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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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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
Assessment.

 

 

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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.

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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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Training of managers in Ukraine

ПІДГОТОВКА МЕНЕДЖЕРІВ В УКРАЇНІ

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.

 

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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.

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“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.

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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.

WHO ARE THE AUDITS & CERTIFICATION FOR?

  • 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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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!

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HOW TO PROTECT WORKERS FROM CORONAVIRUS

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

 

 

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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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Food information: nutritional value, health benefits

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.

 

 

 

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The Health Department of Odessa City Council received certificates for QMS according to ISO 9001:2015

 


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.

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Getting the trust of partners through GC-Mark certification

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.

GC-Mark certification and Global Compliance registration are four steps

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:

  • Evaluation of documentation and self-assessment results
  • Object audit
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.

Oleksandr Kravchenko, Lead Auditor of DQS
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Law of Ukraine “On the basic principles and requirements for organic production, circulation and labeling of organic products”

Law on requirements for organic production and labeling of organic products enters into force in August this year

On August 2, 2019, the Law of Ukraine “On Basic Principles and Requirements for Organic Production, Circulation and Labeling of Organic Products” enters into force, which takes into account European experience in implementing the public-private control system for the organic sector of agricultural production.

According to this Law, state control (supervision) in the field of organic production, circulation and labeling of organic products by operators is carried out by State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection. Its authority in the field of organic production, circulation and labeling of organic products also includes the development and approval of a state logo for organic produce, promoting the development of the organic produce market, maintaining the Register of Organic Market Operators, the Register of Organic Seeds and Planting Material and the Register of Certification Bodies, as well as ensuring the openness and accessibility of these registers.

According to Article 27 of the Law, organic production and / or circulation of organic products in Ukraine is subject to certification. Certification is not only subject to the movement, storage and sale of labeled organic products.

The provisions of the Law also contain requirements for the certification of organic production and circulation of organic products, set requirements for certification bodies, their functions and responsibilities. The certification of organic production is vested in accredited certification bodies.

Certification of organic production and / or circulation of organic products is carried out with the annual mandatory field inspection by the certification body in order to determine the conformity of the production process and its circulation with the requirements of the legislation in the field of organic production.

Pursuant to Article 27 of the Law, a person who intends to switch to organic production or to market organic produce may choose any accredited body and enter into a certification contract with him. In the case of certification of organic production according to norms and standards recognized in foreign countries or international organizations, a person has the right to conclude an additional agreement with a foreign certification body.

Following the verification of compliance of all stages of production and circulation of organic production with the requirements of the legislation in the field of organic production, circulation and labeling of organic products, the certification body makes a reasoned decision to issue or refuse to issue a certificate.

The certificate is valid for 15 months from the date of issue.

A certificate of production and / or circulation of organic products under other legislation than legislation Ukraine recognized in Ukraine to import or export of such products if it is entered in the List of foreign certification bodies.

For the entry of the foreign certification body into the List of foreign certification bodies, the importer or exporter submits an application to the central executive body, which implements the state policy in the field of safety and certain indicators of food quality. The application shall be submitted in any form.

The Law also provides for the responsibility for violation of the norms in the field of organic production, circulation and labeling of organic products in the form of a fine, including the responsibility for non-compliance with the law and certification bodies.

Source:
http://www.consumer.gov.ua/…/U_serpni_potochnogo_roku_nabuv…

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Expanding Recognition National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine in the International Accreditation Forum

The National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine reports that during the Joint IAF-ILAC Mid-Term Meetings, which took place from 4 to 11 April at Le Méridien Parkhotel in Frankfurt, Germany, it was decided to recognize the European Accreditation Cooperation (EA) for the four sub-fields of the IAF Multilateral Agreement (IAF MLA), namely:

  • ISO 50001 – “Energy management systems. Requirements for usage guidelines”
  • ISO/IEC 27001 – “Information Security Management Systems. Requirements”
  • ISO 13485 – “Medical products. Quality management systems. Regulatory Requirements”
  • ISO 22000 – “Food Safety Management Systems. Requirements for any organization in the food chain”

Thus, all EA members, including NAAU, who have recognized in similar areas within the EA, have automatically become signatories to the IAF MLA regarding the above sub-fields.
This enables the Conformity Fssessment Bodies accredited by the NAAU to use the combined IAF MLA mark within the scope of the recognition of the NAAU at the IAF in its certification documents subject to the signing of the relevant license agreement with the NAAU.

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