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.
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.
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.
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!
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”
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 Ukraine. The ISO Survey counts the number of certificates issued by certification bodies that have been accredited by members of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).
ISO SURVEY 2020
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
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:
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”.
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.
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)
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.
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:
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
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Adequately 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.
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.
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.
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:
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 information security management audit also covered the organization of the physical protection at Ukrenergo’s facilities. In particular:
“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.
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:
You will find detailed information in the MyDQS 2.0 Release Letter and the MyDQS 2.0 User Guide.
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
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.
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
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.
In 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The language of the webinar is English.
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.
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.
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.
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/.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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:
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!
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.
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:
The organizers of the training invited the director of DQS Ukraine Viktor Yagodzynskyi to participate in the seminar.
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
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
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.
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.
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
The Ministry of Health of Ukraine has developed a draft order “On approval of the requirements for allegations about nutritional value of foodstuffs and for allegations about the health benefits of foodstuffs” and made it for public discussion.
It aims to align Ukrainian legislation with Commission Regulation (EU) regarding claims of nutritional value and health benefits. This will allow you to control the truth of the information given on the food (labelling), documents and advertising. The project concerns goods manufactured in Ukraine and abroad.
All requirements also apply to dietary supplements and baby nutrition if, in accordance with these provisions, namely Order №1114 of 19.12.2013 “On Approval of Hygienic Requirements for Dietary Supplements” and Order №696 of 06.08.2013 “On Approval of Hygiene Requirements for Baby Products nutrition, safety parameters and individual indicators of their quality”, nothing else is provided.
More information in the article of December 29, 2019 on the website of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.
DQS Ukraine having played a significant role in the developing of certification scheme for Ukrainian public organizations and announced a positive assessment at the beginning of 2020 year in regional city Odessa (population is more then 900 000). Health Department of Odessa City Council has been awarded with the first international certificate. The certificates of the German certification body DQS and the International certification network IQNet were solemnly presented at a meeting of the mayor’s office in the City hall by Viktor Yahodzinsky, Director of DQS Ukraine.
The Director of the Department, Elena Yakimenko, noted that a lot of teamwork was carried out during last year to ensure compliance with the requirements of the international standard, to increase productivity in the workplaces and the quality of service for Odessa residents. She also assured that, as part of the implementation of the Agreement on Association of Ukraine with the EU, the Health Department is interested to participate in a twinning project for benchmarking European best practices in the healthcare.
In a globally saturated market, it is critical to building trust between partners to succeed in business. Loyalty to the supplier by its customers and other stakeholders makes this success continuous and growing.
To help businesses and organizations build trust, one of the world’s leading certification companies, DQS (Germany), has launched a new comprehensive loyalty program spread across continents called GC-Mark. This program provides for simplified procedures for voluntary conformity assessment of products, services and/or organizations (enterprises) based on the available Global Conformance rules and requirements. It is focused on building trust between different parties of economic interaction and maintaining that trust over time.
It is well known that under the current rules of conformity assessment, organizations need to meet a wide variety of requirements to obtain product certification or to their target management systems. At the same time, GC-Mark is designed to make it easier to meet these requirements, while ensuring the continued attractiveness of the business: GC-Mark can be trusted in one step.
To this end, DQS has developed programs for all GC-Mark a check-list of criteria that are based on national and international rules and regulations. At the same time, the GC-Mark approach and criteria are compatible with existing requirements for quality management systems, ecology, occupational safety and more. Checklists are available to any organization for self-assessment and external audit directly at the site. Using GC-Mark programs helps organizations prepare for the audit on their own and eliminate potential inconsistencies.
Based on GC-Mark, organizations have the unique ability to bring their compliance with globally recognized criteria to partners who may be unfamiliar with the intricacies of international standards for management systems and their certification. And thus increase the attractiveness of the market and the external recognition of their organization. To obtain GC-Mark certificates, organizations do not need to have or obtain an appropriate ISO certificate for their target management system. Unlike ISO certificates, GC-Mark is more visually appealing and understandable to all stakeholders.
GC-Mark is a registered trademark of DQS CFS GmbH and the international DQS Group with 85 offices in more than 60 countries.
The GC-Mark catalogue includes more than 40 types of GC-Mark certificates and offers certificates attesting to the quality, safety, sustainability and hygiene of products (services) as well as the excellence of organizations. They focus on various parameters such as durability and quality of products, environmental impact, compliance with applicable laws and regulations, reliability of suppliers, and social responsibility of the organization. For each GC-Mark, there is an appropriate list of criteria that must be met to be GC-Mark certified. The following are examples of individual GC-Mark certificate groups.
|1. Application, commercial offer and contract||2. Preparation for self-assessment (according to check-list)||3. Inspection and Audit (in the territory of the organization)||4. Issue of Global Compliance certificate|
|Enrol in Global Compliance.||In the second stage, self-assessment is provided, covering all aspects of the Global Compliance Principles applied to the DQS eSolutions platform.||The verification phase is usually divided into two separate parts:
||GC-Mark certificate and the right to use it for one year.|
GC-Mark certificates already have such well-known companies as Coca-Cola European Partners Deutschland GmbH, British American Tobacco, Athens International Airport, BASF Petronas Chemicals, BOSCH LIMITED, Carl Kühne KG, HENKEL INDUSTRIE AG, Symrise Inc. and many more.
Validated Assessment Program (VAP) is the social audit program of a Responsible Business Alliance (RBA). This alliance is made up of leading global brands that have agreed on a common Code of conduct and social audit process to ensure social responsibility in their supply chains.
Today, it is a global alliance of more than 150 companies with a combined annual revenue of $ 5 trillion. Not only are these companies obliged to comply with the Code of conduct, but they also keep their first-level suppliers up to the same standard. The RBA has developed an audit protocol to ensure compliance with the Code of Conduct.
DQS is one of the few audit firms that is allowed to evaluate compliance with the Code of conduct. As an approved VAP audit firm, DQS will be pleased to have you in the supply chain social responsibility audit. With the help of a global network of offices and auditors, the DQS Group is pleased to assist you worldwide.
See additional material here.
Starting in 2019 DQS Holding, based on the competence of DQS GmbH in this field, has begun to promote GDP (Good Distribution Practice) – EU Guidelines for Good Distribution Practice of medicinal products for human use (2013/C343/01) globally.
DQS Holding offered training sessions and defined the international process of work audits in this field. Currently, 14 auditors from eight countries are properly qualified.
The first outcome of GDPR competence development has occurred in Africa. DQS South Africa has awarded its customer the first GDP World Flight Services certification for their sites at Johannesburg and Cape Town.
A press release published by WFS: WFS Press Release 22-10-19
Management systems have a reputation of being too paper based on the need to document information. Many organizations therefore choose a software solution to convert paper stacks into digital data. However, digital data is subject to information security and legislation of information security.
After a careful study of this situation actually reveals:
– ISO 9001 has never required paper documents to create, maintain, and improve management systems;
– Software solutions can only support management systems if the business processes themselves support digitization. Otherwise, the problems will only be transferred to another medium, which can make the situation worse as digitization creates its own problems.
– The protection and security of information and personal data has always been problematic for stakeholders such as customers, partners and employees.
So how can an organization benefit from digitalization and still meet all the relevant requirements of the standard? A deeper look at ISO 9001 shows that this standard has a lot to do. Not only is ISO 9001 compatible with the advancement of digitization, it can be easily used to facilitate and support digital development.
Andreas Altena and Angelika Müller
Original article: Customer journal no.86- III/2019 p. 6
Top-level standards are the only aspect of the latest revision of ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015. As many professionals need to obtain additional information about this structure for their clients, the DQS Corporate Marketing Department has prepared the information document in the Appendix. It consists of five charts showing the individual sections ISO 9001, 14001, 45001, 50001 and 27001.
Director of «DQS CERTIFIC UKRAINE» LLC
Head of DQS Certificate Ukraine OS V. Yagodzinski participated in the event “H2020 Innovation Associate”.
Attached are event materials that provide step-by-step instructions for participating in the Innovation Associate.
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We start this issue with TISAX and why (not only) the automotive industry is so excited about it, followed by the third installment of our series about ISO 45001 and the importance of worker participation and consultation for Occupational Health and Safety.
On the subject of Logistics, you can read here about TAPA and why UPS thinks having their GDP certified by DQS was a good idea, while two DQS auditors share with us their insights on the digitalization of quality management, and we share in the pride of TDK and DQS Inc. about their certification celebration.
Rounding this off are some certificate presentations by DQS Malaysia to Aerospace customers. Enjoy the happy faces that stand for customers who are very satisfied with the services our international offices and auditors deliver!
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Dieter Stadler and the Corporate Marketing Team
Food safety culture is the new buzzword in the industry; starting with BRCGS Food Version 8 coming up in February 2020, we expect to see more demand for the “shared values, beliefs and norms that affect mindset and behaviour toward food safety in, across and throughout an organization”, as the Global Food Safety Initiative*s (GFSI) technical working group defines it. To help organizations identify and develop their own food safety culture, GFSI has published a position paper regarding food safety culture that deals with three main topics:
Here you can access the summary of the position paper.
On August 1 BRCGS launched the Global Standard for Packaging Materials Issue 6 – and it is not just the name that was subject to a change. The new BRCGS Packaging Materials – Issue 6 includes six major changes: two key changes concerning the protocol and four key changes regarding the requirements of the former Packaging and Packaging materials – Issue 5 certification.
Changes to the Protocol:
1. Removing the second hygiene category
2. Removing second/split unannounced audit option
Changes to the Requirements:
1. Corrective and preventive action: fundamental clause
2. Emphasis on product quality
3. Product safety and quality culture
4. Pellet, flake and powder control in the plastic industry
After publication of the new version, on August 1, 2019, there is a transition period of six months. The use of Issue 6 is compulsory for all certification audits taking place from February 2020 onwards. Here you can read more about the changes and download the new standard.
Introducing the new BRCGS Ethical Trade and Responsible Sourcing Standard
In the consumer goods industry, BRCGS Global Standards is widely recognized as one of the leading certification scheme owners for product quality and safety. With the new Global Standard for Ethical Trade & Responsible Sourcing, BRCGS is taking its experience with scheme management into the area of responsible sourcing. In this article, we provide an overview of what to expect from the new scheme.
In other food safety news: FSSC 22000 Version 5 – Main Changes
On June 3, FSSC 22000 published Version 5 of its certification scheme. One big reason for the revision is the publication of the standard ISO 22000: 2018 last summer, which is used as a basis for the GFSI benchmarked certification scheme. The new version includes mainly structural changes that we will present in this article.
Originally published in the current DQS CFS NewsletterDieter Stadler and the Corporate Marketing Team
On the website of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine there is a notice on the promulgation of the draft order of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine “On approval of the Rules of application of the simplified approach to the development, implementation and use of permanent procedures based on the principles of the system of analysis of dangerous factors and control at critical points HACCP). Ект The draft order was developed to determine the legal and organizational framework for ensuring the safety of feed in the process of their production, circulation and use, in particular the approval of rules for the application of a simplified approach to the development, implementation and use of permanent procedures based on the principles of hazard analysis and critical control systems .
See details here.