The SQAS package for chemical distributors was developed jointly by representatives from the chemical industry (Cefic) and the distribution industry (FECC - European Federation of Chemical Distributors).
In contrast to the other SQAS packages, the SQAS package for distributors is structured around the eight guiding principles of the Responsible Care/Distribution Programme of the International Council of Chemical Trade Associations (ICCTA). These principles, and the corresponding 52 self-assessment questions, have been made more explicit by integrating a number of more detailed questions. This makes it possible in one single assessment to :
measure a distributor's compliance with these guiding principles as part of the Responsible Care/Distribution Programme;
provide a common tool for suppliers of chemicals to evaluate the health, safety and environmental performance of their distributors according to their individual requirements.
The documents can be downloaded in several languages from the SQAS website.
The SQAS Distributor / ESAD assessment questionnaire consists of 4 parts:
Distributor Standard Activities (Di)
Site Assessment (S)
Chlorinated Solvents (Cs)
Food, Cosmetic or/and Pharma (F)
ESAD assessments of distributors can only be carried out by accredited SQAS Distributor/ESAD assessors.
The list of ESAD assessed distributors is available on the SQAS website.