Membership of the DSA is voluntary
and all members of the DSA must undergo a level of scrutiny before
membership is granted and it is therefore a strong ethical tick
when a company is a member of the DSA in New Zealand.
While Associate members are not
scrutinised to the same level they do still undergo the application
process and good reason why they should be approved needs to
be identified as part of that process. Good reason can be that
they are supplier to one or more of the member companies of products
or services and that they wish to support the industry by being
affiliated. Inappropriate applicants where possible conflicts
of interest might arises are possible and decisions on whether
to approve or accept associate members are carefully considered
by the Executive before a decision is made.