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Response by TÜV Rheinland

Author: TÜV Rheinland, Published on: 12 July 2018

We invited TÜV Rheinland to respond the press release by ECCHR and in particular the concern that TÜV Rheinland broke off the negotiations. TÜV Rheinland responded and referred us to a statement on their website available here.

The national contact point [...] issued a final statement [...] in which it ruled out the alleged joint responsibility on the part of TÜV Rheinland... Immediately after the collapse, TÜV Rheinland had publicly stated: “The claim that TÜV Rheinland did not detect any construction defects during inspections of the collapsed textile factory and carried out inadequate audits is misleading.. [T]he examination of construction defects was not the subject of the audits... [T]he tragic disaster in Bangladesh rather underscores the need for extended independent controls by third-party testing service providers.“ ... TÜV Rheinland’s participation in the NCP procedure was voluntary, and its goal was to achieve a common understanding with the complainants... TÜV Rheinland has welcomed the critical and forward-looking discussions of the disaster in Bangladesh... TÜV Rheinland will continue to assume its responsibility which consists in constantly scrutinizing its own work [...] and will continue to make suggestions for the further development of standards. This is part of TÜV Rheinland’s identity and core values... 

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This is a response from the following companies: TÜV Rheinland