It is well known that certificates have become a prerequisite for market access in the food and consumer goods industry: Retailers and brand producers demand consistent compliance with recognized quality and safety standards from suppliers throughout the chain, relying on independent certification as resilient proof.

But that's only half the story: a large-scale scientific study from 2017 showed that 74% of companies certified to a GFSI-recognized standard would seek certification even without a customer requirement.* The main reasons: Accelerating business development, reducing quality and product safety risks, and optimizing management systems.

This is exactly where we come in: Our audits are an individual examination of your processes and your management system. In an eye-to-eye dialog, our industry experts focus on risks and potentials, helping you to turn your certified quality management system into a competitive advantage.

* Source: Further Predictive Statistical Analysis of a GFSI Survey of International Food Processors (2020).

Food Safety

Highly qualified auditors with many years of experience in the food and beverage industry, with their finger on the pulse of the industry, and excellent renown among retailers and customers worldwide: this is what DQS stands for.

From good agricultural practices in the first stages of the value chain, to quality and safety management in processing, storage, transport, and trade - we stand by your side.

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Packaging

Whether glass, sheet metal, plastic, cardboard or paper, primary or secondary - with DQS you have a certification company at your side that is familiar with both the production processes and the requirements of the clientele and regulatory authorities.

Our areas of expertise include certification according to internationally recognized standards for packaging safety and quality, especially for food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and other products with high demands on hygiene management.

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Consumer goods & HPC

Production, storage and transport of consumer goods are subject to the highest requirements in terms of quality, hygiene, and product safety. This applies in particular, but not only, to products that come into contact with the body, such as cosmetics and personal care products. Certification of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and quality and hygiene management systems is one of our core competencies. Manufacturers of cosmetic raw materials also find in DQS a competent partner for certification and auditing according to internationally recognized standards.

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