currently known as SGS S.A.), together with its subsidiaries and joint ventures, provide inspection, verification, testing and certification services. With more than 55,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.
Its main competitors are the French company Bureau Veritas, Intertek and the Swiss company Cotecna.
The core services offered by SGS can be divided into four categories:
Inspection Services. SGS inspects and verifies the quantity, weight and quality of traded goods.
Testing Services. SGS tests product quality and performance against various health, safety and regulatory standards.
Certification Services. SGS certifies that products, systems or services meet the requirements of standards set by governments (e.g. GOST R), standardisation bodies (e.g.ISO 9000) or by SGS customers. SGS also develops and certifies its own standards.
Verification Services: SGS verification services ensure that products and services comply with global standards and local regulations.