DQS South Africa, its assessment and review personnel are obliged to conduct their evaluations and reviews with the highest professional reliability and the required technical knowledge and competence. By way of internal regulations and processes, they are protected and at all times remain free from any possible influence with regards to their evaluation or review of results, especially from persons or groups interested in the results of the respective evaluation or review. This also applies without any restrictions to any possible influence of financial nature.
DQS South Africa warrants the independence of its personnel in charge of the reviews. The volume of payment to any person taking part in the certification decision making is neither related to the number of reviews conducted, nor is it related to the review results.
DQS South Africa commits itself to impartiality in the conduction of its certification activities and ensures that any conflicts of interest are identified, analysed and eliminated, so that the objectivity of its certification activities is fulfilled at all times. The detailed DQS South Africa Policy on Independence and Impartiality shall be provided on request.
The DQS Impartiality Committee consists of representatives from interested parties, associations, clients and customers of clients, whose main function is to ensure the impartiality of DQS (Pty) Ltd. in accordance with ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015. This committee meets annually to conduct a review of the impartiality of the audit, certification and decision-making process of DQS as a certification body, with the provision that a second meeting may be scheduled to allow for additional engagement and dealing with follow-up issues.
The Impartiality Committee can be contacted on the customer feedback page regarding any impartiality-related complaints or queries.
To serve on the DQS Impartiality Committee, submit your request on the customer feedback page.
The most recent DQS Impartiality Committee took place on 7 June 2019.
Based on the information presented by DQS South Africa on the processes in place to mitigate threats to impartiality, the Impartiality Committee Meeting members unanimously agreed that they find DQS to conduct its activities impartially.