Validity SQS certification documents
Due to various media releases concerning the termination of negotiations on the Framework Agreement with the EU by Switzerland, the impression may arise that all SQS certification documents will no longer be recognised by the EU.
SQS likes to clarify that the legal uncertainty relates exclusively to the certificates of the Medical Devices Directive 93/42/EEC (MDD). Only exports of medical devices to the EU are affected, but not the Swiss market and all other international markets.
All other SQS certification documents (e.g. ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 13485, ISO 22000, FSC etc.) are still recognised.
Contingency plan for the business continuity of our certified organizations
Remote assessments according to IAF MD 4
For such an emergency situation as Switzerland is currently experiencing, SQS has established, in line with the IAF regulations, all necessary procedures to offer its clients remote assessments according to IAF MD 4. Remote assessments do not require the physical presence of the auditors, which guarantees 100% protection of all persons involved in the audit. SQS is thus able to support the business continuity of its customers and to ensure the maintenance of the management system certification.
How does this work?
By means of market-proven digital communication instruments (SQS- or customer-side), supported by an appropriate bandwidth, the remote assessment is carried out «remotely» according to the planning with audio-/video- and data-transmission. In order to guarantee privacy and confidentiality of the customers, any audio and video recordings (not a standard requirement) are used exclusively for the evaluation and are then immediately destroyed. The prerequisite for this procedure is a risk assessment completed with a positive result.
SQS-certified organisations can contact their account manager to jointly determine the appropriate procedure.