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Information of Special Importance to Certification Bodies Providing Certification of Products

30th August 2017

Information for certification bodies for certification of products certifying equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres

The new Rulebook on equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres ("Official Gazette of RS", No. 10/17-hereinafter referred to as: ATEX Rulebook), based on Law on Technical Requirements for Products and Conformity Assessment ("Official Gazette of RS", No. 36/09), transposed into legal system of the Republic of Serbia the Directive 2014/34/ЕU  of European Parliament and Council as of 26th February 2014governing conforming legislation of member states regarding equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. ATEX Rulebook prescribes requirements for products intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres, as well as conformity assessment procedures provided by the manufacturer or importer before placing products into market and/or into use in the Republic of Serbia. A new List of Serbian standards in the field of equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres was published in "Official Gazette of RS", No. 72/17 on 26th July 2017.

Pursuant to the aforementioned, as of 31st August 2017 the Accreditation body of Serbia will no longer accept applications for accreditation for conformity assessment activities according to Rulebook on equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres ("Official Gazette of RS", No. 1/13).

Applications for accreditation for conformity assessment activities according to Rulebook on equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres ("Official Gazette of RS", No. 10/17) as of 31st August 2017 can be submitted in the procedures of initial assessment, surveillance assessment, reassessment or assessment for the purpose of extending the accreditation scope.

As of 1st November 2017, The Accreditation Body of Serbia will reduce the scope of accreditation to all conformity assessment bodies which are accredited for conformity assessment according to Rulebook on equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres ("Official Gazette of RS", No. 1/13). The Accreditation Body of Serbia will withdraw accreditation to all conformity assessment bodies which are accredited for conformity assessment only according to the said Rulebook.

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.

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.

6th October 2016

SRPS EN ISO/IEC 17065:2016 Conformity assessment for bodies certifying products, processes and services

We hereby inform all interested parties that the Institute for Standardization of Serbia published SRPS EN ISO/IEC 17065:2016 (identical to EN ISO/IEC 17065:2012) which shall replace SPRS ISO/IEC 17065:2013. The first edition of the standard has undergone amendments due to need for correction of translation of certain parts of the text, as well as to keep listing in the text in alphabetic order.

Pursuant to the amendments, it is necessary for all certification bodies providing certification of products to analyse the amendments and make necessary changes (if there has been discrepancy in interpretation of the request or reference to a certain point of the standard). The Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) will perform verification or adaptation during regular surveillance assessments or initial assessment or reaccreditation reassessments.

After 1st October 2016 ATS shall not accept applications for accreditation of certification bodies certifying products according to SRPS ISO/IEC 17065:2013.

Prior to 1st October 2017 all accredited certification bodies certifying products must be conformed to the standard SRPS EN ISO/IEC 17065:2016. 

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.

12th December 2013

SRPS ISO/IEC 17065:2013 - Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services

Following the 18th April 2013 information relating to transitional periods for the application of the new edition of SRPS ISO/IEC 17065:2013 Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services, we hereby inform you that about the following:

- after 15.12.2013 ATS shall no longer accept applications as per SRPS EN 45011:2004;

- ATS will, on 01.03.2014, commence performing assessments as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17065:2013 Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services;

- Assessments of accredited certification bodies (CBs) operating certification of products in the light of transition/approximation to or harmonisation with the new edition of the standard will be carried out during regular surveillance assessments or reassessments, but no later than 15.03.2015. With that end in view ATS will harmonise its assessment activities with each accredited CB;

- Prior to each assessment for the purpose of transition/approximation to or harmonisation with the new edition of the standard ATS will ask CBs to submit “gap” analysis/implementation plan so that CBs can show the mode in which they implemented the new 2013 standard requirements and a cross-reference table showing how the SRPS ISO/IEC 17065:2013 requirements were incorporated into the CB documented management system. This documentation will be used by the ATS assessment teams when performing assessments;

- After 15.09.2015 all accreditations granted as per SRPS EN 45011:2004 shall no longer be valid. Accreditations granted to accredited CBs operating certification of products that fail to adapt to the new edition of the standard by the defined deadline shall be withdrawn.

7th August 2013

Information about the Regulation on Cement Quality

The Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) hereby informs all accredited conformity assessment bodies that, pursuant to the published Regulation on Cement Quality (published in the Official Gazette of the RS Number 34 in 2013), the Decree on Mandatory Cement Testing (the Official Journal of the SFRY, Nos. 34/85 and 67/86) shall be repealed with effect from the date of entry into force of this Regulation (20th April 2013).

The Regulation prescribes that cement that was designed and produced and conformity of which was assessed in keeping with the requirements of the repealed Decree can, following six months from the date of entry into force of this Regulation at the latest, be placed on the market.

Having in mind the aforementioned, ATS will, from 20th October 2013, make decisions to reduce or withdraw accreditations to conformity assessment bodies that would list in their scopes of accreditation the said Decree on Mandatory Cement Testing that is no longer valid.

Competence of all CABs wishing to get accredited as per the Regulation on Cement Quality 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.

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.

18th 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 made changes to ATS-UP15, Guides for the Formulation of Scopes of Accreditation for CBs Providing Certification of Products to define the mode of formulation of scopes as per the following valid Regulations: Regulation on Electrical Equipment Designed for Use within Certain Voltage Limits (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia”, No. 13/2010) and Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulation (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia”, No. 13/2010) after the input of the ATS Working Group that comprised all interested parties.

ATS is also drafting the document entitled ATS-UP26, Guides for the Assessment of Certification Bodies in the field of Organic Production that will be harmonised with the national legislation of the Republic of Serbia and with EA-3/12 M:2013, EA Policy for the Accreditation of Organic Production Certification. The ATS Working Group was delegated the task to draft these Guides and the said WG comprised all interested parties.

Furthermore, activities related to the transitional period for the new edition of ISO/IEC 17065:2013 were defined.

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

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.

8th April 2013

ISO/IEC 17065:2012 - Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services
 
New edition of ISO/IEC 17065:2012 - Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services was published on 15th September 2012.
 
Hence the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) made a decision that a transitional period for the application of the new edition of ISO/IEC 17065, ISO/IEC 17065:2012, should be 3 years from the date of issue which means that all conformity assessment bodies accredited as per ISO/IEC Guide 65 or EN 45011 should, by 15.09.2015, harmonise their activities with ISO/IEC 17065:2012.
 
When compared with ISO/IEC Guide 65:1996 or EN 45011 the following important changes were made:

  • Restructuring of the standard based on a common structure adopted by ISO/CASCO;
  • Modifications based on the following standards ISO/PAS 17001, ISO/PAS 17002, ISO/PAS 17003, ISO/PAS 17004 and ISO/PAS 17005;
  • Inclusion of a functional approach from ISO/IEC 17000 in the clause 7 process requirements;
  • Information about the application of the standard in case of processes and services to be incorporated in Annex B;
  • Revision of terms and definitions, clause 3;
  • Upgrade of the impartiality requirements (mechanism);
  • Consolidation of the management system requirements, clause 8;
  • Inclusion of the principles for CBs operating certification of products and their activities in Annex A;
  • Upgrade taking IAF GD 5 into account;
  • Inclusion of the reference to certification schemes for which further information is provided in ISO/IEC 17067.

On 20th March 2013 the Institute for Standardization of Serbia published SRPS ISO/IEC 17065:2013 Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services. This edition of the standard repeals and replaces SRPS ISO/IEC UPUTSTVO 65:1999 (SRPS EN 45011:2004).
 
ATS planned all activities and carried out all of them (change in the management system documents, training of assessors and persons participating in decision-making) in order to harmonise the accreditation of certification bodies operating certification of products as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17065:2013.
 
ATS will commence performing assessments as per the new edition of the standard by 15th December 2013 at the latest. Exact date of assessments as per the new edition of the standard and detailed information about transition to the new edition of the standard will be published at a later stage by ATS.
 
In the meantime, CABs wishing to harmonise their mode of operation with the requirements of the new edition of the standard are recommended to identify changes to be made so that they could adapt to the new edition of the standard, and to produce an implementation plan for the transition to the new edition of the standard.
 
Assessments of accredited CBs operating certification of products in terms of transition/approximation/harmonisation with the new edition of the standard will be carried out during regular surveillance assessments.
 
After 15.09.2015 accreditations granted as per SRPS EN 45011:2004 shall no longer be valid.