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DQS is now an approved certification body within the F4SS AuditOne Initiative

The Foundation for Strategic Sourcing (F4SS) has approved DQS as a certification body for the AuditOne Initiative.  Effective immediately, the DQS Group will be able to conduct audits within the AuditOne framework, a recently launched industry initiative to harmonize quality audits within the consumer goods industry.  With the approval, DQS confirms its position as one of the most trusted certification bodies for the consumer products industry in the world.

The AuditOne Initiative aims to create a single set of quality standards and audit processes for the consumer goods industry, thereby reducing the audit burden in the supply chain. With leading companies and brands such as Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, L’Oreal and Estée Lauder backing the initiative, AuditOne is bound to become a crucial instrument within the FMCG supply chain.

The approval is good news for all DQS-certified sites, who can rest assured that DQS certificates continue to enjoy the highest level of recognition in the market.

AuditOne: One Quality Audit for Multiple Customers

The idea behind AuditOne is that suppliers can meet the quality requirements of several clients with only one annual audit. This not only reduces the auditing costs, but also alleviates the compliance burden for suppliers, who often had to comply with the diverging quality requirements of individual customers.

Covered within the scope of AuditOne are amongst other suppliers of cosmetic ingredients, vitamins, nutritionals, raw materials and ingredients for home and laundry products, active pharmaceutical ingredients and excipients, as well as suppliers of primary and secondary packaging materials.

The AuditOne Initiative does not set new requirements, but relies on existing standards to create a unified framework. Depending on the scope of their activities, suppliers are audited against internationally recognized standards such as HPC 420, EFfCI, EXCiPACT, ISO 15378 and the BRC Packaging Standard.  A full overview of the initiative and the procedure for suppliers is available on the F4SS website.

DQS: Your Partner for AuditOne

After a positive evaluation of our internal quality procedures, DQS was approved by F4SS in November 2016. The approval covers all standards that are part of the AuditOne Initiative, without any geographical restrictions. With a network of highly qualified auditors around the globe, DQS has the capability to provide value-adding audits to all participating suppliers.

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

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