The SQAS scheme (Safety and Quality Assessment Systems) is based on verifying compliance with quality, safety and environmental protection requirements defined by the chemical industry for its logistical service providers.
The European chemical industry uses a wide range of logistic services provided by third parties to store, handle and transport raw materials, intermediate products and finished chemical products. Chemical companies need assurance that operations will be performed safely, within quality parameters and in a way that protects the environment and the safety and health of both employees and citizens.
The SQAS scheme is owned by CEFIC (European Chemical Industry Council). You can see which organisations have been assessed by visiting the website:
Benefits of SQAS Assessment:
ESAD SQAS for chemicals distributors
The SQAS assessment is a perfectly compatible tool with common requirements of quality management systems, according to
ISO 9001, on Environmental Management, according to
ISO 14001 and the Occupational Health and Safety Management System
No certificate will be issued following SQAS assessment, as the process does not involve compliance with minimum requirements. However, a detailed factual report must be submitted, which will be graded.
An SQAS assessment is valid for three years.
AENOR has extensive proven experience of both SQAS assessment (using CEFIC approved auditors) and certification of chemical industry management systems.
Go to the CEFIC website to download current documents: