SCP Certification Mark

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Management system certification / Voluntary assessment

Basis for Certification (certification standard):

SCC standards of DGMK (particularly SCP checklist)
(Safety Certificate Personnel Services)

Standard owner:

Deutsche Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Erdöl, Erdgas und Kohle e. V. (DGMK)
(German Society for Petroleum and Coal Science and Technology,


What does the standard SCP cover?

The standard SCP defines the requirements for a certifiable occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system of a professional employer organisation. Certification according to SCP (Safety Certificate for Professional Employer Organisation) includes special safety, health and environmental protection (abbrev. SHE) requirements for professional employer organisations. These requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • The organisation has established a suitable SHE management system, which includes mechanisms for organising SHE in the organisation, hazard assessment, communication with customers (in particular in the case of companies borrowing employees for operational activities), self-assessment of SHE performance (in particular in the case of accidents, near misses and unsafe situations), prevention and correction of accidents and diseases and the continuous improvement of the organisation’s SHE performance.
  • The organisation analyses and considers the SHE requirements of its customers and the requirements of the applicable codes and standards.
  • The certified organisation defines the processes, roles and responsibilities required to ensure SHE and ensures regular surveillance to meet the specific SCP requirements of the standard, legal requirements and requirements of the German Institutions for Statutory Accident Insurance and Prevention, and customer- and industry-specific SHE requirements.
  • Certification according to SCP is only applied to temporary employment agencies (“professional employer organisations”); in Germany these companies are governed by the Personnel Leasing Act (Arbeitnehmerüberlassungsgesetz, AÜG).
  • What does “certification” and/or the issue of a certification mark for SCP by TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH mean?
    • The customer has submitted to voluntary assessment (audit) according to defined criteria (certification standard).
    • A certificate and/or the authorisation to use a certification mark is only issued if the assessment (audit) does not reveal any major nonconformities with the requirements of the certification standard.
    • The certificates and/or certification marks are valid for a restricted period of time. Interested parties can check the validity of individual certificates in the certificate database of TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH and on the DGMK website (
    • To maintain certificate validity, the certificate holder must annually complete an announced audit with a positive result.
    • Unannounced audits are possible in specific cases.
  • How do we audit?

    Independent and qualified experts (auditors) apply the following auditing techniques:

    • Document review:
      Evaluation of the organisation's provisions and/or documentation to ensure compliance with all SHE requirements according to the SCC standard (in this case the SCP checklist).

    • On-site-audit:
      Assessment of the implementation of these rules in practice in the form of interviews and inspections both on site at the certified organisation and on site at the premises of the customer of the certified organisation (e.g. at work sites or projects). Random checks on site of processes and situations on the basis of records, such as the availability of documentation of hazard assessment, job and role profiles, induction and instruction records, test reports, inspection and audit reports, minutes of meetings, training and qualification certificates, investigation reports of accidents, near-misses and unsafe situations, documentation of defined objectives and the resulting improvement projects.
  • What is beyond the scope of certification according to SCP?
    • Certification according to standard SCP does not constitute product certification. Certification thus does not provide any direct statements on the safety of a product or service of the certified customer. Certification according to SCP does not mean that the company manufactures products or provides services of higher quality.
    • Certification according to SCP does not ensure that all relevant legal SHE requirements, SHE requirements of the German Institutions for Accident Insurance and Prevention, or other SHE requirements, e.g. customer- or industry-specific requirements, will be fulfilled in all cases, even though this is one of the key objectives of the SHE management system.



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