General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Consultant for data protection management in accordance with VdS 10010

A further milestone was reached at the end of 2017 with the publication of VdS 10010. These guidelines describe an intelligent way to implement the requirements of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR for short).

As with the information security management system in accordance with VdS 10000, the data protection management system (DPMS) in accordance with VdS 10010 is such that implementation by the companies themselves on their own initiative will be difficult and probably the exception rather than the rule. For reasons of efficiency and error prevention, companies will seek professional help in implementing VdS 10010 - especially in order to prepare optimally for a certification audit.

Therefore VdS offers a consultant approval procedure for this area: The VdS-approved consultant for data protection management systems in accordance with VdS 10010, where it is important to note that the subject of the approval is not data protection-related advice but management system-related advice. The approval procedure is described in the VdS 10013 guidelines. The required knowledge and skills must be demonstrated in writing. In addition, an examination must be passed, which is carried out after the VdS 10010 course and the additional workshop day. VdS approval as a DSMS consultant is valid for four years and can be extended upon request.

Process of VdS Approval

The requirements for accreditation are essentially:


Once these requirements are met, you can request accreditation.
Simply use our digital order form for this purpose.

After reviewing your credentials, the certification process will be initiated.

Please note that the initial approval is subject to a fee. The exact amount may vary as it is influenced by various factors. We would be happy to create a tailor-made offer for you.
There is also an annual fee, the details of which can be found in our price information.

VdS accreditation as a consultant for Cyber Security is valid for four years and can be extended upon request.

Notes on the subject examination

To prepare for the specialist exam, we recommend attending the VdS course VdS 10010 - The Guidelines for Data Protection Management and the workshop DSMA - VdS Data Protection Management.

As a participant in the above workshop, you have the opportunity to take the exam directly after the course.

Please note that separate registration is required to take part in the exam.