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A training was held according to the standard ISO 20387:2018 Biotechnology – Biobanking – General requirements for biobanking

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During the previous week, in the Palace of Serbia with the support of TAIEX, training was held for the accreditation according to the standard ISO 20387:2018, Biotechnology – Biobanking – General requirements for biobanking.

A training was carried out by the experts from Italy, Ms. Elena Bravo (UNI) and Laura Lo Guzzo (ACCREDIA).

Following world trends in the field of accreditation, ATS recognized the importance of introducing this scheme in its work system and enabled experts, assessors, and employees of ATS to acquire the necessary knowledge in this innovative field.

Biobanking plays a key role in the improvement of medicine and disease research, as well as in the preservation of valuable biological material from the entire spectrum of the living world, ecosystems, and biocenosis. The increasing need for reliable samples and compliance with strict ethical and legal norms requires the timely implementation of activities in the development of this important field.

You can view it in detail HERE

A revised document EA INF/01:2023 was published

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European co-operation for Accreditation (EA), published on its site the revised document EA-INF/01: 2023, List of EA publications and international documents, valid from 10th October, 2023.

This publication provides a list of EA documents used on a mandatory or informative basis, according to the classification given in EA-1/14 “Procedure for Development and Approval of EA Documents and the Adoption of ILAC/IAF Documents”. It also contains a list of international documents approved by the EA as applicable EA documents.

The publication can be downloaded HERE

ATS participation in the EA MAC meeting

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Representatives of ATS in the period from 4th to 5th October participated in the meetings of the EA Multilateral Agreement Council (EA MAC) which were held in Brussels, Belgium

60 participants from 41 National Accreditation Bodies (NABs) and the representative of the EA Advisory Board attended the EA MAC meeting.

The EA MAC Committee is responsible for the effective and impartial implementation and monitoring of the peer evaluation process. The competence of the Committee is, among other things, to make decisions regarding the status of signatories of EA multilateral agreements (EA MLA) in relation to the peer evaluation, as well as to report to the EA General Assembly on all decisions made. The chairperson of this Committee is Maria Papatzikou from the Hellenic Accreditation Body (ESYD).

The Committee for Multilateral Agreements also deals with adopting policies and operational procedures within the EA regarding peer evaluation and the management, selection, and training of future peer evaluators.

You can view it in detail HERE

Training for reference materials was held - ISO 17034:2016

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During the previous week, in the Palace of Serbia, with the help of TAIEX training was held for the accreditation of reference materials according to the standard ISO 17034:2016.

The training was held by colleagues from Greece: Dr. Ioannis Sitaras, director of the department for the accreditation laboratories in the Hellenic Accreditation System (ESYD), and Dr. Harris Alexopoulos, manager of the National Laboratory for Food Testing.

You can view it in detail HERE

Participation of ATS in EA Committees

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In the previous period, representatives of ATS participated in the work of committees of the European co-operation for accreditation (EA).

Active participation in the meetings of these committees is extremely important for raising the quality of work in the field of accreditation both in our country and in the region. This also enables the exchange of knowledge and experience with colleagues from other accreditation bodies as well as further improvement of the accreditation process in accordance with the latest standards and best practices in Europe.

You can view it in detail HERE

A revised document EA INF/05 was published

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European co-operation for Accreditation (EA), published on its site the revised document EA-INF/05: Directory of European legislations and EU schemes with provisions to accreditation and/or conformity assessment. 

This publication has been established to support National Accreditation Bodies by providing a comprehensive directory of EU legislations and schemes in relation to accreditation and conformity assessment according to Regulation (EC) No 765/2008.

The aim of Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 is to ensure that products benefiting from the free movement of goods within the Community fulfill requirements providing a high level of protection of public interest such as health and safety in general, health and safety at the workplace, protection of consumers, protection of the environment and security while ensuring that the free movement of products is not restricted to any extent greater than that which is allowed under Community harmonization legislation or any other relevant Community rules.

You can view it in details HERE

TRANSITION PLAN TO THE NEW EDITION OF THE STANDARD SRPS EN ISO 15189:2023

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After three years of work by the ISO CASCO Working Group 44, ISO released the third edition of ISO 15189:2022 on December 6th, 2022.

The ILAC Resolution GA 26.08, also adopted by the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA Resolution 2022 (52) 16), specifies that the transition period for implementing the new version of the standard is three years from the date of its publication.

The news regarding the publication of the new standard edition and information about the transition period were posted on the Accreditation Body of Serbia's website on December 21, 2022. This is the first of several pieces of information that will be communicated to laboratories.

On February 28th, 2023, the Institute for Standardization published information that the Serbian standard SRPS EN ISO 15189:2023 is now in effect. The first page of the standard has been translated, with the remainder in English. This new standard replaces SRPS EN ISO 15189:2014 and SRPS EN ISO 22870:2017 starting from February 28th, 2023.

You can view it in detail HERE

Re-engineering EA’s peer-evaluation system

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As amendments in the peer-evaluation system of EA turn challenges into a success story, an interview was based on that with Maria Papatzikou, Chair of the EA MLA Council, and Daniela Ionescu, Secretary of the EA MLA Council and manager of the peer-evaluation (PE) system.

Accreditation developing in many new areas, digitalization booming in more and more sectors of daily operations, cybersecurity issues, Artificial Intelligence (AI) -related discussions, intensive development of internet-based processes, etc. These are a few of the major changes that organizations are faced with. EA and its members, the National Accreditation Bodies (NABs), are no exception. More specifically, changes in accreditation standards, but also changes in the processes in the NABs prompted EA to revisit its practices regarding peer evaluations.

You can view it in detail HERE

New edition of ATS Bulletin

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Dear readers, we present to you the new, 28th electronic edition of the ATS Bulletin. The topic of this issue is the implementation of CAF (Common Assessment Framework) in the public sector. This total quality management model for self-assessment, developed by the public sector for its own needs, is used by managers and employees to recognize their capacities.

Following modern business trends and examples of good practice, ATS recognized the benefits of establishing a CAF for the promotion and improvement of its own work, using the advantages of strategic management and achieving the best possible results in its own scope of activities.

 In addition to this topic, in this issue, you can find out more about the activities of ATS in the period from the beginning of this year until today, among which are: ATS's participation in international meetings and the important role that ATS played this year, which is that it was hosted by the EA MAC Committee.

You can view it in detail HERE

 

The bulletin can be downloaded HERE

Training TAIEX Expert Mission on ISO/IEC 17029 and ISO/IEC 14065 was successfully held for ATS employees

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The Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) is pleased to announce the successful completion of the training "TAIEX Expert Mission on ISO/IEC 17029 and ISO/IEC 14065" , which was held from September 4 to 8, 2023, at the premises of the Ministry of Economy, Resavska 24 in Belgrade.

The training was attended by representatives of ATS, as well as technical experts in the field of greenhouse gases (GHG). Experts in front of TAIEX gave the training: Casper van Erp and Harmke Immink, who are widely recognized experts in the field of accreditation in the context of ISO/IEC 17029 and ISO/IEC 14065 standards.

You can view it in detail HERE

A revised document EA-INF/01: 2023 was published

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The European co-operation for accreditation (EA) published on its website the revised document EA-INF/01:2023, List of EA publications and international documents, valid from August 29, 2023.

This publication provides a list of EA documents used on a mandatory or informative basis, according to the classification given in EA-1/14 “Procedure for Development and Approval of EA Documents and the Adoption of ILAC/IAF Documents”.  It also contains a list of international documents approved by the EA as applicable EA documents.

You can download the publication HERE 

ISS published new technical specifications and new standard

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The Institute for Standardization of Serbia (ISS) has recently published two new technical specifications from the SRPS ISO/IEC TS 17021 series, Conformity Assessment - Requirements for bodies performing verification and certification of management systems – Part 11 and Part 13.

Both technical specifications are bilingual, in Serbian and English. Part 11 includes additional requirements for the competence of personnel participating in the verification and certification process of management systems for facilities management (FM). In contrast, part 13 relates to the requirements for the competence of personnel for verification and certification of compliance management systems (CMS). They supplement the existing requirements for competence, consistency, and impartiality of bodies that perform validation and certification of all types of management systems, from the SRPS ISO/IEC 17021-1 standard published in 2015.

You can view it in detail HERE

ATS INVITES YOU TO SUBMIT A CONCEPTUAL SOLUTION FOR THE ATS MARK (LOGO)

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In cooperation with the Associate of Fine Artists of Serbia (ULUS) on their official website, from August 24, 2023, a competition for the conceptual solution of the mark (logo) of ATS was opened.

The contest is open until September 25, 2023. All legal and natural persons have the right to participate in the competition by delivering their works to the address: ats.konkurs@ulus.rs.

Interested parties can get more detailed information about the conditions of the competition, the selection, and the award HERE.

ATS in a study visit to TURKAK to strengthen cooperation in the implementation of digital technology in the accreditation process

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The Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) conducted a successful study visit to the Turkish Accreditation Body (TURKAK), in Ankara, Turkey (07.08.2023), in order to achieve better cooperation between the two countries in the field of application of digital systems in the accreditation processes. This visit marked an essential step towards the improvement of accreditation and standardization in Serbia through the exchange of experiences and visions.

The Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) conducted a successful study visit to the Turkish Accreditation The meetings were attended by the Director of the Accreditation Body of Serbia, Dragan Pušara, M.Sc. and the Secretary General of TURKAK, Mrs. Banu Müderrisoğlu.

You can view it in detail: HERE

Notification to inspection bodies in the field of inspection of installations and devices for fire and explosion protection

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Notification on changes in the way of expressing the scope of accreditation in the field of inspection of installations and devices for fire and explosion protection (K-15) and changes in the application of accreditation requirements for the purpose of authorizing inspection bodies

Having in mind the observed problems in the application of the Rulebook on special conditions that shall be met by legal entities that receive authorization to perform the tasks of inspection of installations and devices for extinguishing fires and installations of special systems (‘’Official Gazette of the RS’’, No. 52/15 and 59/16) faced by the economy, and after several consultative meeting with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, a new way of expressing the scope of accreditation of inspection bodies in the field of inspection of installations and devices for fire and explosion protection for the purpose of authorization was determined and the requirements for accreditation of inspection bodies were changed for the purpose of authorization.

You can view the change in the way of expressing the scope of accreditation HERE

ILAC MRA 2022 Annual Report published

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ILAC and its accreditation body members invest significant effort and resources to maintain the integrity and consistency of the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA), also known as the ILAC Arrangement, through a peer evaluation process. This report sets out the detailed activities that regulators, specifiers, and businesses can have confidence in the Arrangement.

ILAC MRA Annual Report can be downloaded HERE

ILAC is the international authority on laboratory, inspection body, reference material producer, proficiency testing provider and biobank accreditation, with a membership consisting of accreditation bodies, regional cooperation bodies and stakeholder organizations throughout the world.

You can view it in detail HERE

New standard for circular economy

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The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) within the technical committee TC 323 – Circular Economy is developing six new international standards in the field of circular economy. Three standards are in the 40.60 development phase in July of this year, which ended the public discussion phase:

  • ISO/DIS 59004 – Terminology, Principles, and Guidance for Implementation
  • ISO/DIS 59010 – Guidance on the transition of business models and value networks and
  • ISO/DIS 59020 – Measuring and assessing circularity.

You can view it detail: HERE

A training was held - Train the trainer course on ISO 15189:2022

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European co-operation for accreditation (EA) organized a training related to the new version of the standard ISO 15189:2022 Medical laboratories — Requirements for quality and competence, which was held between 6-7 June 2023 (1st session) and 8-9 June 2023 (2nd session) in Paris, France. 

54 participants from 23 National Accreditation Bodies (NABs) participated in the training and there was a representative from ATS. The training intended to focus on the relevant changes of the new standard ISO 15189:2022 in relation to the previous version of the standard ISO 15189:2012

You can view it in detail HERE

Notification for accredited conformity assessment bodies authorized to certify measuring instruments

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Notification for accredited conformity assessment bodies authorized to certify standards included in the Rulebook on measuring instruments (‘’Official Gazette of the RS “, No. 3/18)

The provision of Article 26, paragraph 5 of the Rulebook on measuring instruments (‘’Official Gazette of the RS’’, No. 3/18) prescribes that certifies of approval of the type of measuring instruments issued before the date of entry into force of that Rulebook, and based on the regulations from Article 18 of the Rulebook on measuring instruments (‘’Official Gazette of the RS’’, No. 63/13 and 95/16) are valid until the expiration of the period from which they were issued, and at the latest until 01.01.2024.

Bearing in mind that in accordance with the provisions of the Law on Metrology (‘’Official Gazette of the RS’’, No. 15/16) and the provision of the Rulebook on the method and conditions of certification of measuring instruments (‘’Official Gazette of the RS’’, No. 7/18), the first verification of a measuring instrument is carried out in accordance with the certificate of type approval of the measuring instrument, starting from 02.01.2024, it will not be possible to carry out the first verification of a measuring instrument for which the validity period of the type approval certificate has expired, including situations when the request for the first verification has been submitted before 01.01.2024, to which we particularly point out so that the authorized bodies can coordinate their actions in a timely manner and adequately inform their users.

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Director of ATS appointed

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The Management Board (MB) of the Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS), at its 12th session held on 07.04.2023, passed a Decision proposing to the Government of the Republic of Serbia the appointment of Dragan Pušara as Director of ATS following the previously announced public competition for the selection and appointment of the Director of ATS, which was announced on 15.03.2023 by the Decision of the MB of ATS.

Based on the above, the following Decisions were published in the Official Gazette of the RS No. 55 on 07.07.2023, which have legal effect from that date:

  • Decision of the Government of the RS 24 No. 119-5808/2023 from 07.06.2023 on the dismissal of Dragan Pušara from the position of Acting Director of ATS and
  •  Decision of the Government of the RS 24 No. 119-5809/2023 from 07.06.2023 on the appointment of Dragan Pušara as director of ATS for a term of five years.

Updated issue of ATS documents

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The Accreditation Body of Serbia publishes the updated edition of the Application for accreditation form, ATS-PR11-O01, edition 8/1 and updated documents in the field of accreditation of certification bodies for the certification of organic products.

• the updated edition of the Application for accreditation form, ATS-PR11-O01, can be downloaded HERE;
• instructions for accreditation of certification bodies for product certification in the field of organic production, ATS-UP26, edition 4/0, can be downloaded HERE;
• you can download the checklist for evaluating certification bodies for product certification in the field of organic production (control organizations that perform inspection and certification tasks in organic production) according to SRPS EN ISO/IEC 17065:2016, ATS-UP26-O02, edition 2/0 HERE.

The application of these documents begins on the day of publication.

The CEN/CENELEC 2023 General Assembly was held

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This year's session of the General Assembly of the European Committee for Standardization, CEN and CENELEC was held from June 19th to 22nd, 2023 in Belgrade. This meeting was hosted for the first time by the Institute for Standardization of Serbia (ISS). 

During this period of the General Assembly session, numerous meetings were held: meetings of the administrative boards of these organizations, then joint and individual assemblies of CEN (59th) and CENELEC (65th), as well as several bilateral talks. More than 200 representatives of national standardization bodies from 34 countries around the world participated in the meetings, where further directions for the development of European standardization were decided.

You can view it in detail: HERE

Congratulations on June 28th - Accreditation Day in the Republic of Serbia

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The Accreditation Body of Serbia hereby congratulates June 28th - Accreditation Day in the Republic of Serbia, to all assessors and technical experts, members of ATS bodies and organs, representatives of ministries and professional associations, accredited conformity assessment bodies, as well as ATS employees.

On this day, exactly 23 years ago, the Accreditation Body of Serbia awarded the first accreditation, and the ATS Statute defined this date as Accreditation Day in the Republic of Serbia, which we celebrate with pride all these years.

Also, an important date, not only for us but for the whole world, is June 9th, when World Accreditation Day is celebrated across the planet, which we celebrated this year in the ceremonial hall of the National Bank of Serbia. On that occasion, the 25th anniversary of our institution was marked with the presence of the founders of accreditation in our country as well as the first people of the institution of quality infrastructure. You can read more about this celebration HERE.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been with us all these years for their cooperation, support and understanding so far, with the desire to cultivate such successful business cooperation in the future!

Sincerely,
Your ATS

Five new resolutions added to EA-INF/17

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European co-operation for accreditation (EA) at its website published the new issue of document EA-INF/17, Register of EA resolutions for use by EA, National Accreditation Bodies, and EA evaluators which shall come into effect from 14th June 2023.

This document contains a register of all relevant EA resolutions that have not been transferred to EA documents but are still valid for conformity assessment bodies, national accreditation bodies, and assessors.

According to the rules of this document, EA members are obliged to abide by the decisions of the General Assembly and the Multilateral Agreement Council (MAC). Most of the decisions taken by the General Assembly in the form of EA resolutions are implemented in the EA documents, but some of them are only mentioned in the resolutions.

The EA has added new resolutions to the document, EA-INF/17 so that it now contains all EA resolutions.

You can view it in detail: HERE