History & Shareholders
In 1985 DQS was founded by its then two main shareholders, DGQ (German Society for Quality) and DIN (German Institute for Standardization). The German industry associations HDB, Spectaris, VDMA and ZVEI completed the original shareholders. Since the merger with Underwriters Laboratories’ QRS division in 2008, UL has become an additional large shareholder of DQS Group.
Today our shareholders are the guardians of DQS’ corporate values and its high quality approach. Representing certified organizations from various industries, our industry associations mandate pragmatic customer focus and excellent service. DIN ensures direct access to and involvement in the newest international standard developments. DGQ and UL promote excellence in education and competence of our personnel, consistently worldwide.