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Adoption of the EU Cybersecurity Certification Scheme on Common Criteria

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The European Commission has adopted the implementing regulation concerning the EU Cybersecurity Certification Scheme on Common Criteria (EUCC). It is the first approved scheme under Regulation (EU) 2019/881 (Cybersecurity Act).

This regulation specifies the roles, rules, obligations, and structure of the European Common Criteria-based cybersecurity certification scheme by the European cybersecurity certification framework outlined in the Cybersecurity Act.

The implementing regulation refers to documents known as State-of-the-Art (SoA). There will be – among other things – three SoA documents regarding:

  •  Accreditation of ITSEFs (Information Technology Security Evaluation Facility),
  •  Accreditation of Certification Bodies (CBs), and
  •  Authorisation of CBs and ITSEFs.

You can view it in detail HERE

 

A new type of accreditation for reference material producers in accordance with SRPS EN ISO 17034:2017

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The Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) is extending its scope of activity to include a new type of accreditation for reference material producers according to the standard SRPS EN ISO 17034:2017 - General requirements for the competence of reference material producers.

Following successfully conducted training facilitated with the support of the TAIEX project and expert colleagues from the Hellenic Accreditation System (ESYD) and the Greek National Food Testing Laboratory, ATS has dedicated itself to developing documentation for the needs of this new type of accreditation for reference material producers by the standard SRPS EN ISO 17034:2017.

The following documents can be downloaded HERE

New and updated existing documents have been prepared to enable the commencement of accreditation for reference material producers by SRPS EN ISO 17034:2017. We hope that reference material producers will opt to confirm their competence through the accreditation process, in the interest of the users of reference materials themselves, as well as the overall economy of the Republic of Serbia.

IAF and ILAC Launch Podcast Sub-Series on Food

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IAF and ILAC have released a new episode of their podcast, Accreditation Matters, which features discussions with international experts on important matters to the international quality infrastructure community and the way that accreditation supports industry, regulators, global trade, consumers, and the drive towards sustainability.

‘The Role of Accreditation in the Food Sector’ is the first episode of a mini-series that will examine the importance of accreditation and accredited conformity assessment in the food industry. The sub-series will highlight topics such as the role of accreditation in ensuring food safety, supporting sustainability, and confirming regulatory compliance. 

You can view it in detail HERE

Informative seminar was held for accredited medical laboratories

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During yesterday's day, representatives of ATS (the Accreditation Body of Serbia) conducted an online informative seminar dedicated to medical laboratories with a special focus on the most important changes introduced by the new edition of the standard SRPS EN ISO 15189:2023.

On this occasion, the representatives of medical laboratories accredited according to the standard SRPS EN ISO 15189:2014 and laboratories conducting examinations of human samples, accredited according to the standard SRPS ISO/IEC 17025:2017, were presented with the requirements of the new edition of the standard SRPS EN ISO 15189:2023.

You can view it in detail HERE

The training for transitioning to the new edition of the SRPS EN ISO 15189:2023 standard was held

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Yesterday at the premises of the Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS), the training focused on the requirements for quality and competence in medical laboratories.

The training was conducted by colleagues from ATS, including Ljiljana Markićević, Assistant Director for Development and Quality, and Jelena Stojanović, Head of the Laboratory Accreditation Department, who are lead assessors for medical laboratories. The new edition of the standard was introduced to lead and technical assessors, technical experts for medical laboratories, accreditation decision-makers, and ATS employees.

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 22nd January, 2024.

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

The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) released its bulletin

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The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) has released a bulletin this month, IAF Outlook, highlighting the outcomes of the 37th General Assembly of IAF held from November 13th to 15th, 2023, in Montreal, Canada.

The bulletin also covers the theme and goals of World Accreditation Day 2024, focusing on how accreditation can shape our future and support the transition to a green and digital economy.

This bulletin includes articles from IAF Regional Accreditation Groups and accreditation bodies, as well as contributions from stakeholders and partners of IAF.

You can view it in detail HERE

IAF and ILAC Launch WAD 2024 Poster Contest

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IAF and ILAC have launched a poster contest to develop the official poster for World Accreditation Day (WAD) 2024! All interested parties are welcome to explore our theme of Accreditation: Empowering Tomorrow and Shaping the Future, with a chance of winning the first-place prize of 1,500 USD or the second- or third-place prize of 500 USD.

This year’s WAD theme will highlight accreditation's role in shaping various aspects of life, from technology to transportation, sustainability to security, and inclusivity to innovation, as digitalization, new technologies, and growing sustainability concerns continue to change our world. 

IAF and ILAC will explore how accreditation enables the development of innovative technologies, and how it can facilitate the integration and adoption of these technologies, particularly in industries and supply chains where precision, safety and quality are critical. We will examine the important role of accreditation in promoting trust in digital technologies, including by supporting cybersecurity and privacy.

You can view it in detail HERE

EA MAC Newcomer Training for EA Evaluators

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EA conducted a training session in December 2023 for potential evaluators. 

The training took place in Paris, hosted by the EA Secretariat from December 12 to 14. Newcomer Training sessions serve as a crucial initiative to cultivate the necessary skills among potential evaluators.

Facilitated by accomplished trainers, including Maria Papatzikou, Chair of the Multilateral Agreement Council (ESYD, Greece), Sergio Guzzi, Laboratory Committee Chair (ACCREDIA, Italy), Nicole Meuree Vanlaethem, Team Leader (BELAC, Belgium), and Ankica Barisic, Manager of Peer Evaluations & Evaluators (EA Secretariat), the training aimed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of peer-evaluation processes, requirements, and their practical application. It also sought insights into the underlying processes supporting the EA peer evaluation system.

You can view it in HERE

Happy New Year and Christmas holidays!

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We congratulate all associates, partners, and friends on joint successes this year.

We thank you for your trust, support, and expertise in overcoming all challenges.

We are proud of the achieved results, shared joy, and team spirit with which we continue towards new achievements.

ATS employees wish you a happy New Year and Christmas holidays!

Certificates awarded to the accredited CABs

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In the pleasant atmosphere of the National Bank of Serbia auditorium, on December 21, 2023, we presented over 100 certificates to our accredited bodies that obtained/renewed accreditation from June to December of this year.

Representatives of the accredited bodies were greeted with commendations for their effort and work, confirming competence in their respective fields. Mr. Dragan Pusara, the Director of the Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS), welcomed all guests and provided a brief overview of the activities that marked this year, discussing the plans of our institution.

You can view it in detail HERE

ATS - signatory of the ILAC MRA for PT providers

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The International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) has announced on its website that the signatory status of the Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) under the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) agreement has been expanded to include the accreditation of proficiency testing providers (ISO/IEC 17043).

You can view the status of all ILAC MRA signatories HERE  

It is worth noting that ATS has also signed the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA) Multilateral Agreement (MLA) in this field, as we previously reported HERE

Notification to FSMS Certification Bodies about the Transition Plan

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Notification to FSMS Certification Bodies about the Transition Plan
SRPS ISO 22003-1– Food safety — Part 1: Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of food safety management systems

In 2022, the ISO 22003-1:2022 standard was published, titled "Food safety — Part 1: Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of food safety management systems." This standard is intended to be used in combination with ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 by organizations that perform verification and certification of Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS).

Certification of a Food Safety Management System (FSMS) for an organization is one of the ways to ensure that the organization implements a food safety management system in accordance with its policy and internationally accepted principles of food safety.

This document is adopted in accordance with ISO 22003-2, which is used in combination with ISO/IEC 17065. 

ISO 22003-1:2022 replaces the international technical specification ISO/TS 22003:2013, which is simultaneously withdrawn but remains valid until the end of the transition period.

 More information about the changes from ISO 22003-1:2022 compared to ISO/TS 22003:2013, as well as details on the actions to be taken for a proper transition, are provided in the mandatory document IAF MD27:2023, Transition Requirements for ISO 22003-1:2022, Edition 1, from August 30th, 2023 (https://iaf.nu/iaf_system/uploads/documents/IAF_MD_27_22003-1_Transition_30082023.pdf).

You can view it in detail HERE

ATCG has signed the EA MLA Agreement

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During the past week, the Accreditation Body of Montenegro (ATCG) organized a ceremony to mark the achievement of the signatory status of the Multilateral Agreement Council (EA MLA) at the Hilton Hotel in Podgorica. Representatives of ATS had the honor to attend this exceptional event alongside numerous dignitaries from the world of accreditation and quality infrastructure.

The EA MLA Agreement is an official recognition that the accreditation system in Montenegro is equivalent to the accreditation systems established in European Union member countries.

"This agreement is not just a formality. It represents a strong link between our accreditation bodies and all accreditation bodies signatories to this agreement, confirming our commitment to a common goal - improving the quality and safety of products and services. The implementation of standards may seem insignificant in our daily lives at first. Still, it has an impact on the safety of the facilities we live and work in, the healthcare we receive, the quality of the air we breathe, and the production of food, textiles, and electronic devices, in short, practically all products, processes, and services we receive," stated Mr. Dragan Pusara, the director of the Accreditation Body of Serbia, addressing all attendees on behalf of the directors of accreditation bodies in the region.

You can view it in detail HERE

ISO published a new issue of the standard for climate change management - ISO 14068-1:2023

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International Organization for Standardization (ISO), recently published a new issue of the standard ISO 14068-1:2023 Climate Change Management, transition to net zero, Part 1: Carbon neutrality.

This document specifies principles, requirements, and guidance for achieving and demonstrating carbon neutrality through quantifying, reducing, and offsetting the carbon footprint.

This document defines terms used about carbon neutrality and guides the actions necessary to achieve and demonstrate carbon neutrality. By common practice, it uses the word “carbon” to refer to all greenhouse gases (GHGs) in compound expressions such as “carbon neutrality”.

You can view it in detail HERE

Highlights of the 54th General Assembly

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The 54th European co-operation for Accreditation (EA) General Assembly (GA) on 22nd and 23rd November 2023 took place in Dublin, Ireland.

The General Assembly gathered around 84 participants from 41 National Accreditation Bodies (NABs), 8 Recognized Stakeholders, and the EA Advisory Board, there were also representatives of ATS who attended the adoption of numerous resolutions, C level meetings as well as the presentation of the new communication plan.

Here are some of the highlights from this assembly:

EA Communication Network

EA Members approved the terms of Reference for the EA Communications Network. The Communication Network will be a place for communications professionals to share experiences and good practices, learn new tools, and submit to peers any questions related to communications and marketing.
All EA Members and recognized Stakeholders are welcome to participate in the new Communication Network.

You can view it in detail HERE

General Assembly of ILAC and IAF was held

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This week, the ILAC and IAF General Assembly was held in Montreal, Canada. The event marked the 30th anniversary of the founding of IAF. It involved discussions about the merger of these two organizations into a single international entity that would cover all fields of accreditation. In addition to adopting numerous resolutions, representatives from EA, including ATS, deliberated on the organization's structure, the roles and positions of stakeholders, and the advantages and potential drawbacks of such a unified organization.

Final adjustments are still pending, and in 2024, the world will witness the establishment of a new accreditation organization named GLOBAC. 

For more information on the IAF anniversary, you can read it HERE.

Celebrating 30 Years of IAF

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Over the past three decades, IAF has worked diligently to facilitate trade, enable sustainable development, protect consumers and the environment, and support industry, government, and regulators. This year IAF celebrates its 30th anniversary, reflecting on the achievements, leadership, members, and committees that have shaped IAF into the organization it is today.

IAF was established with a mission: to support the harmonization of accreditation requirements, programs, and procedures worldwide; establish multilateral recognition arrangements (MLAs) among members to confirm the consistent application of those requirements; support emerging accreditation bodies; and promote its MLAs globally. These efforts led to a significant increase in the worldwide acceptance of accredited conformity assessment. Over the years, IAF has maintained these key objectives as it evolved, establishing new committees as required, expanding the MLA scopes and sub-scopes to additional public and private sector schemes, developing strong connections with partner and other international organizations and stakeholders, and launching IAF CertSearch.

You can view it in detail HERE

The development of a standardized catalog of accredited services has begun

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Yesterday, a contract was signed with domain and IT experts on the premises of ATS, marking the completion of all preparatory activities for the launch of the pilot project on the Standardization and Harmonization of the scope of accreditation at ATS, with the support of GIZ within the project "Support for Regional Economic Integration," with the assistance of the EU and the Government of Germany.

The work on the standardized terminology of the scope of accreditation is intended to provide a foundation for the digitalization of accreditation applications and the entire accreditation process. This represents one of the primary objectives of ATS in the upcoming period.

Considering the regional nature of the project, adopting a unified nomenclature at this broader level shall contribute to even better cooperation among accreditation bodies. In contrast, accredited bodies shall have better recognition at the regional level.

We thank GIZ for their support and wish all project participants happy and successful work.

ISO and Gender-Responsive Standards

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Standards are crucial in ensuring the quality, reliability, and compliance of products and services. They define the minimum requirements for quality and competence, ensuring consistency and reliability in the operations of accredited conformity assessment bodies. Standards also enable compliance with international practices and facilitate the exchange of products and services at a global level. As such, standards are essential for ensuring quality, integrity, and safety in various sectors, contributing to increased consumer and trade partner trust.

The Institute for Standardization of Serbia (ISS) signed the UNECE declaration on Gender-Responsive Standards on February 1, 2023, confirming its commitment to the development of standards, guidelines, and practices that align with the principles of gender equality.

You can view it in detail HERE

ATS was awarded plaque by the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

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During the official session of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Council at the University of Belgrade, on the occasion of Faculty's Day, ATS was honored with a plaque in recognition of its philanthropy, contribution to the development of the faculty, and successful collaboration. The director of ATS, MSc Dragan Pushara, had the honor and pleasure of receiving this significant award for the institution he leads.

The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering has always been attentive to the needs of the industry, which is its natural environment – educational, scientific, and business. Collaboration with the industry and other institutions remains one of the top priorities of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, as highlighted during this celebratory session. In honor of the Faculty's Day, plaques and acknowledgments were presented to individuals and companies who, through their philanthropy, trust, and cooperation on projects in the past year, contributed the most to the development and promotion of the faculty.

You can read more HERE

IAF Releases a New Brochure on the Role of Accreditation

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The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) has recently published a brochure on its website as part of promotional material, titled "Accreditation: A global tool to support Public Policy." 

This document provides a concise overview of the role of accreditation as a global tool to support public policy. It is intended for policymakers, regulators, and public sector officials to explain why and how these tools can be applied in their respective areas of operation.

Standards, accreditation, and conformity assessment are market tools that policymakers can use to achieve better regulations, environmental protection, public safety, fraud prevention, fair markets, and public trust.

Furthermore, this brochure answers the following questions: What is the connection between standards and accreditation? How can accreditation support public policy? What benefits does accreditation offer?

You can view the brochure HERE

Role of accreditation in the implementation of CSRD

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EU law requires all large companies and medium-sized companies (except listed micro-enterprises) to disclose what they see as the risks and opportunities arising from social and environmental issues and the impact of their activities on people and the environment.

The EU recognizes that companies' transparency and reporting on environmental, social, human rights, and similar issues are key to sustainable development.

This helps investors, civil society organizations, consumers, and other stakeholders to evaluate the sustainability performance of companies, as part of the European Green Deal. 

The European Green Deal is the EU’s sustainable development strategy for the 21st century. The central issue addressed by this strategy is the environment and climate change – how to develop the EU economy without accelerating climate change. The European Commission defines this strategy as ‘’a new growth strategy with the aim of transforming the EU into a fair and wealthy society, with a modern and competitive economy that uses resources efficiently, with net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and economic growth which is separated from resources exploitation”.

The Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) entered into force on the 5th of January 2023. This new EU legislation aims to accentuate the growing awareness of environmental, social, and governance factors (ESG factors). One means is moving the publication of information related to firms’ social and environmental responsibility from virtually voluntary to mandatory.

The auditing and reporting processes have been specified in the CSRD and now include the possibility of recognizing accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) as independent assurance services providers.

You can view it in detail HERE