QS. Quality scheme for food.

Since 17 December 2018, the guidelines valid as of 2019 can be viewed and downloaded on the QS website. In addition, the checklists for audits, which will...

The additional control plan Aflatoxin B1 was revised with effect from 17 December 2018. The revised version includes new risk ratings for three countries of origin. 

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...

The way the search results in the scheme participant search function of the QS database are presented, has been further optimised. From now on, the respective location’s...

At the end of 2018, the transitional period for the review of meat and meat products service providers will expire. Starting in 2019, companies that store QS...

Systematic quality assurance from farm to shop

The QS quality scheme for food is an inspection scheme for food from farm to shop that is unique in Europe: since it was founded in 2001, it has been a byword for thorough inspections, reliable traceability and clear labelling of food you can trust.

More information on the structure of the inspection system

FAQs - General Questions about the QS-Scheme

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The QS certification mark: symbol for fresh food of controlled quality

The QS certification mark on fresh food products tells the consumer that the requirements of the QS scheme have been satisfied in all stages of the production and marketing of the product. It renders cross-stage quality assurance visible, thereby forming the basis for informed purchase decisions.

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All the information - safely stored


The database handles the task of data management in the QS scheme. The Web-based application is the interface for scheme participants, certification bodies, auditors, veterinarians and laboratories. The database is where the master data of the scheme participants and all audit and test results are recorded and interlinked. Alongside this database, there is also the salmonella database and the antibiotics database.

More information about the QS databases

Service for businesses on the ground: QS guidelines and checklists


The requirements defined in the guidelines are adapted to the real-world working situation in businesses and companies. Our checklists are practice-oriented documents that scheme participants can use for self-assessment. The independent inspections by the auditors build on these checklists. This generates trust among consumers - from farm to shop.


Constructive critique and suggestions on our guidelines are welcome at any time. Please use the contact form.

Everyone delivers quality to everyone

Almost 130,000 scheme participants in Germany, in Europe and worldwide produce and market food you can trust. See for yourself how widespread quality assurance is thanks to QS - by clicking on the graphics.


Find your scheme participant in the database

Current number of scheme participants - Meat, Livestock, Feed

Current number of scheme participants - Meat, Livestock, Feed

Current number of scheme participants - Fruit, Vegetables, Potatoes

Current number of scheme participants - Fruit, Vegetables, Potatoes

The bodies in the QS scheme

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The QS scheme is a voluntary industry initiative and cooperates closely with industry - particularly in the various QS bodies. Experts from all stages supervise the work of the quality assurance scheme on the advisory boards, the board of trustees and the sanction board.

More about the committees

International agreements and recognitions


Participation in the QS scheme ensures comprehensive quality assurance that does not stop at national borders. Companies from other countries can participate in the QS scheme either directly or based on recognition of other standards and schemes. This secures the availability of goods and helps to ensure a uniform standard of food safety on European level.