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Congratulations on June 9th the World Accreditation Day

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The Accreditation Body of Serbia congratulates all its associates, assessors and accredited conformity assessment bodies, friends and employees World Accreditation Day, which is celebrated every year on June 9th by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).

World Accreditation Day is celebrated with the aim of raising awarness of the importance and significance of accreditation, as well as promotiong the value of accreditation. This year’s WAD theme is ‘’Accreditation: Sustainability in Economic Growth and the Environment’’ and aims to highlight how accreditation and conformity assessment provide global solutions to issues of general importance, such as sustainability in economic growth and environment protection.

You can read detailed text: HERE►

Sincerely,

Your ATS

 

Invitation to submit a proposal of a candidate for a member of the Accreditation Council

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Accredited conformity assessment bodies
             -invitation via the ATS site -

Subject: Invitation to submit a proposal of a candidate for a member of the Accreditation Council

Pursuant to Article 12 of the Law on Accreditation (Official Gazette of the RS, No. 73/2010, 47/2021), the Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) establishes the Accreditation Council as an advisory body on issues in the field of accreditation. Prominent experts and scientists in the fields that are important for the performance of tasks within the competence of ATS are elected as members of the Council, as representatives of stakeholders.

The Accreditation Council performs the following tasks: gives opinion regarding the development of the accreditation system in the Republic of Serbia; gives opinions on accreditation rules; gives initiatives for extending the scope of ATS, i.e. establishing new accreditation schemes; gives an opinion on the application of the requirements of accreditation standards in certain fields; propose the establishment of permanent or temporary technical committees as expert bodies for certain fields of accreditation and identifies the parties that should participate in them; proposes members of technical and sectoral committees; adopts rules and criteria for the notification and work of technical committees; determines the responsibilities of technical committees; establishes criteria for assessors; gives opinions on the issue of protection of impartiality of ATS work; gives opinions on other professional issues, at the request of the Management Board. 

Detailed text read: HERE►

Sincerely,
Yours ATS

Notification on the amendments of the requirements for accreditation in the field of pressure equipment

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In accordance with the Rules of Accreditation, we inform all stakeholders and accredited conformity assessment bodies (CABs) that there has been an amendment in the accreditation requirements in the field of conformity assessment of pressure equipment. 

Pursuant to Article 5 of the Law on technical requirements for products and conformity assessment (‘’Official Gazette of the RS’’, No. 49/21), the minister of Mining and Energy passed the following:

  1. Rulebook on pressure equipment,
  2. Rulebook on simple pressure vessels,
  3. Rulebook on inspections of pressure equipment during the lifetime and
  4. Rulebook on the criteria regarding the number and professional qualifications of employees that shall be met by users and designated bodies in the field of pressure equipment. 

The Rulebooks were published in the Official Gazette of the RS No. 114 from November 30th, 2021.

The Rulebooks shall apply from 1st January, 2023, except for the Rulebook on simple pressure vessels, which shall apply from 1st July, 2023.

For more information click: HERE►

Sincerely,
Yours ATS

Celebration on the occasion of the Accreditation Day in the Republic of Serbia 2021

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On June 28, 2021, the Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) organized a celebration on the occasion of the Accreditation Day in the Republic of Serbia, when the first certificate of accreditation was issued 21 years ago.


This was also an opportunity to mark and celebrate WAD, which is globally celebrated on June 9, a date jointly established by ILAC (International Organization for Laboratory Accreditation) and IAF (International Accreditation Forum).

For more information, please vizit: HERE

Yours sincerely, ATS

World accreditation day #WAD2021

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International Accreditation Organizations– International Accreditation Forum (IAF)  and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC),  as every year on June 9, 2021, mark World Accreditation Day globally to better inform the public about the importance and value of accreditation.

This year’s theme of the World Accreditation Day for 2021 is: Supporting the Implementation of the SDGs.

For more information on sustainable development goals, joint statement (IAF presiding and ILAC presiding) and short promotional videos, please vizit: HERE

Sincerely, Your ATS

The new issue of the ATS Bulletin

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The new issue of the ATS Bulletin

Dear readers, despite the unfortunate coronavirus-induced situation disrupting us all, our lives, and business activities, we have been trying to keep up the good work. The latest, 24th edition of the ATS Bulletin is the proof of it. We wrote about various topics covering a wide array of quality infrastructure fields as you have already been accustomed to and we hope that we have not betrayed your trust.

This ATS Bulletin main topic is the publication of a new document entitled EA-2/20 G: 2020 Consultancy, and the Independence of Conformity Assessment Bodies defining the EA approach in assessing the independence of conformity assessment bodies concerning conformity assessment activities carried out by these CABs as notified bodies regarding consultancy and other activities outside the scope of accreditation.

Yours sincerely, ATS

The new issue of the ATS Bulletin no.23

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The new issue of the ATS Bulletin no.23

Dear readers, we proudly present to you the 23rd edition of the ATS Bulletin. The topic of this issue is the new edition of ILAC-P15: 05/2020 for the application of ISO/IEC 17020:2012 - Conformity assessment - Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection.

This document is used in the process of assessment of inspection bodies performed by accreditation bodies. Moreover, this document contains information pertaining to inspection bodies with respect to the application of the reference standard. The deadline for its application is November 2021. To familiarize the users with this document, we have presented the changes concerning its previous edition dated 2016 in detail and we have also highlighted the novelties.

The bulletin also refers to the adoption of new and amendments to the existing ATS documents, and EA and EA MLA Reports for 2019. Furthermore, the news from the world of accreditation, metrology, and standardization are contained in the new issue of the ATS Bulletin.

Should you have any comments or suggestions regarding the ATS Bulletin content, feel free to send us to our well-known e-mail address: office@ats.rs

Please find the electronic version of the ATS Bulletin no. 23 - September 2020 edition below

https://www.ats.rs/uploads/attachment/vest/799/ATS_Bilten_br23.pdf

Sincerely, your ATS

EA Report 2019

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EA Report 2019 published

On July 6, 2020, the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA) published on its website the EA Annual Report 2019.

A new Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) for the period from 2019-2022 was signed with the European Commission at the end of 2018 and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) at the beginning of 2019, aiming to enhance the cooperation with EA and its member states, encourage the EU policy and legislation development as well as transparent and fair trade in the European market.

In May 2019, a new EA MLA was launched for reference materials producers, and at the end of 2019, there were 8 national accreditation bodies assessed which confirmed they have met all the relevant requirements.

The first EA Report on the functioning of accreditation in Europe, as requested by the European Commission, was published in October 2019. The aim was to show how accreditation in Europe is accepted and used by European and national regulators as well as owners and users of private schemes, as a preferable tool to show the competence of conformity assessment bodies and how stable the accreditation system is.

The EA Report 2019 summarizes all the activities of its members, recognized stakeholders and the EA Secretariat during 2019. You can view it at the following link: https://european-accreditation.org/ea-report-2019-has-just-been-released/

Sincerely, your ATS

Celebrating the World Accreditation Day and the Accreditation Day in the Republic of Serbia

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Celebrating the World Accreditation Day and the Accreditation Day in the Republic of Serbia

World Accreditation Day (June 9) and Accreditation Day in the Republic of Serbia (June 28)

The Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) organized a celebration on June 9, on the occasion of marking the World Accreditation Day. The attention was also paid to the Accreditation Day in the Republic of Serbia, celebrated on June 28, when ATS issued the first accreditation certificate  20 years ago. The celebration was held on the premises of the Klub poslanika in Belgrade.

The topic of this year's World Accreditation Day, jointly established by ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation) and the IAF (International Accreditation Forum) to promote the value of accreditation, is: Accreditation - improves food safety. This topic focuses on how accreditation supports food safety by strengthening the trust of consumers, suppliers, customers, and other parties involved in the food chain. The celebration highlighted the importance of accreditation in the field of food safety. Furthermore, the attention was paid to accreditation providing competent and impartial inspection, certification, and testing services in all parts of local, national, and international food chains. Moreover, accreditation supports the United Nations' sustainable development goals, especially the one related to good health and well-being.

In these challenging times caused by the coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic the entire quality infrastructure system including accreditation, the healthcare system, and accredited laboratories promptly responded to the task thus making an undeniable contribution to the successful implementation of safety measures implemented by the government of our country. The celebration was held taking the circumstances into account and following the prescribed safety measures. As in previous years, it was dedicated to all accredited conformity assessment bodies, assessors and experts, the ATS employees, and other parties in the world of accreditation. Without their dedicated, competent, and responsible work, it would not be possible to fight coronavirus pandemics.

The representatives of public institutions and universities, members of the ATS bodies and organs, and its technical committees attended the ceremony.

Aleksandar Starcevic, Acting Assistant Minister of Economy, addressed the audience on behalf of the Sector for Product Quality and Safety of the Ministry of Economy. He spoke about the role of the Ministry of Economy that is the coordinator for technical regulations and the body responsible for creating the strategy and implementing the policy of development of standardization, accreditation, and metrology. Additionally, he highlighted the accreditation-related benefits not only for consumers and suppliers but also for the entire economy.

Zoran Djordjevic, Minister for Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, also addressed the audience, welcoming this gathering on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Serbia. He emphasized the importance of ATS cooperation with this and other ministries regarding adopting standards and laws in different areas in which accreditation also has a role to play aiming to improve life in general by setting the standards at the highest level.

The ATS Acting Director, prof. Aco Janicijevic, PhD spoke about the ATS activities in the past period, key points in the development of the accreditation system in the past 22 years of existence and functioning of ATS, accreditation schemes, international cooperation, and plans for the future. On this occasion, he pointed out there was an increase in the number of accredited bodies, which reached the figure of 707, whereas the number of leading and technical evaluators and technical experts also grew. He also proudly stated the EA Multilateral Agreement Council (EA MAC), decided on the transition of the ATS from ISO/IEC 17011: 2004 to the new edition of the ISO/IEC 17011:2017 on May 26, 2020. The decision was made by online voting based on the ATS Self-Assessment Report documentary assessment by the Team Leader. Consequently, ATS has confirmed the previously signed EA MLA agreement on mutual recognition of the equivalence of accreditation systems signed by EA members' accreditation bodies recognizing the equivalence and reliability of reports and certificates issued by conformity assessment bodies across Europe (EA region) accredited by the accreditation bodies of the signatories of the agreement. It was also announced that a peer evaluation would be performed by the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA) at the end of 2021.

As the topic of this year's World Accreditation Day was related to food safety, prof. Aco Janicijevic, PhD emphasized that ATS accredited testing laboratories according to SRPS ISO/IEC 17025 for a large number of methods of chemical, sensory, and microbiological testing. Areas of accreditation include testing of products for human use, including food (plant, animal origin), drinking water tasting, and accreditation in the field of certification of food safety management systems according to SRPS ISO 22000. The product certification schemes under which ATS accredits are the Law on Organic Production ("Official Gazette of RS" No. 30/10) and the Law on Geographical Indications ("Official Gazette of RS" No. 18/10).

Close attention was paid to the first accredited bodies that received the first accreditation certificate issued by ATS exactly 20 years ago. These are "Kvalitet ad Nis and North Control d.o.o. Subotica." Prof. Aco Janićijevic, PhD delivered the thank you note to Vladimir Vukasinovic, the CEO of "Kvalitet ad Nis and Slobodan Gajin, PhD,  the CEO of “North Control d.o.o. Subotica” on the occasion of celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first accreditation being granted - June 28, 2000, 22 years since ATS was founded and the World Accreditation Day - June 9.

For many years, the Accreditation Body of Serbia has been implementing the policy of promoting signed agreements with international organizations such as the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA), the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). The representatives of these organizations extended their congratulations to ATS on the occasion of celebrating the World Accreditation Day and the 20th anniversary of the first accreditation being granted. Eti Feller, General Manager of ISRAC (Israel Labaratory Accreditation Authority) and ILAC Chair, Xiao Jianhua Chief Executive of CNAS (China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment) and IAF Chair and  Ignacio Pina, EA Chair contributed to the ATS celebration by sending video links sharing their words of praise.

A short promotional film "World Accreditation day 2020. Accreditation: Improving food safety" made on the occasion of celebrating the World Accreditation Day 2020 was played with a subtitle in Serbian, which you can watch here.

Taking into account the slogan of this year's World Accreditation Day was Accreditation - improves food safety, the guests of the ceremony were addressed by the director of the Directorate for National Reference Laboratories, Nenad Dolovac, Ph.D. who spoke about experiences in food safety and the importance of accreditation.

The guests had the opportunity to enjoy the Balkan String Trio members guitar playing, which made this day even more beautiful. This unique trio consists of Zoran, Nikola and Zeljko Starcevic, whose trademark is six-handed playing on one guitar. Everyone was enthusiastic about the unique interpretation of the best Balkan guitarists mixing a synthesis of various Balkan elements: Serbian, Gypsy, Macedonian, Romanian, Moldavian, Hungarian, and others.

Natalija Jovicic Zaric, MSc, who was also the moderator of the event, wished everyone on behalf of ATS to stay safe until the next meeting.

Best wishes!
Your ATS

 

 

World Accreditation Day #WAD2020

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World Accreditation Day #WAD2020

The World Accreditation Day is celebrated on June 9, 2020, as a global initiative jointly established by International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), to promote the value of accreditation. This year’s topic focuses on how accreditation supports food safety by strengthening the trust of consumers, suppliers, customers, and other parties in the food chain.

A joint statement (#WAD2020) issued by the IAF and ILAC chairmen introduces the importance of accreditation in the food safety area emphasizing that accreditation provides competent and impartial inspection, certification, and testing services in all parts of local, national, and international food chains. By doing so, accreditation supports the goals of sustainable development of the United Nations, especially the one that has to do with good health and well-being.

The joint statement of the ILAC and IAF chairmen in the Serbian language can be downloaded HERE.

IAF and ILAC issued a brochure and poster highlighting positive examples of the role of accreditation in the food safety field worldwide.

You can download the brochure honoring the celebration #WAD2020 in the Serbian language HERE.

Further examples and research are available on the websites: publicsectorasurance.org and business-benefits.org.

You can watch a short promotional film "World Accreditation day 2020. Accreditation: Improving food safety", made for the occasion of celebrating the World Accreditation Day 2020 with the Serbian subtitles here:

This year, the Accreditation Body of Serbia celebrates the World Accreditation Day (June 9) and the Accreditation Day in the Republic of Serbia (June 28). This date is the ATS anniversary of issuing the first accreditation certificate 20 years ago. The celebration will be organized on the premises of the Klub poslanika in Belgrade, on June 9 at noon following the safety measures recommended by the Ministry of Health.

The Accreditation Day celebration will be dedicated to all accredited conformity assessment bodies, without whose devoted and competent, operation and responsible approach it would not be possible to fight against coronavirus. In these challenging times caused by the coronavirus pandemic the quality infrastructure system, accreditation, and conformity assessment bodies, as well as the healthcare system and accredited laboratories have responded to the task promptly and successfully, thus making an undeniable contribution to the efficient implementation of sanitary recommendations.

Sincerely, your ATS

The new edition of the ATS Bulletin no. 22

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The new edition of the ATS Bulletin no. 22

We are pleased to present the new edition of the ATS Bulletin no. 22 which we publish in these extraordinary circumstances. Therefore, the main topic of this issue is living with coronavirus in terms of the measures and activities undertaken by ATS in this period to carry out its work smoothly and be at the service of all conformity assessment bodies as well as other stakeholders. This edition also provides an overview of the basic measures taken by other accreditation bodies as well as proposals from international organizations regarding the work of conformity assessment bodies during the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to this topic, which is, unfortunately, unavoidable worldwide, the ATS Bulletin once again presents news from the world of metrology and standardization in a recognizable style.

Should you have any comments or suggestions regarding the content of the bulletin, do not hesitate to send us to our e-mail: office@ats.rs.

Sincerely, your ATS

You can download  the ATS Bulletin no. 22: here

The Annual Report of the Accreditation Body of Serbia for 2019

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We present the Annual Report of the Accreditation Body of Serbia for 2019

The Annual Report of the Accreditation Body of Serbia for 2019, adopted by the ATS MB provides information and data on the ATS activities in the past year, as well as the achieved results and goals for 2020.

The previous year was marked by the transition to the new edition of SRPS ISO/IEC 17011: 2018 defining the work of accreditation bodies, as well as the transition to the new edition of  SRPS ISO/IEC 17025:2017, which is to be continued this year, too. Also, in 2019, ATS maintained all signed agreements such as EA MLA, ILAC MRA, and IAF MLA and actively participated in regional and other international conferences. In addition, it took part in the work of all EA committees and their working groups.

As ATS fosters a sincere approach, any suggestions from you are welcome. In addition, we would like you to read our Annual Report with great care.

Your ATS

The Annual Report of the Accreditation Body of Serbia for 2019 can be downloaded: here

Eighteenth issue of the ATS e-bulletin

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