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Cefic joins forces with Plastics Europe and European Plastics Converters to control pellet loss across the supply chain while reducing audit duplication

With the aim of controlling pellet loss across the supply chain, Plastics Europe and the European Plastics Converters associations will jointly develop the certification scheme ‘Operation Clean Sweep’ ® (OCS) and have enlisted the expertise of Cefic-managed SQAS system.

Unintentional loss of plastic pellets can occur at all stages along the value chain despite the application of the current standard environmental, safety and quality management controls. To tackle this, the OCS programme was developed to help companies tackle pellet leakage by providing a series of key recommendations.

SQAS will provide expertise to help set up the OCS Europe Certification scheme. From 2022, SQAS assessed logistics service providers and distributors will be assessed with the new OCS requirements, and no further assessments will be required, avoiding audit duplication.



Because of the persistency of the COVID pandemic, the SQAS T&A Committee decided to extend the cut-off dates for remote assessments:

- 30 June 2021: limit for remote assessments
- 30 September 2021: limit for onsite assessments linked to remote assessments

The SQAS T&A Committee will meet on 4 Feb 2021 to follow up the issue.

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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