QS. Quality scheme for food.

As part of the 2020 revision, now all revised and new supporting documents have been published on our QS website since 15 January 2020 and are available...

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by...

As the leading standard provider for safe fresh food in Germany and a reliable partner along the value chain, QS supports the active dialogue between society and...

In addition to a German and English version, the QS checklists for audits carried out from 1 January 2020 onwards are now also available in Spanish in...

The revised QS guidelines have been valid since 1 January 2020. They can now be viewed and downloaded in the Documentcenter of the QS company website.   

Systematic quality assurance from farm to shop

The QS inspection system ensures thorough and reliable quality assurance based on clearly defined and coordinated requirements from farm to shop.

Independent auditors monitor whether and how the requirements are fulfilled. The front-to-end inspections form the basis for the consistent process control and traceability in the QS scheme.

More information on the structure of the inspection system

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The QS certification mark: a symbol for food you can trust


Fruit, vegetables and potatoes may only be labelled with the QS certification mark if their production and marketing from farm to shop have been thoroughly audited. The clear labelling of products from controlled production and marketing with the QS certification mark underlines the commitment of all involved parties to safe food products.

We have compiled the requirements for use of the QS certification mark for you in a style guide.

More information about the QS certification mark

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QS residue monitoring: focus on maximum residue levels and limit values

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Businesses that deliver fruit, vegetables and potatoes into the QS scheme actively participate in the residue monitoring. The requirements for producers, wholesalers and food retailers are defined in a risk-oriented control plan. Laboratories who would like to conduct analyses within the residue monitoring need an approval for the QS scheme.

More information about the QS residue monitoring

Coordinators - key source of assistance in the QS scheme

Agricultural and horticultural businesses participate in the QS scheme via coordinators. These coordinators are the link in the chain between the businesses and QS. They are responsible for ensuring that the independent inspections (audits) are carried out in the businesses and that the businesses take part in the residue monitoring. Coordinators also organise scheme participation for logistics service providers.

We have compiled the approved coordinators in the QS scheme for you in the adjacent lists.

More about coordinators

Our coordinators

The following lists contain the coordinators who organise scheme participation for you:

Actively manage incidents and crises

Systematic quality assurance is the best crisis prevention: by providing clearly defined requirements and functioning control mechanisms, QS helps to ensure that crises do not occur in the first place. Despite these efforts, unforeseeable incidents can still occur in production and marketing. QS has built up a comprehensive incident and crisis management system for such cases.

Experienced crisis managers support the scheme participants both on the operational front and in the area of crisis communication. Please use the adjacent form to report an incident.

More about the incident and crisis management