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Our History

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.

1985 – Establishment of DQS

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.

1994 - First international DQS office is founded in Brazil

In 1994 DQS starts its international presence with its first international office in Brazil.
National head offices will follow in USA, Russia, South Africa and Greece.

2008 – Merger with UL (Underwriters Laboratories)

Following the integration of UL’s QRS, DQS is now one of the world’s leading management
system certification companies.

2018 – establishment of DQS Tourism

In 2018 DQS took the initiative to create the tourism industry division serving all
organizations that are involved in the supply chain of tourism services, from Hotels to Tour
Operators to Hotel suppliers. Currently, the DQS Head Office in Greece acts as the project
management facilitator for DQS Group.

DQS Tourism