Updates to Standards – Quarter 2

The 2018 Quarter 2 issue of the Updates to Standards Newsletter is now published and includes articles on the following topics:

  • ISO 45001:2018 Transition Plan
  • GDPR Compliance FAQ
  • Summary of CMMI 2.0 Changes
  • Updates to IAF Mandatory Documents

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Sustainablity: Important Update of AA1000 Accountability Principles Standard Now Available

On May 10, AccountAbility published a new version of its AA1000 AcountAbility Principles Standard (AA1000AP: 2018). The standard is not only a commonly referenced framework for sustainability management, but also serves as the basis for external assurance on sustainability reports. The revision of the standard, to which DQS contributed as a member of the working group, has led to some important changes.

The purpose of the AA1000AP standard is to provide organisations with a practical set of guiding principles with which they can assess, manage, improve and communicate their sustainability performance. The standard is often used in combination with the AA1000 Assurance Standard (AA1000 AS), which forms the basis for third-party assurance on sustainability reports.

The Principles

Organizations that submit their sustainability report to external assurance in accordance with AA1000 should be aware of the changes in the AA1000 Principles, as those principles are the basis for the assurance process. The previous version of the standard comprises three guiding principles:

  • Inclusivity – People should have a say in the decisions that impact them.
  • Materiality – Decision makers should identify and be clear about the sustainability topics that matter.
  • Responsiveness – Organisations should act transparently on material sustainability topics and their related impacts.

To this, a fourth principle has been added:

  • Impact – Organisations should monitor, measure and be accountable for how their actions affect their broader ecosystems.

Dr. Sied Sadek, CEO of DQS CFS GmbH and a member of the AA1000 working group, explains the addition of the fourth principle as follows: “In the past couple of years, sustainability management is maturing into a results-based approach. The focus is not on good intentions, but in identifying and measuring impacts in a manner that enables all stakeholders to take appropriate action.”

The standard, including a full description of the principles, can be downloaded from the AccountAbility website free of charge.

Alignment with GRI Standards

For organizations that prepare their sustainability report in accordance with the GRI Standards, the addition of the fourth principle does not change much in terms of reporting requirements: the GRI Standards already require organizations to report their significant economic, environmental and social impacts for each material topic.

Transition Timeline

The AA1000AP (2018) replaces the previous AccountAbility Principles Standard (AA1000APS, 2008). For reports published from January 1st 2019 onwards, organisations seeking assurance through the AA1000 Assurance Standard (AA1000AS) should use the 2018 version. For reports published before this date, however, organisations can continue to use the AA1000APS (2008) if they prefer.

What DQS can do for you

As an AA1000-licensed assurance provider, DQS provides external assurance on sustainability reports (GRI, Global Compact, ISO 26000, …), regardless of industry sector. External assurance increases the transparency and credibility of sustainability reports and gives stakeholders the confidence that reports provide an accurate and complete picture of your sustainability performance. Upon request, we also provide inhouse workshops on the implementation of the AA1000 principles.


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DQS Medical Device Business growing strong abroad

The certification of medical devices has always been a very special niche for DQS Group, surrounded as it is by regulatory requirements and legal obligations as well as accreditation and notification rules. And since its humble beginnings as a “profit center” within DQS GmbH, to the founding of the wholly-owned subsidiary “DQS Medizinprodukte (DQS MED)”, our medical device people never lost sight of growing their business on an international scale.

Of particular interest on the international stage, which for DQS is worldwide, are the EU’s Medical Device Directive 93/42/EEC (MDD), the Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP) for the US and Canadian markets, as well as ISO 15378. Working together with the local managing directors in India, Greece, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey and Taiwan (to name just a few), classroom trainings supplemented by webinars have been designed in order to train local experts in the intricacies of medical device certification on site.

Some offices are already one step ahead in this cooperation and in building their local business. In addition to many years of good cooperation with DQS Malaysia and DQS Romania, local medical device auditors can also be found in our offices in Japan and Australia.

Medically qualified auditors on five continents

By qualifying local auditors, DQS MED is creating a worldwide network of medical auditors. On the one hand, local DQS offices themselves can make use of these auditors to carry out their own audits, and on the other hand, these are also available to DQS MED for their growing need of international auditors, in order to continue to operate successfully as Notified Body in the market.

DQS Group is very proud that the ongoing initiative of our medical device subsidiary has resulted in such a successful development, and look forward to many more satisfied medical customers.

For anybody interested in these or other medical certification services, please find the list of the international offices of DQS Group here.

Article courtesy of DQS MED, www.dqs-med.de

The picture shows, from the left: Lance Brendon DQS Australia, Sigrid Uhlemann DQS MED, Ryukichi Inoue DQS Japan at the International Management Meeting 2018 in Berlin

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