Q-disabled institution:2016, formerly FSIO-DI 2000

Certification of institutions for the disabled

Incentive

When the new financial equalisation policy (NFA) was adopted, responsibility for the disbursement of available funds passed from the Federal Social Insurance Office (FSIO) to the cantons. The cantons are therefore also newly responsible for supervision. The institutions for the disabled find themselves confronted by different demands due to the reform. Since last year, most of the Swiss Cantons have defined and implemented their own requirements towards the institutions. The national scheme FSIO-DI 2000 will be withdrawn and cancelled by the SAS end of 2016. FSIO itself also retires from the scheme. Consequently, also the name FSIO-DI 2000 will disappear. SQS still offers these audits but under the name Q-disabled institution:2016, formerly FSIO-DI 2000. Contentwise, there is no change to the previous practice.

Outcome

By making reference to and applying the certification processes, institutions are increasing their transparency, improving their documentation, optimising their services and cutting costs. Levels of trust and confidence in the management are boosted, both within the relevant institutions and in their dealings with outside stakeholders.

Target groups

Institutions for the disabled, such as residential homes, protected workshops, day-care centres, etc.

Validity

3 years - there is an annual audit to ensure that standards are being maintained and a recertification audit after 3 years.

Recognition

SAS (Swiss Accreditation Service) will terminate accreditation activities by the end of the year 2016. Because of that and beginning with July 1, 2016, SQS issues certificates under the name of Q-disabled institution:2016, formerly FSIO-DI 2000 which are no longer under the authority of the accreditation.

Combinations

In combination with ISO 9001 (quality management), ISO 14001 (environmental management) and OHSAS 18001 (occupational health and safety), it can be extended into an integrated management system which generates added value in all respects.

Dario Schlegel