Accreditation

 

Accreditation establishes a trust in the market, thanks to the fact that using the services of competent and technically capable laboratories, inspection and certification bodies accreditation provides confidence in the performed tests, inspection and certification.

Proofing the conformity of products, processes and services with the regulationsand standards requirements, is one of the main prerequisites for achieving the competitiveness in domestic and international markets.

An increasing number of organizations in our country recognizes the importance of accreditation in achievement of high level of competitiveness in the market, in increase the quality and safety of products, facilitation of movement of goods and services between countries, and thus realization the benefits for their companies and increase of revenues. The benefits of accreditation are multiple, not only for final consumers, through the protection of their health, safety and environmental protection, but also for the entire economy, thus competitiveness rises to a completely new level. It can be said that the ultimate goal of accreditation is that trough the determination of competence of conformity assessment bodies, itenable final usersselection of quality products and services that will fully satisfy their needs.

Accreditation system in Serbia, besides the ATS, includes accredited conformity assessment bodies, as well as the Ministry of Economy (MoE) that is responsible for creating and implementing development strategies and policies of accreditation. Accreditation system is in compliance with Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the rules for the organization and implementation of the accreditation procedure of conformity assessment bodies.

With the Law on Accreditation ("Off. Gazette of RS", no. 73/10), which entered into force on 12 October 2010, the accreditation system in Serbia have been renewed. In addition to the establishment, activities, and funding, this system regulates the accreditation of conformity assessment bodies (which carry out testing, calibration, inspection and certification of products, management systems and persons).

The Law prescribes in detail the manner of supervision of conformity assessment bodies work during the accreditation, as well as the supervision of Accreditation Body of Serbia that is in competence of Ministry of Economy.

According the Law, accreditation is on voluntary basis, unless if the special law prescribes that accreditation is on obligatory basis.

By introducing of these innovations, the improvement of the system of accreditation has been provided, as well as a safety of consumers and all participants in the market, which is one of the main goals of accreditation and the entire system of quality infrastructure.

Significant advantage of the Law is the possibility of conclusion of agreements with the accreditation bodies from the other countries, international and European organizations for accreditation.

By enacting the Law on accreditation in 2001, the work of ATS has been significantly improved, that is positively assessed by the European organization for accreditation, and the final result of that is the conclusion of the EA Multilateral Agreement between ATS and European organization for accreditation(EA MLA) in Madrid, 23-24 of May 2012. By the signing of this agreement the main and important goal is fulfilled. Detailed testing of the competence of ATS were preceding the signing of this Agreement. 

Thanks to the persistent and long-standing efforts of ATS, as well as the support of Ministry of Economy, the ATS has been rated as a competent and reliable partner.

Details about the significance of the signing of the Agreement, of the Contracting States to this Agreement, please see link http://www.european-accreditation.org/content/mla/what.htm.