The chemical and pharmaceutical industry in Germany

In the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, one thing counts above all: competitiveness over the entire plant life cycle. This can be achieved through more efficient processes, higher plant availability and flexibility for plants and resources. Certified management systems according to ISO standards support you in gaining and maintaining competitive advantages in new and existing markets through productivity, growth and sustainable use of resources.

As a supplier of basic materials and industrial precursors, the chemical sector is relevant to the manufacturing industry at all stages of the value chain. The sector is one of the cornerstones of the German economy and is also one of the major players on the European and international markets.

An important branch of the economy within the chemical sector is the pharmaceutical industry. It is one of the most successful and innovative industries in Germany.
GUTcert supervises and monitors numerous certifications in the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors. We are happy to support you with our many years of experience.

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The public perception of the chemical industry and the pharmaceutical industry moves in a complex field of tension (Rheingold Study on the Public Image of the Chemical Industry). In addition, the high compliance pressure is a daily challenge.

An accredited certificate supports you in meeting your high requirements and exploiting your own potential. You also benefit from a positive external image and the identification of your staff with your company.

Create trust and show yourself as an innovative problem solver!

We are experienced in taking over certifications and are happy to support you through our change service.

With the help of a quality management system according to ISO 9001, you credibly demonstrate the continuously reliable quality, legal conformity and innovation of your products and manufacturing processes.

In highly complex and internationally positioned industries, it is essential for economic success to apply proven quality tools in order to identify and avoid risks at an early stage, but also to recognise and exploit opportunities.

For companies involved in the supply chains of the automotive, railway and aviation industries, certification according to the industry standards IATF 16949, IRIS (ISO TS 22163) and EN 9100, in addition to ISO 9001, is another way to demonstrably meet the high quality requirements in these sectors.

GUTcert offers you high flexibility and efficient audit planning and processing of your certification. Employees from our competent and committed industry team accompany you as personal contact persons through the entire process - from the offer to the certificate.


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Seminars on the topic of quality management

The EU Cosmetics Regulation requires that cosmetic products are manufactured in accordance with good manufacturing practice (GMP) and that this is documented (Article 8 EU Cosmetics Regulation). The internationally harmonised standard ISO 22716 is a good instrument to fulfil these requirements.

GMP thus bundles guidelines for quality assurance of production processes and environment for cosmetic products. The aim is to produce cosmetic products in the desired quality and, above all, to ensure a high level of health protection.

ISO 22716 is relevant for all companies involved in the manufacture, monitoring or control, storage, dispatch and transport of cosmetic products.


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Seminars on the topic of quality management

As a manufacturing company, you are entitled to tax refunds. GUTcert is an accredited certification body with a wide range of approvals. We issue certificates that not only meet standard requirements, but also ensure recognition by state authorities.

For 70% of the companies in the chemical industry that employ fewer than 50 people as SMEs, testing of an alternative system to improve their energy efficiency and as a basis for tax refunds plays a major role.

For larger companies, a certification of the energy management system according to ISO 50001 or a validation of the environmental management system according to EMAS can also be considered. Both certificates are considered suitable evidence in Germany for legal compliance with regard to the requirements of the EDL-G and as a basis for an electricity tax refund.

The chemical and pharmaceutical industries are energy-intensive - the burden of electricity consumption typical for the sector is high despite relief regulations. Our experienced auditors have great technical expertise and give you impulses for uncovering potential savings: our certification is worth your money.


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Seminars on the topic of energy management

The chemical and pharmaceutical industry is one of the most environmentally intensive sectors in Germany: energy consumption, GHG emissions, but also water consumption and land use are among the main impacts of the industry.

Optimisation potentials become apparent and cost savings possible by applying internationally proven methodologies and approaches.

An environmental management system according to ISO 14001 or EMAS helps you to systematically record and analyse your use of raw materials. In the course of the last few years, environmental protection has gained similar importance as a competitive factor in marketing as, for example, the quality or price of products and services. Follow the trend and secure your company's competitiveness on regional and international markets.

ISO 14001 certification also increases compliance with legal plans regarding chemical safety, biocides, cosmetics, plant protection, fertilisers and pharmaceuticals.


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Seminars on the topic of environmental management

One of the greatest challenges facing the chemical and pharmaceutical industry is to make its own business activities climate-friendly. The goal of climate neutrality is linked to considerable effort as well as technical and technological innovations and investments, for example to reduce energy consumption, to enable the transition to renewable energy sources and to compensate for unavoidable emissions.

A functioning climate strategy in one's own organisation is therefore essential and based on a solid greenhouse gas balance. The majority of the industry's emissions are generated in its own production and by direct suppliers. More than 40% of the chemical industry's greenhouse gas emissions are caused at its own sites. Together with the upstream suppliers from its own sector, the chemical industry thus causes about 50% of the GHG emissions along the value chain.

The Corporate Carbon Footprint serves as a management tool to identify the main CO2 emissions, to determine mitigation measures, to implement cost reduction plans and to build trust.

If individual products are to be assessed with regard to their emission intensity, the Product Carbon Footprint is used. More information also at

If your company participates in European emissions trading, GUTcert can support you with its many years of experience. As one of the leading verification bodies in emissions trading with a full industry accreditation at DAkkS, we verify emissions reports of all industries with stationary installations.

Self-contained and stationary or fixed installations for handling substances hazardous to water are subject to the requirements of the Water Resources Act and the Ordinance on Installations for Handling Substances Hazardous to Water (AwSV). Typical installations are tank or hazardous substance storage facilities, drum and container storage facilities, filling stations, heating oil consumer installations and containers, refineries and chemical storage facilities, etc.

In order to protect water bodies from adverse changes in their properties, their operators must ensure that the facility is leak-proof and that the associated safety devices are in working order, and must monitor these independently. In addition, the proper condition of the facility must be inspected by experts in accordance with AwSV. Such expert inspections are required by the water authorities prior to commissioning or in the event of a significant change, recurrently (usually) every 5 years or upon decommissioning of installations.

Characteristic of the chemical and pharmaceutical industries is an increased risk to the safety and health of employees. In order to identify risks in the workplace at an early stage and to systematically create a safe and efficient working environment, an occupational safety management system (SGAMS) according to ISO 45001 helps.

Beyond a positive image factor, certification according to ISO 45001 significantly increases compliance with legal requirements and thus reduces corporate risks. The figures of your sickness statistics will also decrease in the long run.

Make safety in the company a corporate goal: you create trust among your employees and ensure credibility in the eyes of the public.

Points of contact when introducing and maintaining an SGAMS arise primarily in the area of environmental management. As a member of the globally represented AFNOR Group, GUTcert offers you international certification - also in combination with, for example, environmental or quality management.

Operators of critical infrastructures (CRITIS) are obliged to demonstrate effective protection of their systems through an information security management system (ISMS). You can meet this obligation with certification according to ISO/IEC 27001, among others. We are also happy to assess a company-specific standard.

Evidence of sustainability-related performance is increasingly becoming mandatory criteria in major tenders. The awarding of contracts in the value chain also often depends on what a company does and how transparently it communicates this.

Show that you take responsibility by getting certified according to certain supply chain standards: With ISCC (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification), REDcert and RSPO (Roundtable on sustainable Palm Oil) you guarantee your customers sustainable action.

Especially for the chemical industry, sustainable products and compliance with environmental and social standards are more necessary than ever. In addition, the requirements and expectations on the part of customers and legislators that a product must meet are increasing - throughout the entire supply chain.

In addition to the social expectations of a company, sustainable management of the value chain also offers economic advantages: It is not uncommon for linking economic and social needs to open up new business opportunities, for example by increasing efficiency or reducing risks and costs.

A validated sustainability report according to common standards is a proven instrument for companies to present their economic, ecological and social performance to business partners, customers, NGOs and the public. A sustainability report is also an advantage when it comes to filling out evaluations for supply chains that are common in Germany, such as EcoVadis.

Linking or integrating different management systems not only brings cost benefits but also organisational simplifications. If the different requirements are combined in an integrated system approach, this minimises the overall expense for setting up and maintaining the entire management system. Price advantages of up to 50% compared to the separate handling of the individual procedures are not uncommon. Combining audit dates, for example, reduces the time required to a single on-site audit, the duration of which is significantly shorter than the sum of the individual audits.

As a member of the internationally represented AFNOR Group, GUTcert offers certifications worldwide - also combined.

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Study on the implementation of management systems in the chemical industry

ISO management systems in the chemical industry 2019: Status of implementation.

GUTcert took a close look at several audit reports to find out how companies in the chemical industry are evolving in terms of the challenges they face with their management systems.

Case study on the EMS at WALA

From nature for people: Environmental management by conviction

Find out what WALA Heilmittel GmbH experienced on its way to successful ISO 14001 certification in our case study.

Which certifications are particularly relevant for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry?