Website Terms and Conditions

1. Scope

Any use of this website provided by DQS GmbH Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Zertifizierung von Managementsystemen (“DQS”) and the customer portal MyDQS (“MyDQS”) is subject to these terms of use only. Please read the following terms carefully before the first use. New developments may necessitate changes to these terms at any time. Please visit this page again before calling up the website. By logging in to the customer portal MyDQS or by registering in the User Center and thereby accessing or using the DQS Inc. website, these terms of use are accepted in their then current version.

2. Services

On its website, in MyDQS and in the User Center, DQS Inc. makes available specific information, data files, and documents for viewing or downloading.

DQS Inc. may stop the operation of its website, the User Center or MyDQS in full or in part at any time. Due to the nature of the Internet and computer systems, DQS Inc. cannot accept any liability for the continuous availability of the DQS Inc. website or MyDQS.

3. Registration, password

The pages of MyDQS and the User Center are password protected. In the interest of safety and security of the business transactions, only registered users may access said pages. Access to MyDQS is only granted by DQS. Any visitor to the DQS Inc. website may register for the User Center. DQS reserves the right to deny registration to any user. DQS Inc. particularly reserves the right to determine certain sites, which were previously freely accessible, subject to registration. DQS Inc. is entitled, at any time and without obligation to give reasons, to deny the user the right to access the password-protected area by blocking its user data (as defined below), in particular if the user

  • used false data for the purpose of registration;
  • violates these terms of use or neglects its duty of care with regard to user data;
  • violates any applicable laws in the access to or use of the DQS website; or
  • did not use MyDQS for a longer period, or
  • Has terminated the contractual relationship with DQS or any of its affiliated companies (applies only to MyDQS).

The user of MyDQS and the User Center shall give accurate information for registration and, where such information changes over time, update such information (to the extent possible: online) without undue delay. The user shall ensure that the e-mail address supplied to DQS Inc. is an address at which the user can be contacted.

Upon registration the user will be provided with a user ID and a password (“user data”). The user data allows the user to view their data, download files or documents, and to change their user data.

The user shall ensure that user data is not accessible by third parties and is liable for all transactions and other activities carried out under its user data. At the end of each online session, the user shall log-off from the password protected website. If and to the extent the user becomes aware that third parties are misusing its user data the user shall notify DQS Inc. thereof without undue delay in writing and, as the case may be, by e-mail in advance.

After receipt of the notice under paragraph 3.4, DQS Inc. will deny access to the password-protected area under such user data. Access by the user will only be possible again upon the user’s application to DQS Inc..

3.6 The user may at any time cancel their registration by signing out of the User Center, either online or in writing. In such event DQS Inc. will remove all user data and other stored personally identifiable data of the user as soon as these data are no longer needed.

4. Rights of use to information, data files and documents

The use of any information, data files and documentation made available on or via the DQS Inc. website, User Center or MyDQS is subject to these terms of use.

DQS Inc. grants user a non-exclusive and non-transferable license to use the information, data files and documentation made available to the extent agreed, or in the event of no such agreement, to the extent of the purpose intended by DQS Inc. in making same available.

5. Duties of the user

In accessing or using the DQS Inc. website, the User Center or MyDQS, the user shall not harm other persons, in particular minors, or infringe their personal rights;

  • breach public morality in its manner of use;
  • violate any intellectual property right or any other proprietary right;
  • upload any contents containing a virus, so-called Trojan Horse, or any other program that could damage data;
  • transmit, store or upload hyperlinks or contents to which the user is not entitled, in particular in cases where such hyperlinks or contents are in breach of confidentiality obligations or unlawful; or
  • distribute advertising or unsolicited e-mails (so-called “spam”) or
  • inaccurate warnings of viruses, defects or similar material and the user shall not solicit or request the participation in any lottery, snowball system, chain letter, pyramid game or similar activity.

DQS Inc. may deny access to the DQS Inc. web portals at any time if the user breaches any obligation arising from these terms of use.

6. Hyperlinks

The DQS Inc. website and MyDQS may contain hyperlinks to the web pages of third parties. DQS shall have no liability for the contents of such web pages and does not make representations about or endorse such web pages or their contents as its own, as DQS Inc. does not control the information on such web pages and is not responsible for the contents and information given thereon. The use of such web pages shall be at the sole risk of the user.

7. Liability for defects of title or quality

Insofar as any information, data files or documentation is made available at no cost, any liability for defects as to quality or title of the information, data files and documentation especially in relation to the correctness or absence of defects or the absence of claims or third party rights or in relation to completeness and/or fitness for purpose are excluded except for cases involving willful misconduct or fraud.

8. Other liability, viruses

The liability of DQS Inc. for defects in relation to quality and title shall be determined in accordance with the provisions of clause 7 of these terms of use. Any further liability of DQS Inc. is excluded unless required by law, e.g. under the Act on Product Liability or in cases of willful misconduct, gross negligence, personal injury or death, failure to meet guaranteed characteristics, fraudulent concealment of a defect or in case of breach of fundamental contractual obligations. The damages in case of breach of fundamental contractual obligations are limited to the contract-typical, foreseeable damage if there is no willful misconduct or gross negligence.

Although DQS Inc. makes every endeavor to keep the DQS Inc. website and MyDQS free from viruses, trojan horses and other harmful pro-active systems, DQS Inc. cannot make any guarantee that it is virus-free. The user shall, for their own protection and in order to keep the DQS Inc. website virus-free, take the necessary steps to ensure appropriate security measures and shall utilize a virus scanner before downloading any information, data files or documentation.

Clauses 8.1 and 8.2 do not intend nor imply any changes to the burden of proof to the user’s disadvantage.

9. Data privacy protection

For collection, use and processing of personally identifiable data of the user, DQS Inc. shall comply with applicable laws on data privacy protection. By submitting the data, user agrees to have their data processed electronically. Users may rescind their acceptance at any time, but not retroactively. Upon advance written or electronic notification, users are also authorized to review the content and extent of their own data stored by DQS Inc. For more details please refer to the data privacy protection clause on the website.

DQS Inc. would like to point out that the Internet is a public communication system and as such subject to new security gaps at any time. In spite of state-of-the-art technology DQS Inc. does not and can not know about these gaps beforehand. After cognizance and review of security gaps, DQS Inc. will initiate defensive measures as required.

10. Supplementary agreements, place of jurisdiction, applicable law

Any supplementary agreement requires the written form.

The place of jurisdiction shall be Frankfurt if the user is a merchant in terms of the German Commercial Code (Handelsgesetzbuch).

The individual pages of MyDQS are operated and administered by DQS GmbH in accordance with German law. If user accesses the DQS Inc. website from outside Germany, they are exclusively responsible for compliance with all applicable local laws. Access to MyDQS information, data files and/or documentation from countries where such content is unlawful is prohibited. In this case and where user seeks to do business with DQS Inc., the user should contact DQS Inc.

terms of use shall be governed by the laws of Germany. The application of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sales of Goods (CISG) is excluded.