System Certification
ACCREDITED SYSTEM CERTIFICATION
A certification audit is always part of an assessment process that strives towards sustainable success. This process is a complete review and surveillance of a system covering at least three years. The compliance with particular norms or standards is reviewed during the actual certification audit and officially confirmed with a document – the certificate.

An essential prerequisite for a certification is an independent, impartial and objective review by a competent third party.

The value of a certificate always depends on the degree of public confidence in the certifying accredited body. DQS is the oldest and most experienced service provider for certifying and assessing management systems and processes in Germany – and enjoys highest reputation with the public, institutions and financiers. Use our worldwide reputation for your success.

We issue internationally recognised certificates based on accredited procedures. Furthermore, we have a particularly large and diversified competency regarding norms. DQS has been and is involved in the preparation of numerous norm specifications in DIN and IQNet committees as well as ministries and associations. With us, you are at the source of norm know-how.

THE ROAD TO CERTIFICATION
  • During the implementation process, DQS offers a gap analysis to identify potential for improvement. This enables you to prepare for the certification audit as efficiently as possible. Gap report generated allows better insight on issues that needs to be addressed before the certification audit.
  • Once your company is ready, we sit the audit date and select an auditor with the necessary experience and competencies in your sector.
  • During the initial assessment, we evaluate whether your company meets the requirements of the required Management Standard.
  • The audit duration depends on the size and complexity of your operations.
  • After the audit, you will receive a detailed report, outlining our findings and describing the potential for improvement.
  • Should there be any non-conformities, you will have three months time to correct them and implement the appropriate corrective measures.
  • As soon as all non-conformities have been closed and confirmed as such, the ISO Certificate will be issued, with a validity of three years. The certificate will be published in the publicly accessible DQS Database.
  • In order to maintain the validity of the certificate, yearly surveillance audits will take place in the second and third year of the certification cycle.
  • A detailed audit report is part of our service.
  • The certificate will expire three years after the initial audit. If you wish to renew the certificate, a new three-year-cycle begins.
GAP ANALYSIS
PLANNING
INITIAL AUDIT
AUDIT REPORT
CORRECTIVE ACTIONS
CERTIFICATE
DQS CERTIFICATE DATABASE
SURVEILLANCE AUDITS