ISO 31001:2018 Risk Management – Guidelines; the long awaited revision to the go-to risk management standard was published on February 15th, 2018.  This development reflects the importance risk management has in today’s working environment.

The new ISO 31000:2018 places value creation as the main purpose of risk management. The focus is on the need for strong leadership, commitment and an integrated approach. The standard remains clearly structured and provides comprehensive guidance for all organizations.

Although ISO 31000:2018 cannot be used for certification purposes, it should be used to compare risk management practices with an internationally recognised benchmark and provides guidance for internal and external audits.

Source: ISO Committee

What are the main differences between the standards?

  • The principles of risk management have been reviewed
  • The importance of leadership by top management and the integration of risk management, starting with the governance of the organization have been highlighted.
  • A greater emphasis on the continual nature of risk management, recognising that new experiences, knowledge and analysis can lead to a revision of process elements, actions and controls at each stage of the process
  • Streamlining of the content with greater focus on sustaining an open systems model to fit multiple needs and contexts

How can DQS contribute to your risk management systems?

  • In-House workshops are available upon request.
  • DQS conducts external audits to evaluate your current risk management system, compare it to the available standards and highlight potential for improvement.

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IMPACT – 2018 Quarter 1

The latest updates are now available in the 2018 Quarter 1 IMPACT newsletter. It includes:

  • DQS Services
  • ISO & CMMI Case Study
  • Client Spotlights


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World Courier certified to Good Distribution Practice

World Courier, a global leader in specialty logistics and a part of AmerisourceBergen, recently announced that it achieved Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certification across its global network of 140-plus offices.

The DQS certificate underscores World Courier’s commitment to and compliance with quality management standards and international requirements throughout the supply chain. The company received the certification following a six–month long evaluation process, during which a team of DQS auditors analyzed World Courier’s transportation, handling and storage processes, and tested them against guidelines outlined by the European Union (EU GDP Guidelines), United States Pharmacopeia (USP 1079) and World Health Organization (WHO GDP). GDP guidelines regulate the distribution of medicinal products from the manufacturer to the patient.

World Courier is the first logistics company to attain global GDP certification against three major GDP standards with international implications and the only provider to hold a GDP certification with such wide and global scope.

“As a company that’s committed to ensuring end-to-end product safety, we are proud to be the first specialty logistics provider to achieve this GDP-certification on such a global scale,” World Courier President Sam Herbert said. “Stakeholders across the supply chain rely on us to deliver GDP-compliant transport, storage and distribution solutions worldwide. With the increased globalization of supply chains and the emergence of high-value products, such as cell and gene therapies, there is a heightened demand for strict quality and temperature control measures to ensure product quality and integrity throughout long-distance deliveries. Our rigorous quality standards, expansive specialty logistics expertise and flawless execution enables us to meet the demands of today’s evolving market and optimize the supply chain for our customers.”

World Courier’s company-owned offices span more than 50 countries, with 14 investigational drug depots located in emerging markets worldwide. The company adheres to a strict GxP policy – founded on the established precepts of GDP, Good Storage Practice (GSP), Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Good Clinical Practice (GCP) – to ensure product quality and optimize the supply chain.

About World Courier

World Courier is a global specialty logistics company that designs world-class supply chain programs in complete alignment with customers’ business goals. The company delivers ultimate peace of mind for the transport and storage of time- and temperature-sensitive products. For more than 45 years, only World Courier has delivered the unsurpassed knowledge, global reach and flawless supply chain execution needed to become the most trusted specialty logistics company in the world. For more information, visit

About AmerisourceBergen

AmerisourceBergen provides pharmaceutical products, value-driving services and business solutions that improve access to care. Tens of thousands of healthcare providers, veterinary practices and livestock producers trust us as their partner in the pharmaceutical supply chain. Global manufacturers depend on us for services that drive commercial success for their products. Through our daily work — and powered by our 20,000 associates — we are united in our responsibility to create healthier futures. AmerisourceBergen is ranked #11 on the Fortune 500, with more than $150 billion in annual revenue. The company is headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa. and has a presence in 50+ countries. Learn more at


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