As of 1 May, all auditing companies that wish to start conducting BSCI audits are asked to go through a new acceptance procedure. In order to improve the quality of BSCI audits, BSCI has decided to review and upgrade the criteria on which auditing companies can conduct BSCI audits. BSCI continues to request auditing companies to be Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS) accredited for the SA8000 standard. However, BSCI adds new requirements, notably the restriction of the use of subcontractors. All new requirements are included in the new framework contract for the auditing companies. Please see the 'The BSCI Auditing Companies Approval Procedure' and the application form. For interested companies, fill out the application form and send it with the relevant documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org, BSCI Auditing Manager.