Information of Special Importance to Inspection Bodies

19th April 2017

Information for CABs about change of rules in ATS

In February 2017, the Accreditation body of Serbia (ATS) made amendments in two documents: Rules for the Use of the Accreditation Symbol, Reference to Accreditation and ATS Status as a Signatory to the ЕА MLA, ILAC MRA and IAF MLA ATS-PA04 (technical correction published on ATS website on 19th April 2017) and Cross-frontier Accreditation Rules ATS-PA05 in order to conform them with the following changes in international documents:

- ATS-PA04, Rules for the Use of the Accreditation Symbol, Reference to Accreditation and ATS Status as a Signatory to the ЕА MLA, ILAC MRA are completely in compliance with the requirements of ILAC-R7:05/2015, Rules for the Use of the ILAC MRA Mark, IAF ML 2:2016, General principles on the use of the IAF MLA mark and EA-1/19 A:2015, Rules for Use of the EA Logo, as well as IAF resolutions (IAF Resolution 2015-14, Agenda Item 10 и IAF Resolution 2016-17, Agenda Item 9).

One of the significant changes refers to application of the decision by IAF GA (IAF Resolution 2015-14, Agenda Item 10 и IAF Resolution 2016-17, Agenda Item 9) which obligated CABs certifying management systems to use accreditation symbol on conformity assessment certificates for fields they are accredited for, in accordance with the granted Scope of accreditation.

It shall be deemed that the document for management systems certificates were issued by the process of accreditation if they have an accreditation symbol and/or refer to accreditation in the text and/or combined mark (if applicable).

Certification bodies that certify the management systems:

(1) must coordinate (conform) that the certification documents contain a symbol of accreditation or refer to accreditation at the time of making the decision about the recertification at the latest until the 6th November 2019

(2) during the process of making the decision on initial accreditation, i.e. the extension of the scope of accreditation for the new standard, starting 6th November 2019, certification bodies, which certificate the management systems must re-issue, previously issued non-accredited documents of certification in a period of one year until the date of making the final decision about accreditation.

Note: If there is an exception from the previous paragraph, the certification body’s Client, which certifies the management systems must justify this exception to both the certification body as well as to the accreditation body, and if they reach agreement between both parties, the certification in question will be considered to be accredited.

Point 2.2 of the document EA Rules for Use of the EA Logo EA-1/19 A:2015 stipulates that conformity assessment bodies accredited by EA members are not allowed to use EA logo. If you use EA logo on your website, it is vital that the logo be removed if you published it and the proof/information about it be sent to ATS to following email: office@ats.rs

Likewise, should you be interested in promoting international status of ATS as a signatory to the ЕА MLA/MRA and full member of international accreditation organisations (EA, ILAC, IAF), you can do so by putting the link to e.g. ATS logo which will direct to the ATS internet page containing the text about ATS status and international recognition (http://www.ats.rs/en/pages/international-organisations-and-agreements) – About us/International organizations and agreements and pursuant to point 3.2.1 of the Rules for the Use of ATS Logo ATS-PA07 which defines that “ATS logo may, upon request, be approved for use for other purposes, in adverts, articles, publications, on fairs, exhibitions, conferences/seminars and websites of other organizations.”

АТS-PА05, Cross-frontier Accreditation Rules  which defines ATS policy applied when accrediting conformity assessment bodies with the head office outside the Republic of Serbia or CABs established in the Republic of Serbia having sites and/or key activities in another country, and the policy related to cooperation with other accreditation bodies in case of cross-frontier accreditation; these Rules are fully in compliance with the requirements of EA- 2/13 М:2012, ILAC-G21:09/2012 and Regulation (EC) No. 765/2008 and they are additionally updated with the explanations of definitions concerning cross-frontier accreditation laid out in the document EA- 2/13 S1.

10th April 2017

Information about accreditation of CABs in the field of CA of lifts

A new Rulebook on Lifts Safety and Rulebook on inspection of lifts in use was published in „Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No 15/17 on 2nd March 2017. These rulebooks shall enter into force on 10th March 2017.

As of the date of the entry into force of the said rulebooks the Rulebook on Lifts Safety („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No 101/10) is no longer valid.

The legislator prescribed that installer of a lift, manufacturer of safety components or its representative in the Republic of Serbia  can place the lift and safety components on the market which Rulebook on Lifts Safety („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No 15/17) refers to, which are designed and manufactured and whose conformity has been assessed according to provisions of the Rulebook on Lifts Safety („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No 101/10)  by 1st January 2018 at the latest. Hence information was published on http://www.tehnis.privreda.gov.rs that notified conformity assessment bodies (CABs) for assessing conformity according to the Rulebook on Lifts Safety („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No 101/10), shall perform the activities they are accredited for but in accordance with the new Rulebook, as of the date of the entry into force until the end of the notification process and that the request for notification may be submitted by 10th June 2017 at the latest. Certificates of conformity issued by notified bodies i.e. which will be issued by the date of the entry into force of the new rulebook in the procedures of conformity assessment according to the Rulebook on Lifts Safety („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No 101/10), are valid according to the new rulebook as well, but until the expiry date at the latest.

Pursuing the aforementioned, CABs accredited for conformity assessment according to the Rulebook on Lifts Safety („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No 101/10), due to transition period and the fact that activities of assessing of conformity of lifts which now require accreditation in order to be notified are now laid out in two rulebooks: Rulebook on Lifts Safety („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No 15/17) and Rulebook on inspection of lifts in use („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No 15/17) can require the Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) to extend the scope of their accreditation.

ATS shall not receive new applications for accreditation for conformity assessment according to the Rulebook on Lifts Safety („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No 101/10) as of 15th April 2017. Accredited bodies for performing conformity assessment according to the Rulebook on Lifts Safety („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No 101/10) shall be able to maintain their accreditations until 10th June 2017.

Applications for extension of the scope of accreditation for performing conformity assessment activities according to the Rulebook on Lifts Safety („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No 15/17) and Rulebook on inspection of lifts in use („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No 15/17) may be submitted to ATS as of 15th April 2017.  

ATS shall review the applications in the process of surveillance, reaccreditation or assessment with the purpose of scope extension through independent procedure depending on the applicability and in line with the needs of the applicant.

As of 10th June 2017, ATS will reduce the scope of accreditation for performing conformity assessment according to the Rulebook on Lifts Safety („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No 101/10) to all CABs which are accredited for performing conformity assessment activities according to the said rulebook which is no longer valid. ATS will withdraw accreditation if CABs are accredited for conformity assessment only according to the said rulebook.

CABs can submit applications for initial accreditation for performing conformity assessment activities according to the Rulebook on Lifts Safety („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No 15/17) and Rulebook on inspection of lifts in use („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No 15/17) as of 15th April 2017.

27th March 2017

Information for IBs accredited for inspection of installations and appliances for extinguishing fire and installations of special systems

Information for inspection bodies and other interested parties for accreditation of conformity assessment bodies in accordance with the Rulebook on special requirements which must be met by legal entities which are authorised for performance of inspection of installations and appliances for extinguishing fire and installations of special systems („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia“ No. 52/15 and 59/16).

The Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) received, upon its request, the interpretation of the said Rulebook (Act of the Ministry of Interior No 01-91/17-2, dated 17th March 2017).

Starting from the said interpretation of the Rulebook on special requirements which must be met by legal entities which are authorised for performance of inspection of installations and appliances for extinguishing fire and installations of special systems („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia“ No 52/15 and 59/16), Rules of Accreditation ATS-PA01, Guideline for the formulation of scopes of accreditation of inspection bodies ATS-UP05, the requested scope of accreditation should be presented in a manner shown in the table.

Pursuant to the interpretation of the Ministry of Interior, during accreditation procedure ATS shall not check and assess whether provisions of articles 19, 30, 36, 42, 48 and 54 of the Rulebook are met, as a limitation in determining the type of inspecting body. Provisions of those articles shall be checked by the enacting authority while performing the surveillance of the authorised inspection bodies.

Inspecting bodies which have already applied for accreditation/extension of the scope of accreditation, for performance of conformity assessment activities according to the Rulebook on special requirements which must be met by legal entities which are authorised for performance of inspection of installations and appliances for extinguishing fire and installations of special systems („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia“ No 52/15 and 59/16),  shall be asked to complete the application so as to conform to the requirements which are pursuant to the interpretation of the Ministry of Interior.

Accredited inspecting bodies may submit an application for the extension of the scope of accreditation for performance of conformity assessment activities according to the Rulebook on special requirements which must be met by legal entities which are authorised for performance of inspection of installations and appliances for extinguishing fire and installations of special systems („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia“ No 52/15 and 59/16), as of 28th March 2017.

Assessment following the application for the extension of the scope of accreditation shall be performed by ATS during next regular surveillance assessment or reassessment of conformity assessment bodies (CAB) or upon the request of CAB as a separate assessment following the application for the extension of the scope of accreditation.

CABs may submit an application for accreditation for performance of conformity assessment activities according to the Rulebook on special requirements which must be met by legal entities which are authorised for performance of inspection of installations and appliances for extinguishing fire and installations of special systems („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia“ No 52/15 and 59/16), as of 28th March 2017. Assessment following the application for accreditation shall be performed by ATS in regular assessment procedure.

26th January 2017

Information about accreditation and conformity assessment according to EMC and LVD

With the purpose of conforming to the Directive 2014/30/ЕU, which has been implemented in the EU since 20th April 2016, the Minister of Economy adopted a new Rulebook on Electromagnetic Compatibility which was published in “Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No 25/16. This Rulebook comes into force as of 1st July 2017.

With the purpose of conforming to the Directive 2014/35/ЕU, which has been implemented in the EU since 20th April 2016, the Minister of Economy adopted a new Rulebook on the electrical equipment intended for use within certain voltage limits, which was published in “Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No 25/16. This Rulebook came into force on 17th March 2016 and it will be implemented as of 1st July 2017.

Starting from the stated, after 31st January 2017 the Accreditation Body of Serbia shall not receive new applications for accreditation for conformity assessment activities according to the Rulebook on Electromagnetic Compatibility („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia“ No. 13/10) and Rulebook on the electrical equipment intended for use within certain voltage limits („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia“ No. 13/10).

Accredited conformity assessment bodies according to the Rulebook on Electromagnetic Compatibility („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia“ No. 13/10) and Rulebook on the electrical equipment intended for use within certain voltage limits („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia“ No. 13/10) can maintain their accreditation until 1st July 2017.

The Accreditation Body of Serbia hereby informs all interested parties that certification bodies certifying productsagainst Rulebook on Electromagnetic Compatibility which was published in “Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No 25/16 and Rulebook on the electrical equipment intended for use within certain voltage limits, which was published in “Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No 25/16 will be accredited  as of 1st February 2017 as per SRPS EN ISO/IEC 17065:2016, in accordance with the opinion of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Serbia (No 021-03-187/2016-07 of 10th November 2016) which was conveyed to The Accreditation Body of Serbia. 

Applications for accreditation for the activities of conformity assessment according to the Rulebook on Electromagnetic Compatibility which was published in “Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No 25/16 and the Rulebook on the electrical equipment intended for use within certain voltage limits, which was published in “Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No 25/16. can be submitted as of 1st February 2017 in the procedure of initial accreditation, surveillance, reaccreditation or accreditation with the purpose of extending the scope of accreditation. 

As of 1st July, The Accreditation Body of Serbia will reduce the scope of accreditation to all conformity assessment bodies which are accredited for conformity assessment according to the Rulebook on Electromagnetic Compatibility („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia“ No 13/10) and the Rulebook on the electrical equipment intended for use within certain voltage limits („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia“ No. 13/10). The Accreditation Body of Serbia will terminate accreditation to all conformity assessment bodies which are accredited for conformity assessment only according to the said Rulebooks.

31st August 2015

Information as regards accreditation of conformity assessment bodies for the purpose of designation to perform the conformity assessment activities referred to in the Regulation on Noise Emission by Equipment for Use Outdoors (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia”, No. 1/13)

Application of the Regulation on Noise Emission by Equipment for Use Outdoors (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia”, No. 1/13) (hereinafter referred to as: Regulation) started on 1st July 2015 and a notice thereof was posted on www.tehnis.privreda.gov.rs.

The notice stated that conformity assessment bodies accredited to perform testing of noise in keeping with SRPS EN ISO 3744:2008 can, prior to being designated to perform the conformity assessment activities referred to in Article 11 of the Regulation, issue certificates of conformity to local producers or, when applicable, to representatives of foreign producers as stipulated in Annexes 6, 7 or 8 of the Regulation and under conditions presented in the notice.

The Accreditation Body of Serbia hereby informs all interested conformity assessment bodies (CABs) that it will, as of 1st October 2015, receive CABs’ applications for accreditation that will allow them to perform conformity assessment activities in keeping with Article 11 of the Regulation (Annexes 6, 7 or 8 of the Regulation).

CABs can be granted accreditation for the said conformity assessment activities as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17020, SRPS ISO/IEC 17065 or SRPS ISO/IEC 17021 depending on the type of conformity assessment activities that need to be performed as per the said Annexes of the Regulation.

Accreditations can be granted in the course of initial assessments, reassessments or assessments performed to extend the scope of accreditation that had already been granted, whereas the awarded accreditation documents will serve as a proof of competence to perform conformity assessment in case of CAB designation as per the Regulation.

Moreover, it was determined, as defined in the EA policy stipulated in the document entitled EA-2/17 INF: 2014 that tackles CAB accreditation for the purpose of notification and as agreed with the Ministry of Economy (MoE document No. 110-00-165/2015-07 dated 22.07.2015), that accreditation documents (in addition to the aforementioned ones) that are in keeping with SRPS ISO/IЕС 17025 will be accepted (for the purpose of notification) as a proof of CAB competence and know-how to perform the conformity assessment activities referred to in Annexes 6 and 7 of the Regulation in case of testing laboratories performing testing of noise as per SRPS ISO 3744 if, during the accreditation procedure, additional assessments were performed to determine fulfilment of the requirements laid down in Annex 9 of the Regulation.

Hence ATS allows testing laboratories accredited as per SRPS ISO 3744 to perform noise emission testing to submit, as of 1st October 2015 (or even earlier if their regular surveillance assessments are planned to be carried out before 1st October 2015), applications to extend the scope of accreditation for the purpose of designation to perform conformity assessment as per Article 11 of the Regulation in case of the conformity assessment activities referred to in Annexes 6 and 7 of the Regulation. Assessments will be performed during regular surveillance assessments after the applications have been submitted or as a separate procedure after the applications to extend the scope of accreditation for the purpose of designation have been received. Laboratory assessment will include an assessment of their technical competence or assessment of their know-how and procedures used to make decisions on the basis of audits and evaluations prescribed in the Regulation and obtained noise testing results, whereas these decisions will need to confirm whether the Regulation requirements have been fulfilled or not. With this end in view laboratories should, in addition to all SRPS ISO/IЕС 17025 requirements, also fulfil the requirements referred to in clauses 4.1, 7.5 and 7.6 of SRPS ISO/IEC 17065 and this will be assessed during additional assessments on the basis of applications for the extension of the scope of accreditation for the purpose of designation. Accredited testing laboratories, the scope of which will be extended during the said procedure, will be issued the new extended Scope of Accreditation that will, in addition to regular information and data, contain clear information that a laboratory for conformity assessment in keeping with the Regulation was additionally assessed as per the relevant SRPS ISO/IEC 17065 requirements.

Application for the extension of the scope of accreditation for testing laboratories for the purpose of designation is posted under D.1.1A ANNEX TO THE APPLICATION FOR ACCREDITATION (for testing laboratories – SRPS ISO/IEC 17025) - ONLY FOR THE EXTENSION TO THE SCOPE OF ACCREDITATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF DESIGNATION. Completed and signed application forms with requested annexes have to be sent to the ATS’s address.

18th June 2015

Information for conformity assessment bodies that are in the process of being granted accreditation as regards the application of the Regulation on Portable Pressure Vessels

The Accreditation Body of Serbia hereby informs all accredited conformity assessment bodies that are in the process of being granted accreditation in keeping with the Regulation on Portable Pressure Vessels (published in Official Gazette of the RS No. 30/2014 of 14.03.2014), and after consulting the Directorate of Dangerous Goods Transport, that scopes of accreditation containing revoked regulations (Regulation on Technical Norms for Portable Closed Vessels for Compressed, Liquid and Under-pressure Soluble Gases (“Official Journal of the SFRY”, Nos. 25/80 and 9/86, “Official Journal of the FRY”, Nos. 21/94, 56/95 and 1/03, and “Official Gazette of the RS”, No. 8/12) and Ordinance on Mandatory Attestation of Steel Bottles for Propane & Butane Gas with Valves (“Official Journal of the SFRY”, No. 44/87) will be valid until the termination of the accreditation process, but no later than 30.09.2015, when ATS will make decisions to reduce the scope of accreditation or to withdraw accreditation in case of those CABs that will still have the revoked regulations listed in their scopes of accreditation.

14th May 2014

CAB-related information about the Regulation on Portable Pressure Equipment

The Accreditation Body of Serbia hereby informs all accredited conformity assessment bodies and those seeking accreditation that, pursuant to published Regulation on Portable Pressure Equipment (published in the Official Gazette of the RS No. 30/2014 of 14.03.2014), the Regulation on Technical Norms for Portable Closed Vessels for Compressed, Liquid and Dilute Gases (“Official Journal of the SFRY“, Nos. 25/80 and 9/86, “Official Journal of the SRY“, Nos. 21/94, 56/95 and 1/03, and “Official Gazette of the RS“, No. 8/12) and Ordinance on Mandatory Atestation of Steel Propane-Butane Bottles with Valves (“Official Journal of the SFRY“, No. 44/87) shall be repealed with effect from the date of entry of this Regulation (1st June 2014). The Regulation prescribes (Article 16) that certificates of conformity issued on the basis of repealed regulations shall remain valid until the next periodic inspection, intermediate inspections or exceptional checks, but no later than 1st June 2019.

Having in mind the aforementioned, and after consulting with the Directorate for Dangerous Goods Transport, the Accreditation Body shall, from 1st June 2014, mark in the scopes of accreditation the said regulations as “repealed” in case of those CABs wishing to get accredited as per the new Regulation. Scopes of accreditation containing repealed regulations will remain valid until the finalisation of the accreditation procedure as per the new Regulation, but no later than 31.05.2015 when ATS will make decisions on reduction of the scope of accreditation or withdrawal of accreditation for those CABs that will still have in their scopes of accreditation reference to repealed regulations. In case of CABs that will still have reference to repealed regulations in their scopes of accreditation, but that do not wish to get accredited as per the new Regulation, ATS will, from 1st June 2014, make decisions on reduction of the scope of accreditation or withdrawal of accreditation.

Having in mind that the Regulation (Article 10) prescribes that accreditation as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17020 is one of the conditions to designate bodies, competence of all CABs wishing to get accredited for conformity assessment procedures as per the Regulation on Portable Pressure Equipment will be determined during initial assessments, reassessments and assessments for the purpose of extension of the scope of accreditation. When formulating scopes of accreditation CABs shall (under “reference documents” column) list, for each conformity assessment (CA) procedure (type of inspection), regulations, ADR/RID/ADN points describing CA procedures and specific standard(s) referring to ADR/RID/AND.

CABs wishing to get accredited as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17020 should meet the criteria for type A inspection bodies in order to become designated in keeping with the Regulation. The Directorate for Dangerous Goods Transport posted on its website (www.utot.gov.rs) an announcement for companies wishing to become designated for conformity assessment in case of portable pressure equipment and for interested parties wishing to apply in order to become designated.

Moreover, laboratories can be granted accreditation, as per the requirements of SRPS ISO/IEC 17025, to perform testing of portable pressure equipment, but it has to be mentioned that these laboratories cannot be designated by the Directorate for Dangerous Goods Transport given that such accreditation can confuse the market.

20th September 2013

The Regulation on Metrological Conditions for Non-automatic Weighing Machines (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia”, No. 17/13) entered into force on 1st March 2013. Therefore, the Directorate of Measures and Precious Metals (DMDM) issued an announcement related to the transitional period for the Regulation on Metrological Conditions for Non-automatic Weighing Machines.

The Regulation on Measuring Instruments (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia”, No. 63/13) entered into force on 27th July 2013. Therefore, DMDM issued an announcement related to the transitional period for the Regulation on Measuring Instruments.

30th July 2013

In the first half of 2013 the Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) changed a series of documents and adopted the new management system documents in line with the requirements of the signed international agreements (EA MLA, ILAC MRA and IAF MLA) and obligations arising therefrom, change of the EA, ILAC and IAF documents, and the ATS wish to upgrade its management system and increase the efficiency of its operation.

With that end in view the following rules were changed:

- ATS-PA04, Rules for the Use of the Accreditation Symbol, Reference to Accreditation and ATS Status as a Signatory to the ЕА MLA, ILAC MRA and IAF MLA in order to define the policy, conditions and rules for the use of the accreditation symbol and reference to accreditation, and the conditions and mode of use of the marks of international organisation for accreditation and reference to ATS status as a signatory to the said multilateral agreements; these Rules are fully in compliance with the requirements of ЕА-3/01 M: 2012, ILAC-R7:09/2009 and IAF ML 2:2011;

- ATS-PA05, Rules of Cross-frontier Accreditation defining the ATS policy applied when accrediting conformity assessment bodies with the head office outside the Republic of Serbia or CABs established in the Republic of Serbia having sites and/or key activities in another country, and the policy related to cooperation with other accreditation bodies in case of cross-frontier accreditation; these Rules are fully in compliance with the requirements of EA- 2/13 М:2012, ILAC-G21:09/2012 and Regulation (EC) No. 765/2008;

- ATS-PA03, Rules for Obtaining Acceptable Traceability of Measurement in order to be in compliance with ILAC- P10, ILAC Policy on Traceability of Measurement Results, and

- ATS-PA01, Rules of Accreditation that define the entire accreditation procedure, requirements to be met by CABs, rights and obligations of those participating in accreditation granting and maintenance. In addition to harmonisation with the changes in the management system documents and in order to increase the efficiency of the ATS operation and continue observance of the requirements of SRPS ISO/IEC 17011, the following periods of realisation of regular surveillance assessments were changed: “First regular surveillance assessment shall be carried out 6 to 9 months after the accreditation has been granted, second regular surveillance assessment shall be carried out 18 to 21 months after the accreditation has been granted, while the third one shall be carried out 30 to 33 months after the accreditation has been granted”. In accordance with the aforementioned, the time frame in case of realisation of reassessments was changed since this time frame require that reassessments shall be, as a rule, performed 6 months before the expiry of the accreditation validity period as specified in the changed Rules. Hence the plans of realisation of surveillance assessments and reassessments will be changed and accredited CABs will be informed thereof on time. The requirements related to the obligations of CABs and ATS were changed in line with the obligations arising from the signed agreements.

Rules for the Use of ATS Logo ATS-PA07 were drafted in order to define the policy, conditions and use of the ATS logo and marks of international organisations for accreditation and reference to ATS status as a signatory to the multilateral agreements promoting equivalence of the accreditation systems.

In order to improve the operation of the ATS assessment teams and harmonise the assessor interpretations when performing assessments, ATS started collecting data related to the performed assessments by means of the special form entitled Evaluation of Performed Assessments (ATS-PR09-O02) that is available on the ATS website.

In the previous period ATS also changed the following documents:

-ATS-UP05, Guides for the Formulation of Scopes of Accreditation for Inspection Bodies defining recommendations for the formulation of scopes of accreditation when inspection bodies have a justifiable reason to perform conformity assessment on the basis of reference documents that are no longer valid, and

- ATS-UP22, Guides for the Application of the Regulation on Inspection of Pressure Equipment Use Life Period When Accrediting CABs (“Official Gazette of the RS” No. 87/11) enabling the extension of the deadline for the fulfilment of requirements related to personnel competences.

Furthermore, activities related to the transitional period for the new edition of SRPS ISO/IEC 17020:2012 were defined.

All the said documents shall enter into force on the date of their adoption.

30th July 2013

Opinion of the Ministry of Finance and Economy about the application of the Regulation on Personal Protective Equipment

We hereby inform our accredited conformity assessment bodies (CABs) that the Ministry of Finance and Economy, MFE (currently Ministry of Economy) published the opinion about the application of the Regulation on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – operation of the CABs after 1st July 2013.

For more information, please visit http://www.tehnis.privreda.gov.rs/en.html.

2nd July 2013

Notice to inspection bodies in the field of measuring instruments

The Ministry of Finance and Economy, MFE (currently Ministry of Economy), as the ministry in charge of authorising companies and other legal entities to perform verification of measuring instruments informed the Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) by means of internal memo No. 011-00-145/2013-33 of 19th June 2013 about the following:

  • the measuring instruments not referred to in Article 2 of the Regulation on the Types of Measuring Instruments Requiring Mandatory Verification and on Time Intervals of Their Periodic Verification (Official Gazette of the RS No. 49/10) cannot be verified or inspected as per the valid metrological regulations (regulations on metrological conditions and metrological guides for inspection). These can be tested or calibrated in keeping with relevant reference documents providing the testing/calibration methods. The only exception will be weighing machines used for construction purposes;
     
  • only companies and other legal entities that are accredited to perform conformity assessment activities (inspection) shall be authorised to perform verification of measuring instruments solely in line with valid regulations governing metrological conditions/requirements and the mode of determining fulfilment of metrological conditions/requirements (regulations on metrological conditions and metrological guides for inspection), and not in line with other documents such as directives, internal procedures, standards, producer’s instructions, OIML R, etc.;
     
  • companies and other legal entities for which there are no valid metrological guides for inspection shall not be authorised to perform verification of measuring instruments;
     
  • only companies and/or other legal entities (conformity assessment bodies) accredited as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17020 and the scope of accreditation of which contains the reference to the measuring instruments mentioned in Article 2 of the Regulation on the Types of Measuring Instruments Requiring Mandatory Verification and on Time Intervals of Their Periodic Verification can be authorised to perform verification, whereas the reference documents used for inspection shall be only relevant metrological regulations (regulations on metrological conditions and metrological guides for inspection);
     
  • conformity assessment bodies accredited as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17020 in the field of measuring instruments do this only for the purpose of fulfilling one of the conditions enabling authorisation in the field of verification of measuring instruments and in line with the regulations, whereas they cannot perform inspection activities.

Following the aforementioned MFE internal memo ATS made the following decision for all inspection bodies in the field of measuring instruments:

  1. From 15th August 2013, ATS will, in case of all inspection bodies accredited for the inspection of the measuring instruments not referred to in Article 2 of the Regulation on the Types of Measuring Instruments Requiring Mandatory Verification and on Time Intervals of Their Periodic Verification (Official Gazette of the RS No. 49/10), reduce the scope of accreditation for the said measuring instruments or withdraw accreditation. In case of files to be decided on by 14th August 2013 ATS will reduce the scope of accreditation or withdraw accreditation during decision-making. Weighing machines used for construction purposes shall be an exception thereto since these shall continue to be visible in the scopes of accreditation.
     
  2. From 15th August 2013, ATS will, in case of all inspection bodies that, in addition to valid regulations governing metrological conditions/requirements and the mode of determining fulfilment of metrological conditions/requirements (regulations on metrological conditions and metrological guides for inspection), have in their scope of accreditation other reference documents (e.g. internal procedures, standards, producer’s instructions, OIML R, etc.), correct the scopes of accreditation by omitting non-metrological regulations.
     
  3. ATS set 1st October 2013 as the deadline by which accredited inspection bodies not having valid metrological guides for inspection in their scopes of accreditation, but other reference documents (e.g. directives, internal procedures, standards, producer’s instructions, OIML R, etc.) should update their inspection method to keep it in line with the valid metrological guide for inspection. Accredited inspection bodies shall, by that date, inform ATS about the update of the instruction method and submit information/documents related therewith. ATS will review the submitted information/documents and make a decision on the mode of verification of changes made (which may involve an assessment). In case of inspection bodies that fail to submit the information and documents by 1st October 2013 ATS will make a decision on accreditation withdrawal or reduction of the scope of accreditation. In case of accredited inspection bodies that will submit the information and documents within the said deadline ATS will make an appropriate decision no later than 1st December 2013 depending on the activities to be carried out.
     
  4. From 15th August 2013, ATS will, in case of all accredited inspection bodies having reference in their scopes of accreditation to measuring instruments for which there are no valid metrological guides for inspection, suspend the part of the scope mentioning the measuring instruments for which there are no valid metrological guides for inspection. In case of files to be decided on by 14th August 2013 ATS will make decisions on suspension during decision-making.
     
  5. ATS will, when making decisions on accreditation after initial assessments and assessments for the purpose of extending the scope of accreditation, take into consideration MFE internal memo No. 011-00-145/2013-33 of 19th June 2013.

25th April 2013

Information pertaining to the requirements to be met when measuring environmental noise levels

This information is intended for the assessors of the Accreditation Body of Serbia and laboratories performing noise measurement, and it resulted from the work of the ATS Task Force Group established to harmonise stands as regards the following requirements: monitoring of meteorological parameters when measuring noise, content of the noise test report and calibration frequency for calibrators used for noise measurement.

Monitoring of meteorological parameters when measuring noise:

Measurable meteorological parameters: temperature, barometric pressure, humidity and wind velocity are measured directly at the test location, whereas laboratories record on-site the presence of precipitation. Other meteorological parameters are as follows: wind direction and cloudiness are downloaded from the official website of the Hydrometeorological Service of Serbia (RHMZ). Parameters are measured by laboratories by using the equipment that was calibrated in line with the calibration programme that was put in place. This is necessary since meteorological parameters are essential for calculating the uncertainty of measurement of the measurement results.

Content of the noise test report:

Noise test report has to contain the elements provided under cl.5.10.2 of SRPS ISO/IEC 17025:2006 (Note: they are not contrary to the requirements of the Regulation on the Methods for Noise Measurement, Content and Scope of the Noise Test Report (“Official Gazette of the RS”, No. 72/2010), Article 3). Moreover, pursuant to the Regulation on Noise Measuring Methods, Content and Scope of the Noise Test Report (“Official Gazette of the RS”, No. 72/2010), a test report should also contain defined, i.e. measured meteorological parameters. The requested meteorological parameters are stipulated in standards used for environmental noise measuring - SRPS ISO 1996-1 (cl.8.2.1) and SRPS ISO 1996-2 (cl.12).

Calibration frequency for calibrators:

It is necessary to observe the recommendation made in SRPS ISO 1996-2 (cl. 5.2) as a document that served as a basis for noise measurement and that set the calibrator calibration frequency to be once a year. This once a year calibration frequency is not contrary to the requirements of the Regulation on the Conditions to Be Met by a Technical Organisation Performing Noise Measurement, and Documentation to Be Submitted together with an Application for Noise Measuring Authorisation (“Official Gazette of the RS”, No. 72/2010) that stipulates, in Article 3, that “the equipment has to be calibrated every two years by an accredited laboratory”.

9th April 2013

Information about the Regulation on Personal Protective Equipment

The Accreditation Body of Serbia hereby informs all accredited conformity assessment bodies that, pursuant to the published Regulation on Personal Protective Equipment (published in the Official Gazette of the RS Number 100 in 2011), certain regulations from this field governed by this Regulation shall be repealed with effect from the date of first application of this Regulation (1st July 2013). The Regulation prescribes that conformity certificates awarded on the basis of the repealed regulation shall remain valid until the expiry of the validity period, i.e. by 1st July 2013 at the latest as defined in the said regulation.

Having in mind the aforementioned, the Accreditation Body of Serbia will, from 1st July 2013, make decisions to reduce or withdraw accreditations to conformity assessment bodies that would list in their scopes of accreditation regulations that are no longer valid.

Competence of all CABs wishing to get accredited as per the Regulation on Personal Protective Equipment shall be determined during on-site assessments in case of initial assessments and reassessments or assessments for the purpose of extending the scope of accreditation.

The Accreditation Body of Serbia will, depending on the conformity assessment activities performed by CABs, grant accreditation to CABs in keeping with the requirements of the following standards:

  • For the conformity assessment activity defined by Article 11 of the Regulation (inspection of PPE type) – as per SRPS EN 45011 or SRPS ISO/IEC 17020;
  • For the conformity assessment activity defined by Article 12 of the Regulation (conformance with PPE type on the basis of internal production control and inspected testing of products at random intervals) – as per SRPS EN 45011 or SRPS ISO/IEC 17020;
  • For the conformity assessment activity defined by Article 13 of the Regulation (conformance with PPE type on the basis of the production process quality guarantee-production quality assurance) – as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17021.

Those CABs wishing to get accredited as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17020 should meet the requirements for “type A” inspection bodies in order to be designated in line with the Regulation.

Furthermore, laboratories can be awarded accreditation in accordance with SRPS ISO/IEC 17025 in case of testing of personal protective equipment for the needs of interested parties, whereas only designated CABs can issue the conformity certificates referred to in Articles 11-13 of the Regulation.

The list of regulations repealed in accordance with Article 24 of the Regulation on Personal Protective Equipment:

  1. Decree on Mandatory Attestation of Protective Helmets Used in Industry (“Official Journal of the SFRY” Nos. 4/82 and 43/82);
  2. Decree on Mandatory Attestation of Fire Protection Helmets (“Official Journal of the SFRY” No. 67/86);
  3. Decree on Mandatory Attestation of Respiratory Protective Equipment (“Official Journal of the SFRY” No. 49/87);
  4. Decree on Mandatory Attestation of Climbing hooks for Wooden Poles and Conditions to be Met by Organisations of Associated Labour Authorised to Attest These Products (“Official Journal of the SFRY” No. 67/89);
  5. Decree on Mandatory Attestation of Protective Belts and Conditions to be Met by Organisations of Associated Labour Authorised to Attest These Products (“Official Journal of the SFRY” No. 67/89);
  6. Regulation on Technical and Other Requirements for Fire Protection Helmets (“Official Gazette of the RS” No. 74/09);
  7. Regulation on Technical and Other Requirements for Personal Protective Equipment (“Official Gazette of the RS” No. 56/09), other than a provision in Article 2, point 10) of the regulation pertaining to helmets and visors for two or three wheel motor vehicle drivers.

6th December 2012

The new edition of ISO / IEC 17020:2012 - Conformity assessment - Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection was published on 1st March 2012.

Accordingly, the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) decided that a transitional period for the implementation of the new edition of ISO / IEC 17020 should be 3 years following its 2012 publication or until 1st March 2015.

The structure of ISO / IEC 17020:2012 is compliant with other standards of ISO / IEC 17000 series. The following parts of the IAF / ILAC A4 guideline and mandatory requirements of ISO / PAS document were incorporated in the new edition of the standard: requirements regarding the impartiality from IS /PAS 17001, confidentiality requirements of ISO/PAS 17002, requirements related to appeals and complaints from ISO/PAS 17003, and requirements for the Use of Management Systems from ISO/PAS 17005. Furthermore, this edition contains a number of definitions (e.g. inspection schemes, inspection systems, etc.) that will enable better understanding of the standard requirements.

ISO/IEC 17020:2012 includes amendments contained in the following requirements:
4.1.3 Identification of risks to inspection body’s impartiality;
4.1.4 Elimination or minimisation of risk to impartiality;
Annex A-notes: data clarification - exceptions that do not present a conflict that would affect the independence of inspection bodies;
4.2.1 The inspection body shall be responsible, through legally enforceable commitments, for the management of all information; informing the client in advance of the information it intends to place in the public domain;
5.1.4 Adequate provision (e.g., insurance or reserves);
5.2.5 The inspection body shall have available one or more person(s) as technical manager(s);
6.1.5 Documented procedures for selecting, training, formally authorizing and monitoring inspectors and other personnel involved in inspection activities;
6.1.6 A mentored working period with experienced inspectors;
6.1.8 Monitoring all inspectors and other personnel involved in inspection activities for satisfactory performance and results of monitoring shall be used as a means of identifying training needs;
7.1.1 Informing the client if the inspection method proposed by the client is considered to be inappropriate;
7.3.2 Internally traceable report or certificate to the inspector(s) who performed the inspection;
7.4.2 Mandatory elements of any inspection report/certificate; a statement of conformity where applicable;
7.5.2 A description of the handling process for complaints and appeals shall be available to any interested party;
7.6 The handling process for complaints and appeals (minimum elements and methods, requirements for reporting on the actions undertaken and ensuring that any appropriate action is taken);
8.1.1. Options A and B for establishment of a management system;
8.3.2. Document control procedures;
8.5.3 Outputs from the management review;
8.7.4 Corrective action procedures;
8.8. Preventive actions (requirements, elements of the procedure).

On 23rd May 2012 the Institute for Standardization of Serbia published SRPS ISO/IEC 17020:2012 Conformity assessment - Requirements for operation of various types of bodies performing inspection. ISO / IEC 17020:2002 shall be repealed with effect from the date of entry into force of SRPS ISO/IEC 17020:2012.

The Accreditation Body of Serbia has planned to take all actions (amend management system document, train assessors and those participating in the decision-making) in order to harmonise the accreditation procedure of inspection bodies with SRPS ISO/IEC 17020:2012.

ATS will start performing assessments as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17020:2012 from 01.03.2013 when it will stop receiving new applications for accreditation as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17020:2002. Those inspection bodies that started the assessment procedure as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17020:2002 will be given an opportunity to decide according to which edition of the standard they want to finalise the assessment procedure. ATS will not grant any new accreditations as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17020:2002 after 01.10.2013.

Assessment of accredited inspection bodies in terms of transition of/approximation to/compliance with the new editions of the standard will be carried out during regular surveillance assessments or reassessments, but no later than 01.09.2014. In this regard ATS will harmonise assessment activities with each accredited inspection body.

After 1st March 2015 all accreditations granted as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17020:2002 will no longer be valid. Accreditations granted to those inspection bodies, which failed to adapt to the new edition of the standard by the said deadline, will be suspended and/or withdrawn. The ATS procedures prescribe that the suspension period shall last up to 6 months maximum.

19th July 2012

Certificates issued by accredited bodies/notified bodies performing verification of measuring instruments

Notified bodies performing verification of measuring instruments (hereinafter referred to as: NB) shall issue the following documents on the verification of measuring instruments:

- report on inspection and verification of measuring instruments in accordance with the Regulation on the Verification of Measuring Instruments (Official Gazette of the RS, No. 1/12) and

- certificate on the verification of measuring instruments pursuant to Article 21, paragraph 1 of the Law on Metrology (Official Gazette of the RS, No. 30/10), Article 9, paragraph 1 of the Regulation on  the Verification of Measuring Instruments (Official Gazette of the RS, No.1/12) and Articles 1, 10, 12 and 14 of the Regulation on the Type, Design and Mode of Affixing State Seals Used When Verifying Measuring Instruments (Official Gazette of the RS, No. 57/11) prescribing the content and form of the certificate.

It is possible for NBs that had already been accredited for the inspection of measuring instruments, that shall be subject to verification in accordance with the Regulation on Types of Measuring Instruments Requiring Mandatory Verification and Time Intervals of Periodic Verification (Official Gazette of the RS, No. 49/10) to issue an inspection report in addition to the said documents on measuring instrument verification.

NB/accredited inspection body can, after it has performed certain activities, choose a combination of the documents to issue:
1) Measuring Instrument Inspection Report and Verification Report that shall contain all elements laid down in Article 10 of the Regulation on Measuring Instruments, Inspection Report that shall contain all necessary elements of EA IAF/ILAC-А4:2004, EA IAF/ILAC Guidance on the Application of ISO/IEC 17020:1998 and certificate on measuring instrument verification in line with the UOMOT form accompanying the Regulation on the Type, Design and Mode of Affixing State Seals Used When Verifying Measuring Instruments
or
2) Measuring Instrument Inspection Report and Verification Report that shall contain all elements laid down in Article 10 of the  Regulation on  the Verification of Measuring Instruments, and all other necessary elements to be found in the inspection report as defined in EA IAF/ILAC-А4:2004, EA IAF/ILAC Guidance on the Application of ISO/IEC 17020:1998 and measuring instrument verification certificate in accordance with the prescribed UOMOT form accompanying the Regulation on the Type, Design and Mode of Affixing State Seals Used When Verifying Measuring Instruments.
The aforementioned will be applicable if a measuring instrument meets the prescribed requirements.

If a measuring instrument fails to meet the prescribed requirements, NB/accredited inspection body shall issue a decision refusing the verification of the measuring instrument as laid down in Article 21, paragraphs 3 and 4 of the Law on Metrology.

25th May 2012

Guidelines for the application of the Regulation on the In-service Inspection of Pressure Vessels

We hereby inform the CABs that the Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) issued on 15th May 2012 the document to be used during the accreditation procedure entitled Guidelines for the application of the Regulation on the In-service Inspection of the Pressure Vessels (Official Gazette of the RS, No. 87/11).

This document provides necessary explanation for the application of the Regulation on the In-service Inspection of Pressure Vessels (Official Gazette of the RS, No. 87/11) to be used by the ATS during the CAB accreditation procedure in keeping with the requirements of this Regulation.

Assessments in keeping with the requirements of this Regulation will be performed during initial assessments/reassessments or extension to the scope of accreditation in case of all CABs that were accredited so far.