ATS Scope of Work

The Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) is the national accreditation body of the Republic of Serbia established by the Republic of Serbia by means of the Act on Establishment of the Accreditation Body of Serbia - integral version (“Official Gazette of the RS”, Nos. 14/2011 and 95/2016) to perform the activities referred to in Articles 3 and 8 of the Law on Accreditation (“Official Gazette of the RS”, No. 73/2010). The Government exercises the rights of the ATS Founder. ATS is a sole accreditation body in the Republic of Serbia that was conferred the authority to perform the accreditation activities by means of the Law on Accreditation.

ATS is an institution and was registered as such. A law governing public administration services are applied in case of the ATS establishment, set-up, status and activities-related issues.

The Law on Accreditation governs the accreditation procedure, establishment and scope of the ATS activities, its organs and financing. The abbreviated form (acronym) of the Accreditation Body of Serbia’s name is ATS. In international transactions, in addition to the Serbian version of its name, ATS can use the English version thereof: "Accreditation Body of Serbia".

The purpose of accreditation is to determine competence of conformity assessment bodies to perform the following activities:

1) testing including medical laboratories;

2) calibration;

3) inspection;

4) certification of products;

5) certification of management systems;

6) certification of persons

7) prоficiency testing.

ATS performs accreditation in keeping with the following documents:

Accreditation is voluntary in the Republic of Serbia unless made mandatory by sector-specific laws.

The assessment of conformity of products, processes and services with technical regulations and standards is performed by professional and technically competent laboratories, certification and inspection bodies.

In order to become competitive on the European and world market, it will be necessary to prove the conformity of products, processes and services as regards those requirements stipulated in regulations, standards and contractual technical specifications. Observance of regulations and standards ensures the safety of products and free movement on the market, human health protection, consumer protection, environmental protection and protection of other areas of public importance. Thus, it is of utmost importance to use services of professional and technically competent laboratories, inspection and certification bodies in this process, whereby the confidence in performed testing, inspection and certification activities is ensured.

Accreditation is a means to establish confidence in product and service-oriented markets given that it presents an independent and impartial competence assessment of the bodies performing testing, calibration, certification and inspection activities. Recognition and acceptance of the conformity assessment results obtained in Serbia will be ensured through networking of the Serbian accreditation system with those of Europe and world.

In the field of accreditation, ATS establishes cooperation with bodies and organisations belonging to the public administration system of the Republic of Serbia in keeping with the rules arising from laws and SRPS ISO/IEC 17011 and without jeopardising its independence.

Accreditation Rules are in concordance with the international standards from 170XX series, and with the ЕА, ILAC and IAF rules and guidelines.

Pursuant to the Law on Accreditation, Decision on Amendments to the Act on Establishment of the Accreditation Board of Serbia and Statute, ATS performs the following activities:

1. determine the competence of conformity assessment bodies performing testing, calibration, inspection, certification of products, certification of management systems and certification of persons;

2. determine the competence to perform other conformity assessment activities in accordance with specific laws;

3. set forth and publish the Rules of Accreditation that shall be based on the relevant Serbian, international and European standards and documents of the international and European organisations for accreditation;

4. keep a public directory of accredited conformity assessment bodies;

5. participate in the work of international and European organisations for accreditation;

6. organise and deliver accreditation-oriented training to assessors;

7. organise seminars and training courses, and promote the importance and role of accreditation;

8. prepare and publish accreditation-related brochures, publications and bulletins, and

9. perform other accreditation-oriented activities in accordance with the Law, the Act on Establishment of the Accreditation Body of Serbia - integral version ( “Official Gazette of the RS” Nos. 14/2011 and 95/2016)  and Statute.