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COMING SOON: THE ISO 24526 CERTIFICATION STANDARD FOR WATER EFFICIENCY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

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Water – it may well be the most underrated resource in the world. Whereas many companies have implemented management systems to improve energy-efficiency, it is far less common to see effective water management systems. The new standard ISO 24526 for water-efficiency management systems addresses this void and will help organizations to increase efficiency, save costs and protect the environment.

Population pressure and the effects of climate change raise the global demand for water significantly. This growing demand does not only lead to increased costs, it also affects local ecosystems and threatens the long-term viability of certain business models and industry sectors. More than a resource, water is a risk that deserves to be managed.

The new standard ISO 24526, currently under development, enables companies to implement a water efficiency management system (WEMS) in accordance with international standards and to seek third-party certification. The aim of the standard is to provide an effective and flexible approach for the implementation and maintenance of water efficiency management systems in organizations of all kinds and sizes.

ISO 24526: Content and structure

ISO 24526 describes the approach in seven sections, which can be summarized as follows:

  • Section 4 describes how important it is to match the WEMS with the company’s context. This first step has an important influence on the WEMS, its scope and its limits.
  • Section 5 shows the importance of leadership behaviour when establishing a WEMS. It also explains which roles need to be incorporated and what has to be considered while preparing the WEMS strategy.
  • Section 6 concerns the planning. Risks and opportunities need to be identified to be able to take well-founded decisions in terms of objectives, execution and data processing, including compliance obligations.
  • Section 7 specifies what kind of support a well-functioning WEMS needs. This regards providing resources needed for establishment, implementation, maintenance and continual improvement. Apart from this, employees need to be trained to raise competence and awareness. Decisions must be taken regarding the scope of communication and the documentation, updating and control of the collected information.
  • Section 8 specifies how to implement processes and measures in accordance with ISO 24526.
  • Section 9 is about performance evaluation. Specific information regarding data surveillance, measurement, analysis and assessment is included. The WEMS‘s functionality shall be monitored by first party audits and by management.
  • Section 10 explains how to handle non-conformities to achieve a continual improvement of the WEMS.

The following graphic shows this cycle in a simplified way:

Water Efficiency

Which companies will benefit from ISO 24526?

Every company that uses significant amounts of water will benefit by implementing the standard. On average, 52% of the European water consumption is used by commerce and industry. This number illustrates the huge impact that water-efficiency management systems can have.

Why implementing ISO 24526 helps Businesses

Implementing ISO 24526 helps organizations to:

  • cope with the societal and entrepreneurial responsibilities regarding sustainable water consumption
  • identify and manage risks and opportunities to improve water balance
  • make sure that the WEMS is adapted to the companies context and includes all important topics.

DQS – Your Partner for Certification

The standard ISO 24526 is currently available as a Draft International Standard. As one of the leading certification bodies for management systems and sustainability standards, DQS is your natural partner for ISO 24526 certification. With smooth audit planning, experienced auditors and in-depth audit reports, we will accompany you throughout the entire certification process.

The above article sourcing from DQS CFS website (https://dqs-cfs.com/2018/12/coming-soon-the-iso-24526-certification-standard-for-water-efficiency-management-systems/). For more information, please send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

INTRODUCING BRC GLOBAL STANDARDS’ NEW ETHICAL TRADE AND RESPONSIBLE SOURCING STANDARD

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In the consumer goods industry, BRC Global Standards is widely recognized as one of the leading certification scheme owners for product quality and safety. With the new Global Standard for Ethical Trade & Responsible Sourcing, BRC is taking its experience with scheme management into the area of responsible sourcing. In this article, we provide an overview of what to expect from the new scheme.

Do we really need another ethical standard? No, we do not – unless it adds significant value to existing standards and schemes. That, in a nutshell, is the ambition of BRC with its new Ethical Trade & Responsible Sourcing Standard: to create an auditing and certification scheme for social compliance that is more robust, more credible and more impactful than other schemes out there.

So how does the standard aim to do this? Let’s take a look at the audit protocol and the audit criteria. Please note that this article is currently based on the draft version, which is subject to change.

  • The Global Standard for Ethical Trade and Responsible Sourcing is a Unlike many other social compliance schemes, sites that meet the full requirements obtain a BRC certificate that confirms their compliance.
  • With certification comes oversight of the certification bodies: BRC will use its extensive experience as a scheme owner to monitor the performance of the certification bodies, in order to safeguard the effectiveness, quality and integrity of the certification process. Only auditors and certification bodies approved and monitored by BRC Global Standards will be able to conduct audits.
  • BRC proposes a risk-based process, in which risk is not based on external parameters like reputation of the country, but solely on the performance of the site itself, thereby avoiding bias and prejudice. The procedure will consist of a risk assessment audit and a full ethical audit – the result of sites during the former determines the frequency of the latter.
  • The Global Standard for Ethical Trade & Responsible Sourcing makes use of the synergies between BRC product safety audits and ethical audits, by enabling the risk assessment audit to be combined with the product safety audit.
  • The intention is to submit the new scheme for benchmarking to the Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI), which fulfils a similar role for social compliance audits as GFSI benchmarking does for product safety audits.
  • All audit criteria are aligned with other social compliance standards and protocols, most notably Sedex SMETA in order to ensure consistency.

Involvement of DQS

The Global Standard for Ethical Trade & Responsible Sourcing is the result of a multistakeholder process, involving retailers, suppliers, certification bodies and ethical trade experts. As one of the leading certification bodies for BRC audits as well as social compliance audits, DQS is happy to contribute.

Dr. Thijs Willaert, who represents DQS in the BRC Ethical Trade Working Group is looking forward to the outcome of the public consultation: “In terms of the assessment criteria, we have reached a point of great convergence: almost all standards and schemes for social compliance cover the same issues. The focus is therefore shifting to the governance aspects: who audits, who monitors the auditors and audit firms, and how can we benchmark the different schemes? BRC Global Standards has great experience in this regard and can help ensure the credibility of certification.”

Public Consultation

In order to gather feedback from retailers, suppliers, certification bodies, auditors and other stakeholders, BRC has published a draft version of the audit protocol and the audit criteria on their website. Feedback can be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. using the online Feedback Form. The closing date for the submission of feedback is 10 February 2019.

The above article sourcing from DQS CFS website (https://dqs-cfs.com/2018/12/introducing-brc-global-standards-new-ethical-trade-and-responsible-sourcing-standard/). For more information, please send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DQS CFS COMMITS TO UN GLOBAL COMPACT ONCE AGAIN

 DQS CFS and the United Nations

DQS CFS does not just certify sustainability; we also want to live by it. Once again we have renewed our commitment to upholding the ten principles of UN Global Compact this year. We are pleased to inform you on our progress in 2018, and how we have been actively implementing these principles in our company.

Human rights, labour, environment, anti-corruption – by committing to the United Nations Global Compact, companies agree to comply with social and environmental standards based on the ten principles. More than 13,000 companies and organizations from over 161 countries have helped make the United Nations Global Compact the biggest and most important initiative for Corporate Responsibility worldwide.

As transparency is highly valued at DQS CFS, we have renewed our commitment for the third year in a row. We annually upload our progress report about the improved integration and engagement of the principles within our company.

Reporting on our development

Our progress report focuses in particular on the topics of human rights, environmental protection, responsibilities for staff and the fight against corruption.

The progress report describes the introduced measures to include the ten principles into our corporate strategy, culture and daily operations. Among others, are innovative projects like the ProGASA Initiative, a project that helps to raise gender awareness among social auditors.  Measures like these help to continuously improve the integration of the ten principles of UN Global Compact in our company and our services.

You can review the entire DQS CFS Communication of Progress (COP)-report on the United Nations Global Compact homepage here.

We are proud to form part of this initiative. More information regarding UN Global Compact you can find here.

 

The above article sourcing from DQS CFS website (https://dqs-cfs.com/2018/12/dqs-cfs-commits-to-un-global-compact-once-again/). For more information, please send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

FAMI-QS: HOW TO TRANSITION TO VERSION 6

From April 2019 onwards, companies that are certified to FAMI-QS can be audited to Version 6, the latest version of the scheme. The new version not only has an entirely new structure, but also contains some new requirements for certified sites. In order to help you prepare with the transition, we’ve summarized the key changes as well as the transition regulations for you here.

fami qs

QS is a leading quality and safety management system for specialty feed ingredients. This can be any intentionally added ingredient which is not normally consumed as feed itself, such as additives and premixes. Like before, the FAMI-QS certification scheme helps companies ensure that their products are safe, qualitative and in compliance with legal obligations.

What changes in FAMI-QS Version 6

With the publication of Version 6, FAMI-QS aligns its code more closely with other management systems: the code now follows the ISO High-Level Structure. This is the same structure as for all ISO management system standards published from 2015 onwards, such as ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 22000:2018 and ISO 45001:2018. For companies that have implemented multiple management systems standards, this harmonization will it easier to integrate the various standards.

Other changes are also in line with recent ISO revisions: the new version places more emphasis on risk-based thinking and on the process approach. This focus on processes has resulted in the development of the FAMI-QS Process Documents, which provide specific guidelines for managing the hazards associated with each process. These guidelines become part of the code.

A third significant change is the need to reflect on actions for preventing fraud and adulteration, as based on the specific risks in your site.

You can find more detail in the FAMI QS-Transition Document.

Transition arrangements

DQS and other approved certification bodies will be allowed to issue FAMI-QS certificates for Version 6 from April 1, 2019 onwards. Sites that are currently certified to Version 5.1 and who have a recertification audit before April 1, 2019, will be certified again to Version 5.1 and will transition during their first surveillance audit after April 1, 2019.

All sites must have completed the transition by October 1, 2020.

The above article sourcing from DQS CFS website (https://dqs-cfs.com/2018/11/fami-qs-how-to-transition-to-version-6/). For more information, please send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Updates to Standards – 2019 Quarter 1

The 2019 Quarter 1 Issue of Updates to Standards covers the following topics:

  • A review of lessons learned with the completion of the Aerospace transitions
  • Updates on BRC Issue 8 and the changes included
  • Information on NIST cybersecurity framework and ISO 27001
  • New ISO 45001 transition courses
  • A whitepaper on TISAX, which is an information security in the automotive industry standard

The above article sourcing from DQS US website (https://dqsus.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Updates-to-Standards-2019Q1.pdf). For more information, please send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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