On 25 June 2020 the SQAS General Assembly was held by video conference. Among other relevant subjects, the assembly approved a new version of the SQAS Operating Rules. These rules cover the membership conditions of the SQAS stakeholders, the functioning of the SQAS General Assembly, the SQAS Executive Committee, the SQAS Manager and the conditions to approve the SQAS budget.

Members of the SQAS L&D user group, as per the new SQAS Operating Rules, will be a “permanent invitee” to meetings and activities of the Service Group and will also have the possibility to elect representatives to the SQAS Executive Committee.

The rules can be found on the SQAS website, in the section Home/Documents/Manual, Guidelines and Procedures

Welcome to SQAS

SQAS (Safety & Quality Assessment for Sustainability) is a system of uniform third party assessments to evaluate the performance of Logistics Service Providers and Chemical Distributors. SQAS assessments cover quality, safety, security, environment and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility). SQAS is not a certification system; it is an assessment system that provides a detailed factual assessment report. The SQAS assessment reports allow chemical companies to evaluate their logistics service providers according to their own standards and requirements.

SQAS is a key element of Responsible Care in logistics operations.

Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, manages the SQAS system and ensures its integrity.

SQAS modules

All transport companies and other types of service providers that are active in land logistics and chemical distribution are covered by SQAS through five separate modules:

  • Transport Services
  • Rail Operators
  • Tank cleaning stations
  • Warehouses
  • Chemical distributors

Benefits of using SQAS

Using SQAS offers several advantages:

  • A key tool in the Risk Management of logistics operations, as part of Responsible Care
  • Five SQAS modules covering the different types of Logistics Service Providers active in land logistics
  • Common and uniform industry assessment questionnaires
  • Trained and accredited SQAS assessors
  • Easy access to all assessment reports via a central SQAS database
  • No duplication of assessments by individual chemical companies
  • Supported and used by most chemical companies and logistics service providers

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