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Q44. What can IAF do to reduce upload of data into multiple certificate databases?

03 Nov 2021

There are several mandatory digital databases in existence (e.g. IAQG, FSSC, IATF) which are in many cases operated by Scheme Owners. This reflects the growing need for digital information on certification in key industrial sectors. However, there is a major gap in the marketplace for verification of generic management systems certification, for example in quality, environment, health and safety and cyber-security. 
The DMC appreciates that CBs are required to upload into multiple databases. Therefore, it will strive to work with Scheme Owners and other digital database providers so that appropriate certification information can be cross-validated, reducing the need for duplicate uploading. The DMC will ensure that appropriate governance and data protection measures are implemented for such interfaces.