TÜV InterCert has a location in Iran, TÜV InterCert Iran (accessed 7/15/2016).
"A German government quality control agency and a private certification agency that works with it both violated EU sanctions and the federal agency’s policy by providing certificates to Iranian banks, constructions companies and energy firms, a joint investigation by The Jerusalem Post and the Federal Republic’s largest daily, Bild, reveals. The quality control certificates make it easier for the Iranian firms to conduct business, because of Germany’s reputation for high industrial standards. The violations occurred between late October 2012 and January 2016, when the Iran nuclear agreement was implemented. After accusations of sanctions violations emerged in 2012, Kurt Lindenblatt, the head of certification for the Bonn-based TÜV InterCert SAAR private agency, wrote, in an email obtained by the Post and Bild: 'The list of the companies that are under an embargo was briefly scrolled through... there are several Iranian companies... that possess certificates from us.' TÜV InterCert SAAR issues management systems quality control certifications to companies, as does the German Accreditation Council, the country’s national accreditation body. The Federal Economic Affairs and Energy Ministry oversees the council, which is a government agency." (Jerusalem Post, "Germany Government Agency Involved in Violation of Iran Sanctions," 7/14/2016)
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