PwC supports OpenChain Self-Certification with Independent Compliance Assessment

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Today PwC Germany ( announces support for OpenChain Conformance activities in companies across all sectors.

The OpenChain Project provides robust Self-Certification to showcase compliance with OpenChain Specification, the industry standard for open source compliance. However, Self-Certification may not always be optimal for organizations with limited experience in open source or those needing to minimize the potential for conflicts of interest via reports from an independent external auditor.
PwC and other auditing organizations are working to acknowledge these market requirements and to build further trust in OpenChain Conformance through two approaches:

• PwC supports organizations, providing operational excellence, guidance and reviews setting up required processes, guidelines and policies for an OpenChain Conformance program. 

• PwC audits organizations’ OpenChain Conformance program as an external independent auditor and reports against the OpenChain Specification in a formal international reporting format and attestation. This provides trust in OSS management especially in the supply chain. 

Through integration of third-party assessors and advisory firms in the OpenChain community, a platform is created to further enable the industry-wide acceptance of the OpenChain standard which is very valuable especially for supply chains.

OpenChain Specification – ISO Draft Review Process

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The latest draft of the next version of OpenChain Specification can be found here:

Our objective is to make only minor clarification changes over version 2.0  while we wait for ISO adoption (currently in progress). We discussed a half dozen items posted on the specification issue list at the Open Source Summit, North American F2F OpenChain meeting:

After discussing the various open issues we decided to make only one minor change:

Because the terms “Software Staff” and “Program Participants” where used interchangeable in the spec, it was decided to replace each use of “Software Staff” with “Program Participants” which is more consistent with ISO terminology. 

Coming Next

We will continue to accept feedback for ISO version 2.1 up through October 31st 2019. We will have one more F2F meeting at the Open Source Summit, Europe in October. We will finalize the ISO 2.1 version in November 2019. We will then embark on the next major revision of the specification starting December 1st 2019.

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