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17-08-2021

From 3 January 2022 all SQAS assessments will be carried out with the SQAS 2022 version of the questionnaires.
Final versions of the SQAS 2022 questionnaires in English are uploaded in the “Questionnaires” section. Translations of the questionnaires in German, Spanish, French and Italian are expected by 8 October 2021.
The main changes in SQAS 2022 are:

  • An upgraded section about measurement and management of GHG emission of logistics suppliers in the Transport Service, Warehouse and Tank Cleaning questionnaires.
  • The incorporation of new requirements to avoid plastic pellets loss. It is aligned with Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) requirements from Plastics Europe/European Plastics Converters associations.
  • New questions about digitalization of transport information.

Changes in the text compared to the SQAS 2019 version are in blue.

New versions of ESAD questionnaires are under development and will be communicated in due course. The ESAD 2019 version will continue to be used from 3 January 2022 till further communication.

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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