DQS GmbH Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Zertifizierung von Managementsystemen
Inspired by Quality, leading to ExcellenceDQS GmbH: a portrait
The Audit Company. Three words that stand for what we are and what we do: we are audit specialists. Our focus: the way organizations are managed and organized, that is: people, systems, and processes. Our goal: to provide management with concrete indicators for action. What does that mean? It means that as a result of our audits, we supply the people responsible with insights, information, and impulses. That we identify strengths and potential, and illustrate options for action. Whether or not, for example, necessary processes are under control, or where they are ineffective or over-regulated. More than anything, though, it means one thing: to be a partner – and not an inspector. Because for us, audits mean far more than simply working through checklists, or declaring conformity. And because that is so, this website contains a very detailed description of just how we design our audits for you: our audit philosophy.
We are Germany’s first and the third certification body for management systems worldwide. Founded in 1985 by DGQ and DIN with the name of „Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Zertifizierung von Qualitätssicherungssystemen mbH (German society for the certification of quality assurance systems, Ltd.)“. When terminology shifted in the 1990s from “quality assurance” to “quality management”, DQS was renamed a certification body for management systems. The acronym “DQS” was kept because of the high degree of popularity the company had achieved in the meantime.
Along with the steady growth and sustained success of DQS came an increasingly strong focus on international business. One milestone in this strategy of growth was the merger with UL MSS, the management system division of the US corporation Underwriters Laboratories Inc. on 31 March, 2008. As a consequence of this merger, DQS Holding GmbH assumed control of the more than 80 international offices of DQS UL Group.
Today, DQS GmbH is the largest subsidiary of DQS Holding GmbH: we contribute over half of the more than 50,000 DQS UL certificates worldwide to the group’s success, and hold more than 40 % of its 200 plus accreditations for national and international standards. In addition to ca. 200 staff members located in the main office in Frankfurt am Main and the regional offices in Berlin, Stuttgart, Hamburg and Munich, we have under contract close to 800, mainly freelance auditors. They contribute significantly to the positive perception of DQS in the market. Large corporations, medium-sized companies and small businesses from all business sectors appreciate both the acknowledged quality of our audits and the value of our certificates, as well as the extensive service spectrum that accompanies the assessment services of DQS GmbH.