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Due to a purely legal, strict interpretation of the German Accreditation Body "Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (DAkkS)", in the future all accredited certifiers will require extended information from their customers for the review and approval of multi-site certifications (companies with several locations).

It should be clarified that the term "location" used in the language of the standard is to be understood as "legal entity" pursuant to §§ 21 et seq. of the German Civil Code (BGB) or "partnership with legal capacity" pursuant to § 14 of the German Civil Code. In organizations, this is also frequently referred to as a "legal entity". This means that you must mentally replace the standard term "location" with "legal person" or "legal entity".

It is therefore in your interest to provide us with the necessary information and evidence, otherwise we will not be able to provide proof of multi-site capability to DAkkS. The consequence would be that your multi-site certification would have to be transferred to individual certifications.

Multi Site Organization

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Determination of audit time

Binding IAF document for the determination of audit time of quality, environmental, and occupational health & safety management systems  

This is the English IAF version, the German DAkkS version is available on our German language website. 


Example of corporate structure with presentation of legal and contractual connections

Below you will find an option to illustrate the corporate connections as well as interrelationships that define the requirements for the legal and contractual connections and the respective penetration for the application of a multi-site organization.