performed with this digital audit tool are visible and can be monitored and analyzed.
  • It is possible to analyze and compare the audit results from the Audit Manager with other audits in the same organization
  • Easy-to-use options for downloading .pdf, .csv or .xls documents for audit results are available
  • MyDQS 2.0 contributes to the continuous improvement of management systems throughout the organization
  • With MyDQS 2.0, reports and certificates can be easily downloaded
  • MyDQS 2.0 provides an update of the status of audits: information about your auditors and customer service settings
  • The encryption method for login is based on a high level of security
  • MyDQS 2.0 layout is adaptive, which means that it automatically adapts to the user’s monitor, such as smartphones or tablets

You will find detailed information in the MyDQS 2.0 Release Letter and the MyDQS 2.0 User Guide.

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Information security with ISO 27001 and DQS

In times when data and information are traded like rare commodities, their protection is indispensable. An optimal basis for the effective implementation of an integrated security strategy is a well-structured Information Security Management System (ISMS) according to the ISO 27001 standard, an internationally recognized standard for information security in private, public or non-profit organizations, which does not only deal with the aspects of IT security.

An information security management system according to ISO 27001 defines requirements, rules and methods to guarantee the security of information worthy of protection in the enterprise. The standard provides a model for the introduction, implementation, monitoring and improvement of the levels of protection. The systematic approach supports the protection of confidential company data against loss and misuse as well as the reliable identification and analysis of potential risks to the company and the implementation of appropriate measures to make them manageable.

Learn more about how your organization can benefit from an ISMS and a certification by DQS from our new brochure and the video, both of which can be found at our Information Security page. For information more specific to your organization or an offer, please contact a DQS office near you.

If you want to continue to read about the latest developments in the world of standards, and what’s new at DQS Group, please visit our social media channels


Dieter Stadler and the Corporate Marketing Team
Published on December 9, 2020
Posted in DQS-Holding News

DQS Compact Special. Human rights, expanded reports to the UN Global Compact, more diligence

More than 20 years ago, the first organizations joined the UN Global Compact. Meanwhile, it has become the world’s largest and most important corporate governance initiative. The vision of the UN Global Compact is a comprehensive and sustainable global economy based on ten universal principles.

Accountability for the implementation of the UN Global Compact will continue to grow. The EU is thinking in the same direction. Read about it in a special issue of DQS Compact.



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A new issue of DQS Compact!

DQS Compact 89

Welcome to another interesting mix of customers stories, information about standards and a look at what is possible in the virtual world of management systems!

Internal audits are a necessary part of any management system, certified or not. And while they may not be everybody’s favorite part, there are ways to make them not only effective, but interesting. Don’t believe us? Read here what DQS GmbH has to say on this topic.

And while you’re having fun reading about TOPS and FLOPS, continue with an article about a truly entertaining customer of DQS Inc.: Choreography by Gail is a two-person casting and artistic service that adds glitter to an auditor’s report. Curious? Enjoy!

Do you like sea buckthorn? From our colleagues of DQS Russia comes a brief about their activities in Mongolia that puts this plant front and center, along with the certification of one of their largest hospitals.

For those who know him, look forward to Frank Graichen’s take on how to approach RISK in the context of ISO 9001 – and for all others, Frank is everybody’s favorite auditor trainer, as well as one of our top experts on this subject. If there are any “effects on uncertainty” still in your mind, he will turn them into opportunities.

Which is what DQS GmbH did, actually, when they decided to “go virtual” with their annual customer event, hosting their first Online Congress and Trade Fair a few weeks ago. It was a grand success and well worth the huge amount of effort that went into it, judging by what attendees said.

We close the issue with a news item confirming the Notification of our MED subsidiary, which will be of interest to anybody looking for CE marking in that field.

The editorial staff and contributors hope you will enjoy this issue, and look forward to receiving news from your corners of the world for our next issue soon! Please send to IBDMarketing@dqs.de or your country’s Business Developer.

Posted by Träm Petra on 10/30/2020

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Training of managers in Ukraine


In the Pedagogical Newspapers of UKRAINE № 4 (278) JULY – AUGUST 2020, under the heading “Quality of Education”, an article by Petr Kalita, President of the Ukrainian Association for Excellence and Quality – “Training of managers in Ukraine” was published.

The article deals with issues related to national peculiarities of understanding the concept of management, the interpretation of this concept in standards, as well as the reasons for confusion with the definition of the concept of “management”. As a result, today most business organizations, as well as the public sector, in particular authorities, use outdated, ineffective management systems, do not ensure excellence and competitiveness in a saturated global market. Even those organizations that are improving on the basis of international MS standards have typical disadvantages, namely: they basically create separate isolated target MS based on standards, are not coordinated with each other, are not integrated into the general MS of the organization and do not cover all of its goals; almost do not use modern methods and tools for preparing management decisions; they often introduce MS formally, without changing the outdated business culture.

Summing up, the author concludes that in Ukraine over the past 28 years in the organization of business and the public sector, in particular to the authorities, the higher school supplies mostly underachieved managers who, in the context of a saturated global market, are unable to ensure the perfection, competitiveness and sustainable development of their organizations and Ukraine as a whole.


The full text of the article (in Ukrainian) can be seen here.


Posted in DQS-Ukraine news, Uncategorized

Certification of LLC «METRO Cash & Carry Ukraine»

Certification of METRO Cash & Carry UkraineIn August 2020, LLC METRO Cash & Carry Ukraine was audited by LLC DQS CERTIFIC UKRAINE on behalf of the certification body DQS GmbH in order to certify the management system for compliance with the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018 under DAkkS accreditation. During the audit, the company’s head office and shopping mall №16 in Kyiv were inspected.

METRO Cash & Carry Ukraine is a part of METRO GROUP, one of the leading international trading companies. The company entered the Ukrainian market in 2003. The company currently operates 23 classic METRO Cash & Carry wholesale centers in Kyiv, Dnipro, Odesa, Kharkiv, Lviv, Kryvyi Rih, Poltava, Vinnytsia, Zaporizhia, Chernivtsi, Mykolaiv, Rivne, Ivano-Frankivsk, Mariupol and Zhytomyr; and three Beri-Vezi wholesale stores in Ternopil, Chernihiv and Lutsk.

Posted in DQS-Ukraine news, Uncategorized

“Semenovsky Elevator” has passed certification of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 22000

Auditors of DQS CERTIFIC UKRAINE LLC on July 8-10 2020 conducted a certification audit of Semenivskyi Elevator LLC, Zerno-Agrotrade LLC in accordance with the requirements of international standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 22000.
SE “Semenivsky Elevator” LLC “Zerno-Agrotrade” is part of the holding company Astarta-Kyiv, located in the village of Semenivka, Poltava region, is a linear type elevator, retains its own and toll grain, in operation since 2019. It has the capacity of simultaneous storage of 120 thousand tons, three points of auto-acceptance of grain 9,000 tons/day. The elevator is used for grain drying, grain cleaning, and has a laboratory.

Posted in DQS-Ukraine news, Uncategorized

Sedex has created its own remote audit program

Sedex has created a remote audit program called Sedex Virtual Assessment (SVA).
DQS CFS staff were involved in the working group.
Sedex Virtual Evaluation is a due diligence tool that the auditor uses to remotely evaluate performance through video conferencing. This provides a practical alternative when a SMETA audit cannot take place.
The Sedex virtual appraisal is coordinated with SMETA, with the aim of giving as much idea as possible about the working conditions at the appraisal site. After a stage of careful planning, the auditors conduct a virtual tour of the assessment site using video technology. As well as check management systems and documentation.

On the Sedex Virtual Assessment (SVA) website, you can learn how SVA works, how you can use SVA, and information about the fee for entering information.

Important information:

  • SVA is not a SMETA audit. While SVA is consistent with SMETA, it is a tool of due diligence to ensure maximum remote information about the conditions of the assessment site.
  • SVA may not be suitable for every site. DQS determines whether the place of assessment meets the established criteria, such as a good WiFi connection, type of work, available room for interviews, etc.
  • Customers should ensure that their customers accept SVA instead of SMETA audit due to the COVID-19 situation.
  • The remote audit report is uploaded to Sedex Advance and must follow SMETA processes. Database fees apply.
  • Auditors for the use of SVA undergo distance training in auditing. This is part of the DQS SVA program for Sedex.
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Due diligence audits and disinfection certification

DQS CFS continues to expand its product line to make its customers more marketable in the face of severe pandemics and epidemics – offering the voluntary due diligence audits and certification for the disinfection of public spaces. Hygiene and protection against infection are either the most important factors for protecting customers and giving them a sense of security and trust. Supermarkets, buses and trains, shopping malls, airports and train stations, office buildings, cultural centers, restaurants, hairdressers, hardware stores and many other public spaces need to adapt to the new reality to regain the trust of customers.
Companies are required to take the necessary precautions. The care obligation applies not only to staff and customers, but also to any party who could potentially become infected on the premises or as a result of their activities.


  • Bus, train, airlines and tourism
  • Supermarkets, shopping centers and hardware stores
  • Cultural sites & museums
  • Office building
  • Production facilities
  • Restaurants and hairdressers



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DQS Group is holding a free webinars for customers!

Do you have questions about remote audit?

What should be clarified in preparation for a remote audit? What security aspects need to be considered? Is it possible to conduct a remote audit only during a Covid-19 pandemic or not? Finally, how does DQS prepare its auditors for remote audits?

Get answers at the DQS free webinar: “Remote audit – areas of application, opportunities and challenges”

The remote audit, ie the audit without the personal presence of auditors at the audit site, activated by the current pandemic, is becoming increasingly important, it has been allowed before, but not enough attention has been paid.

Based on the many remote audits conducted during this time, we will be happy to share our knowledge and experience with you and help you find this audit method realistic and effective for your company.

This webinar is moderated by Frank Greichen, DQS Auditor and current Director of Audit Management and Competence at DQS GmbH. He will explain how remote audits work and how they differ from “classic audits” in his webinar.

Here’s the contents of our free webinar:

  • Results of our customer and auditor survey on the readiness for use and quality of remote audits.
  • What distinguishes a remote audit from “classic” audit methods.
  • Which software tools are used and how these have proven themselves.
  • Which preparations are necessary to implement this audit method effectively and efficiently.
  • For which subject areas and process groups remote audits can be usefully applied, but also for which areas this is not the case.
  • Which limitations, errors and obstacles are revealed in the practical application? What experiences have been made and what recommendations are available?

How can I participate in this webinar?

All you need to participate is Internet access and a telephone. The webinar presentation lasts about 45 minutes. After the presentation there will be enough time to answer the questions. At the end of the webinar, participants will receive a presentation in PDF format.

Sign up here for one of these free DQS webinar sessions:

3 June 2020 at 15:30 hrs. CEST

4 June 2020 at 10:00 hrs. CEST

The language of the webinar is English.


Be sure to follow us on the corporate website DQS  and DQS Україна

in social networks onа Facebook, Twitter, Telegram, LinkedIn and YouTube.


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DQS offer for the hotel business to increase customer confidence during the pandemic

In the difficult times of the global Covid-19 pandemic, the hotel business will lose almost the most. The pandemic changed everything. In order to survive in difficult times, adapt quickly and recover, hotels must offer new standards of gaining and maintaining customer trust. When choosing hotels, guests will have one priority above all: hygiene and safety. In addition to the unconditional importance of preventive measures, there is the task of convincing communication with customers who need to know and trust the hotel they choose. Through independent auditing and certification, hotels can confirm compliance with their care responsibilities, demonstrate transparency and gain the trust of their esteemed guests.

DQS-CFS GmbH within the voluntary certification of GC-MARK HELLO HYGIENE! an audit protocol was developed to provide independent confirmation to hotels and restaurants that they had taken the necessary preventive measures during the pandemic.

In the event of disputes or lawsuits, the question of what level of care can reasonably be expected is often crucial. Due diligence audit by DQS helps businesses assess due diligence on international standards and benchmarks, confirms the level of care, reduces liability risks, protects reputation, and generally helps to gain and maintain customer trust.

We recommend reading the information brochure, sample certificate.

If you are aware of the competitive advantages of DQS certification as part of the GC-MARK HELLO HYGIENE! voluntary certification, contact DQS Ukraine for further action.

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Building on DQS REMOTE’s remote audit and service delivery initiative, DQS-CFS GmbH has developed the i-Assessment product to assess business continuity management.
The i-Assessment of ISO 22301 is a simple tool for assessing the compliance of your business continuity management (BCM) system. Based on an online questionnaire containing about 60 questions, you will receive a report outlining your strengths and weaknesses, as well as a certificate with a total score.
Depending on how familiar you are with your business continuity management system, it takes about an hour to evaluate.
The tool can be used as a stand-alone tool, or as the first step in a complete remote audit.

Posted in DQS-Holding News

Pandemic Due Diligence Assessment from DQS-CFS GmbH

Epidemics and pandemics can stop businesses. Although COVID-19 is a prime example, it is not the first and will not be the last pandemic to seriously affect business continuity. Even local epidemics can bring business to its knees – especially when unprepared. The self-assessment procedure developed by DQS-CFS GmbH allows you to evaluate your due diligence measures and discover your level of preparedness.
Assessing due diligence in a pandemic is a new online tool that allows you to obtain independent confirmation that your company is fulfilling its duty of care properly.

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DQS Remote is a new DQS initiative

Over the past month, Google’s search for “remote audit” has been searched twice as often as usual.

The situation in the management certification system has changed dramatically. Events that are happening now can change the audit business forever. As the scale of the pandemic unfolded, DQS began working to bring its services into line with the new reality.
Following the new trends caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, DQS has launched a new DQS Remote initiative. This is a site that provides information on all DQS remote experience, including remote auditing of quality systems, vendors, distance learning, and more.
To get acquainted with the site, go to https://remote-audits.com/.

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DQS CFG posted on its website COVID-19 Coronavirus information page:


The outbreak of the corona virus has a significant impact on the planning and timely execution of certification audits worldwide. As this is an exceptional situation, exemptions have been adopted by the accreditation bodies and the scheme owners. Above all, these serve to avoid negative effects on the certification status of certified as far as possible.

This page was updated on March 30, 2020. Changes made relate to the following scheme: FSSC 22000. The information is very much subject to change as the situation unfolds. Please check back regularly.

Even during this extreme situation, the requirements of the accreditation bodies and the scheme owners must be complied with. We recommend all certified sites to familiarize themselves with the provisions made and, in doubt, to contact their account manager.


Different exceptions apply to the different schemes and standards. As the situation is still developing, further exceptions may be introduced in the coming days and weeks.

  • BRCGS Standards: If audits cannot take place and a certificate is about to expire, BRCGS provides the option of extending the certificate up to a period of 6 months. This extension will be based on a risk assessment by the site’s current certification body and will be verified through the exchange of relevant documents and an interview process. Once the site becomes accessible, the full onsite audit will take place as normal. You can find more detailed information here.
  • IFS Standards: If audits cannot be conducted within the specified timeframe the certificate will expire. An extension of the certificate without an audit is not possible. The IFS database will show that the certificate could not be extended due to the corona pandemic. However, a regulation for remote audits is currently in development.
  • FSSC 22000:
    • If a recertification audit cannot be carried out on time, FSSC 22000 provides the option of extending the certificate up to a period of 6 months. This extension will be based on a documented risk assessment by the site’s current certification body. The full V5 recertification audit needs to take place within the 6 months validity extension window, with sufficient time to ensure that the extended certificate does not expire, and continuous certification is maintained.
    • If a surveillance audit cannot be carried out on time, the certification body will conduct a risk assessment, an interview and exchange relevant documents with the site. This could lead to a certification decision to maintain the certificate, suspend the certificate or postponement of the surveillance  audit by a maximum of 6 months within the calendar year.
  • EFISC – GTP: Both surveillance and recertification audits can be postponed for a maximum period of six months.
  • FAMI-QS:
    Surveillance audits that could not be carried out on time due to the corona pandemic must be rescheduled until July 31, 2020 at the latest. In the event that it is not possible to conduct the surveillance audit by July 31st, the certificate must be suspended for a period of three months. If no audit is carried out within these three months, the certificate must be withdrawn.
    Recertification audits: Until September 30, 2020, recertification audits can be conducted remotely. Expiring certificates cannot be extended without an audit. If a site applies for certification after its certificate has expired, it must start with an initial audit, but the stage 1 audit can be skipped.
  • QS: The regulation is described in an information letter.
  • ISO 9001 – ISO 14001 – ISO 22000 – ISO 22301 – ISO 22716 – ISO 37001 – ISO 45001 – ISO 50001 …: Taking into account the applicable accreditation requirements, DQS CFS GmbH has decided to accept alternatives such as remote audits, under clearly defined circumstances. In accordance with the accreditation requirements, DQS CFS GmbH is obliged to carry out a risk assessment based on the information provided by the certified organization. A remote audit will only be possible after a positive risk assessment.
  • EFfCI GMP: Both surveillance and recertification audits can be postponed for a maximum of six months, without any consequences for the certification status.
  • EN 16636 – CEPA Certified: Until informed otherwise, all audits can be conducted remotely.
  • VLOG: audits can be postponed in consultation with DQS CFS GmbH.


In general, it should be noted that cancellations are only possible if an audit would pose an unreasonable risk or is simply not possible due to travel restrictions stemming from the current situation with the corona pandemic.

If you feel compelled to cancel a planned audit, please inform us immediately.

You can cancel the audit by writing an email to info@dqs-cfs.com and informing us of the audit dates that need be canceled. Please also inform us about the time window during which audits are not possible. This procedure applies to both announced and unannounced audits.

If you have not informed us about an audit cancellation and the auditor has already begun travelling to your site,  the entire costs of the auditmust be reimbursed.

Please note that the exceptions apply until further notice only for cancellations of the audit dates in March and April 2020.

Posted in DQS-Holding News

Information for DQS Ukraine customers

COVID-19 Coronavirus: How DQS supports customers

As of today, the Coronavirus continues to spread globally. DQS is observing the developments very closely.

Our primary concern is the health and safety of our customers, employees and auditors and the communities we operate and live in while giving everyone the information to make the necessary decisions.

DQS is in close contact with its accreditation bodies, offices and auditors around the world to provide clients with the information they need to mitigate their impact, and how DQS is ready to help our clients manage their business and operations? management requirements during this pandemic event.

In cases where your organization is impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19 and/or you need advice about postponement or changes of a planned audit, please provide the necessary information to the DQS Ukraine office to assess the feasibility of an audit based on the following major issues:

  • Can the audit proceed as scheduled?
  • How is the extent of the current limitations to the facility/organisation:
    • Is it possible to access parts of your facility/organisation?
    • Who is available?
    • Have you needed technology/experience with remote meetings such as video conferences?
  • It is also important to know what kind of audit is currently been planned: is it a recertification audit or a surveillance audit? For which standards are you certified?
  • What are the specific process-orientated risks for your business?

Based on the answers to these questions and the subsequent exchange of information with our customers, an individual decision will be made in each case.

We are ready to assist you, but there are additional risk factors that will need to be discussed as we constantly monitor regional issues and developments in this pandemic.

Please report any questions and concerns to the DQS Ukraine office, feel free to contact our staff and your auditor!

Posted in DQS-Ukraine news, Uncategorized


An article in Ukrainian for Ukrainian audiences – a roadmap in a vague virus situation, and a ready-made mini-training plan for employees with visual materials. It also provides an algorithm for releasing a sick worker at home and samples of required documents.

How To Protect Workers From Coronavirus



Posted in DQS-Ukraine news, Uncategorized

Training for Service Providers under the Community Energy Efficiency II Project

Training for service providers under the Energy Efficiency in Communities II project, implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, was commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in Kyiv on February 17-19, 2020. Participants were greeted by Project Director Ricardo Kulheim, noting the importance of further developing synergies between energy efficiency service providers and municipalities.

Project consultants introduced the concept of municipal energy management modules implemented in pilot cities within the Project. The program of the event was designed for 3 days and included training in the skills needed to support cities and the Community Economic Development in implementing energy management. Also within the framework of the event a practical visit to the school №87 was held, where a training express energy audit was conducted.

The following topics were elaborated at the training:

  • Municipal Energy Management Modules
  • Benchmarking and portfolio analysis of municipal buildings
  • Express energy audits
  • Optimization of the heat supply system
  • Object management
  • Information on the development and implementation of the business case.

The organizers of the training invited the director of DQS Ukraine Viktor Yagodzynskyi to participate in the seminar.

Posted in DQS-Ukraine news

We are DQS – 35 years of successful partnership

We are on a mission to provide value-adding assessments in order to guide organizations toward sustainable success.

We are 2500 auditors from 85 offices performing 125 000 audit days per year at 65 000 sites in 130 countries around the world.

And we are on a journey since February 1985 when DIN (German Institute for Standardization) and DGQ (German Society for Quality) founded DQS as the first Certification Body in Germany. Operations commenced under the first Managing Director Dr. Wolfgang Hansen just five months before the first draft of what would become ISO 9001 was published.

Join us as we explore our history, and make plans for our future:



Published by Dieter Stadler and the DQS Corporate Marketing Team

Posted in DQS-Holding News

Train-the-Auditor-Trainer 2020 took place at DQS

The annual Train-the-Auditor-Trainer 2020 (TTAT) event took place on January 16-17, 2020 in Frankfurt. About 90 experienced auditors from 50 countries came together again in the Rilano Hotel and participated in the annual two-day training that focused on the standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001 and ISO 50001. This event will be followed by local trainings in international DQS offices, thus ensuring the calibration of DQS Auditors all over the world.

The motto of this year’s training was Digitalization. The Managing Director of DQS Holding GmbH, Mr. Michael Drechsel, started with the presentation of the results for 2019 and gave an outlook for 2020. He also described how a certification body like DQS can possibly contribute to the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

Highlights of the TTAT training were topics concerning

  • How will auditing be in 15 years when DQS will be 50 years old
  • Four live remote audits with DQS customers
  • Auditing of highly digitized processes
  • Evaluation of audit findings
  • Audit planning of integrated management systems.

Participant from Ukraine was Head of General Certification and Management System Department LLC «DQS CERTIFIC UKRAINE», DQS Lead auditor for ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, TAPA (TSR, FSR, PSR) Gavrylko Oleksandr.

Posted in DQS-Holding News, DQS-Ukraine news

DQS Ukraine invites to the TAPA TSR seminar in Kyiv


According to the European Union, the damage caused by theft during transport exceeds € 8 billion a year. To counter the growing security threats, the Transport Assets Protection Association (TAPA) has initiated the development of TAPA TSR (Truck Safety Requirements) standards for greater transparency and security in the transportation and logistics sectors.

In an effort to familiarize you with this standard, we invite you to a seminar that will be held on 24.02.2020. at 10:00.

Participation in this seminar is free of charge.

To participate in the seminar, please fill out the application form and send it to our address tapa.dqs@gmail.com


Posted in DQS-Ukraine news

Risk Management Model

The basic business processes of the enterprise that are the basis for building a risk management system are identified. The main components of the enterprise risk management model have been established in accordance with the planning, operation and control of the enterprise activity. Based on the proposed model, risk identification techniques and key indicators that influence the performance of risk analysis and management at the enterprise are identified.

Published December 24, 2019 in a scholarly professional journal “HERALD of KNUTE” №7/2019

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