Information of Special Importance

We hereby inform all accredited conformity assessment bodies, and other ATS website visitors that we have created a special section on the website entitled Information of special importance in order to enable more efficient communication. Here you can find information about new and revised editions of the ATS documents concerning accreditation procedure, and other current interpretations, and guides for different fields of accreditation.

 

Information of Special Importance to Testing Laboratories

13th September 2017

Information for testing laboratories, calibration laboratories and other interested parties  

The Accreditation Body of Serbia (АТS) granted its first accreditations in 2000 to testing laboratories according to the then valid reference document for accreditation of laboratories, SRPS ISO/IEC Guide 25. Later in 2001 ATS started accrediting laboratories against SRPS ISO/IEC 17025 and has so far accredited over 400 laboratories.  

For 11 years reference document for accreditation of laboratories has been SRPS ISO/IEC 17025, whose last revision in the Institute for Standardization of Serbia was published in 2006.  Vast experience has been attained in application and assessment of observance of requirements of the said standard both in accredited laboratories and in ATS.   

Due to the changes in the environment where laboratories do business, International Organization for Standardization started activities on revision of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 in 2015 and currently voting on definitive text of the draft of the said international standard is in progress at it is carried out simultaneously in ISO and CEN. The voting will be carried out from 14th August 2017 to 9th October 2017. Publishing the standard globally is planned for November/December 2017. There are significant changes of the structure and content of the standard in comparison to the currently valid version of the standard.

Committee for standards and related documents КS CАSCO, Conformity assessment and quality management of ISS, participants of which are ATS representatives, has already started translating the standard FDIS ISO/IEC 17025, in order to provide the beneficiaries with the translation of the standard the immediately upon publishing on the international level. 

More detailed information on the condition of revision of the standard ISO/IEC 17025 can be found on the webpage of ISS http://www.iss.rs/rs/news/news_279.html.

ATS invites all accredited laboratories to monitor the state of revision of ISO / IEC 17025 standard and, in accordance with their needs, begin preparations for the harmonization of their work with the requirements of the new edition of the standard.

ATS will, immediately after adoption of appropriate resolution for transition to accreditation of laboratories according to new edition of ISO/IEC 17025 by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), publish new information to all accredited laboratories on transition period and mode of transition to accreditation by ATS according to the future version of ISO/IEC 17025.

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.

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.

14th January 2015

Information for testing laboratories performing periodic measurements of stationary source emissions

Pursuant to the decision of the EA General Assembly (EA GA) requiring that accreditation bodies signatories to the EA MLA should use, in the course of accreditation of testing laboratories performing periodic measurements of stationary source emissions, CEN/TS 15675 Air Quality - Measurement of stationary source emissions in addition to ISO/IEC 17025.

With that end in view the Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) published in February 2012 (version 1 dated 18.07.2014 being the valid one) the document entitled ATS-UP20, Guidelines for the Application of SRPS CEN/TS 15675 When Granting Accreditation to Testing Laboratories.

Application of SRPS CEN/TS 15675 in case of laboratories performing periodic measurements of stationary source emissions is prescribed by the Serbian legislation. Article 7 of the Regulation on the Conditions for Issuance of a License to Perform Measurement of Air Quality and License to Perform Measurements of Stationary Source Emissions (“Official Gazette of the RS“, No. 01/12) prescribes that a license to perform measurements of stationary source emissions shall be issued even if conditions as regards technical competence are fulfilled as per the requirements of SRPS ISO/IEC 17025 and SRPS CEN/TS 15675. Hence the respective ministry (Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection) informed, by means of letter number 353-01-1012/2014-19 dated 11.09.2014, authorised bodies in this field about “a plan requiring that the assessment of legal entities currently authorised to perform measurements of stationary source emissions as per SRPS CEN/TS 15675 shall be finalised by the end of 2015, and that those legal entities that fail to fulfil the SRPS CEN/TS 15675 requirements after the expiry of the said period shall no longer be authorised by the Ministry to perform measurements of stationary source emissions”.

Having in mind the aforementioned, ATS will carry out the following:

• All testing laboratories accredited as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17025 that have waste gas option specified in their scopes of accreditation or that perform periodic measurements of stationary source emissions shall be assessed by the end of 2015 so that it could be determined whether they also fulfil the requirements of SRPS CEN/TS 15675.

• From 01.01.2015 ATS shall perform all assessments of testing laboratories performing periodic measurements of stationary source emissions by applying both SRPS ISO/IEC 17025 and SRPS CEN/TS 15675.

• The only exception shall pertain to testing laboratories that are being reaccredited and the accreditation certificate of which is valid until 31.03.2015, whereas they shall be assessed by the end of 2015 so that it could be determined whether they also fulfil the requirements of SRPS CEN/TS 15675.

• On 31.12.2015, ATS shall perform the following in case of all testing laboratories accredited to perform periodic measurements of stationary source emissions but not assessed so that it could be determined whether they also fulfil the requirements of SRPS CEN/TS 15675:
        - reduce the scope of accreditation or
        - withdraw accreditation (in case of those accredited testing laboratories performing only this type of testing).

14th May 2014

CAB-related information about the Regulation on Portable Pressure Equipment

The Accreditation Body of Serbia hereby informs all accredited conformity assessment bodies and those seeking accreditation that, pursuant to published Regulation on Portable Pressure Equipment (published in the Official Gazette of the RS No. 30/2014 of 14.03.2014), the Regulation on Technical Norms for Portable Closed Vessels for Compressed, Liquid and Dilute Gases (“Official Journal of the SFRY“, Nos. 25/80 and 9/86, “Official Journal of the SRY“, Nos. 21/94, 56/95 and 1/03, and “Official Gazette of the RS“, No. 8/12) and Ordinance on Mandatory Atestation of Steel Propane-Butane Bottles with Valves (“Official Journal of the SFRY“, No. 44/87) shall be repealed with effect from the date of entry of this Regulation (1st June 2014). The Regulation prescribes (Article 16) that certificates of conformity issued on the basis of repealed regulations shall remain valid until the next periodic inspection, intermediate inspections or exceptional checks, but no later than 1st June 2019.

Having in mind the aforementioned, and after consulting with the Directorate for Dangerous Goods Transport, the Accreditation Body shall, from 1st June 2014, mark in the scopes of accreditation the said regulations as “repealed” in case of those CABs wishing to get accredited as per the new Regulation. Scopes of accreditation containing repealed regulations will remain valid until the finalisation of the accreditation procedure as per the new Regulation, but no later than 31.05.2015 when ATS will make decisions on reduction of the scope of accreditation or withdrawal of accreditation for those CABs that will still have in their scopes of accreditation reference to repealed regulations. In case of CABs that will still have reference to repealed regulations in their scopes of accreditation, but that do not wish to get accredited as per the new Regulation, ATS will, from 1st June 2014, make decisions on reduction of the scope of accreditation or withdrawal of accreditation.

Having in mind that the Regulation (Article 10) prescribes that accreditation as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17020 is one of the conditions to designate bodies, competence of all CABs wishing to get accredited for conformity assessment procedures as per the Regulation on Portable Pressure Equipment will be determined during initial assessments, reassessments and assessments for the purpose of extension of the scope of accreditation. When formulating scopes of accreditation CABs shall (under “reference documents” column) list, for each conformity assessment (CA) procedure (type of inspection), regulations, ADR/RID/ADN points describing CA procedures and specific standard(s) referring to ADR/RID/AND.

CABs wishing to get accredited as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17020 should meet the criteria for type A inspection bodies in order to become designated in keeping with the Regulation. The Directorate for Dangerous Goods Transport posted on its website (www.utot.gov.rs) an announcement for companies wishing to become designated for conformity assessment in case of portable pressure equipment and for interested parties wishing to apply in order to become designated.

Moreover, laboratories can be granted accreditation, as per the requirements of SRPS ISO/IEC 17025, to perform testing of portable pressure equipment, but it has to be mentioned that these laboratories cannot be designated by the Directorate for Dangerous Goods Transport given that such accreditation can confuse the market.

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.

1st June 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.

The 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 issued a larger number of the following guides governing specific fields of testing: ATS-UP27, Guides for the Accreditation of Microbiology Laboratories, and ATS-UP29, Guides for the Application of ISO/IEC 17025 when performing assessments of and granting accreditation to laboratories performing sensory testing, and ATS-UP32, Internal Control of Basic Metrological Parameters in Non-automatic Weighing Instruments between Two Calibrations providing description of the inspection procedure in case of basic metrological parameters affecting the measuring accuracy of non-automatic weighing instruments. The said documents are intended for both CABs and ATS assessors.

The document entitled ATS-UP28 Laboratory Accreditation Guide for Flexible Scopes specify the requirements for laboratories wishing to get accredited for flexible scopes of accreditation and procedures applied by ATS when granting accreditation to such laboratories. The said document is in compliance with EA 2/15 M. Flexibility means that laboratories can change the scope of accreditation they were granted accreditation for with no previous ATS assessments performed.

ATS grants accreditation to laboratories performing sampling and therefore the new Guide ATS-UP25 Accreditation of Sampling Activities stipulates the principles of assessment and accreditation of sampling activities performed by ATS.

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

25th April 2013

Information pertaining to the requirements to be met when measuring environmental noise levels

This information is intended for the assessors of the Accreditation Body of Serbia and laboratories performing noise measurement, and it resulted from the work of the ATS Task Force Group established to harmonise stands as regards the following requirements: monitoring of meteorological parameters when measuring noise, content of the noise test report and calibration frequency for calibrators used for noise measurement.

Monitoring of meteorological parameters when measuring noise:

Measurable meteorological parameters: temperature, barometric pressure, humidity and wind velocity are measured directly at the test location, whereas laboratories record on-site the presence of precipitation. Other meteorological parameters are as follows: wind direction and cloudiness are downloaded from the official website of the Hydrometeorological Service of Serbia (RHMZ). Parameters are measured by laboratories by using the equipment that was calibrated in line with the calibration programme that was put in place. This is necessary since meteorological parameters are essential for calculating the uncertainty of measurement of the measurement results.

Content of the noise test report:

Noise test report has to contain the elements provided under cl.5.10.2 of SRPS ISO/IEC 17025:2006 (Note: they are not contrary to the requirements of the Regulation on the Methods for Noise Measurement, Content and Scope of the Noise Test Report (“Official Gazette of the RS”, No. 72/2010), Article 3). Moreover, pursuant to the Regulation on Noise Measuring Methods, Content and Scope of the Noise Test Report (“Official Gazette of the RS”, No. 72/2010), a test report should also contain defined, i.e. measured meteorological parameters. The requested meteorological parameters are stipulated in standards used for environmental noise measuring - SRPS ISO 1996-1 (cl.8.2.1) and SRPS ISO 1996-2 (cl.12).

Calibration frequency for calibrators:

It is necessary to observe the recommendation made in SRPS ISO 1996-2 (cl. 5.2) as a document that served as a basis for noise measurement and that set the calibrator calibration frequency to be once a year. This once a year calibration frequency is not contrary to the requirements of the Regulation on the Conditions to Be Met by a Technical Organisation Performing Noise Measurement, and Documentation to Be Submitted together with an Application for Noise Measuring Authorisation (“Official Gazette of the RS”, No. 72/2010) that stipulates, in Article 3, that “the equipment has to be calibrated every two years by an accredited laboratory”.

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

Information about the content of the assessment report/calibration certificate when a laboratory has to state compliance with specifications

(based on ILAC-G8:03/2009, Guidelines on the Reporting of Compliance with Specification)

The information is intended for assessors of the Accreditation Body of Serbia and laboratories that need to provide statements of compliance with specifications in their test reports/calibration certificates.

The following references from ILAC-G8:03/2009, Guidelines on the Reporting of Compliance with Specification enable/explain coherent application of specific requirements of SRPS ISO/IEC 17025:

- For testing laboratories, ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (clause 5.10.3.1 b) requires that “the test report shall, where necessary for the interpretation of the test results include…, where relevant, a statement of compliance/non-compliance with requirements and/or specification”.;

- For calibration laboratories, ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (clause 5.10.4.2) requires that “if a statement of compliance with a specification is made, this shall identify which clauses of the specification are met or not met”. It is permissible to omit the measurement result and its uncertainty from the report as long as they are retained for possible future reference.

Statements of compliance with requirements and/or specifications shall not be considered opinions or interpretations in terms of SRPS ISO/IEC 17025. Therefore, when a laboratory reports such compliance in its test reports/calibration certificates, it has to be properly defined (e.g. statement of compliance with specification, conclusion, etc, but not “opinion”, “interpretation” or “opinion and interpretation”).

When laboratories provide statements of compliance with requirements and/or specifications in their test reports/calibration certificates, these test reports/calibration certificates shall, among other things, contain the following:

  • Test/calibration results with expanded uncertainty;
  • Coverage probability for expanded uncertainty;
  • A statement of compliance should not be reported in a way where it could be confused with inspection or product certification and it can only pertain to a test/calibration item, and
  • Source of specification.

When a specification describes an interval with an upper and lower limit, a statement of compliance or non-compliance should only be made where the ratio of the expanded uncertainty interval to the specified interval is reasonably small and fit for purpose (meaning that the laboratory should be able to meet the needs of the customer).

Measurement results can be stated without measurement uncertainty only when a specification or legal requirements require so (e.g. when it is stated that measurement uncertainty has been accounted for when setting the limits).

Stating compliance with specification for a single quantity

When a measurement result, including extended uncertainty, is compared with the specification interval (upper and lower specification limit) 4 cases can be defined (Figure 1):

  • Case 1: measurement result with expanded uncertainty is below the upper specification limit or above the lower specification limit;
  • Case 2: measurement result is below the upper specification limit or above the lower specification limit, but the interval of expanded uncertainty is outside the specification limit;
  • Case 3: measurement result is above the upper specification limit or below the lower specification limit, but the interval of expanded uncertainty includes part of the specification interval;
  • Case 4: measurement result with expanded uncertainty is above the upper specification limit or below the lower specification limit.

Figure 1. Compliance with specification for upper and lower limits

In case 1 compliance with the specification can be stated as “Compliance” or “Compliance – The measurement result is within (or below) the specification limit when the measurement uncertainty is taken into account with a 95% coverage probability for extended uncertainty”.
In case 4 noncompliance with the specification can be stated as  “Non-compliance – The measurement result is outside (above upper or below lower) the specification limit when the measurement uncertainty is taken into account with a 95% coverage probability”.
 
In cases 2 and 3 it is not possible to state compliance or non-compliance. In Case 2 it is possible to indicate “It is not possible to state compliance using a 95 % coverage probability for the expanded uncertainty although the measurement result is below the upper limit”. Only in case of a clear need for the statement of compliance/noncompliance (e.g. legal requirement), case 2 can be reported as follows “Compliance – compliance cannot be confirmed with a 95 % coverage probability for expanded uncertainty which means that the measurement result can be outside (above upper or below lower) the specification limit”, while in case 3 this can be reported as “Noncompliance – noncompliance cannot be confirmed with a 95 % coverage probability for expanded uncertainty which means that the measurement result can be inside (below upper or above lower) the specification limit”.
 
In case of a measurement result that is equal to the specification limit the procedure will follow that of case 3. If a laboratory is using a coverage probability other than a 95% coverage probability, then a statement of compliance/noncompliance with specification has to be harmonised given the used coverage probability.

Stating compliance with specification involving multiple quantities
 
If the evaluation of compliance with specification comprises more quantities, each measurement value should be evaluated independently. The result of each evaluation should be reported.
 
An overall evaluation of compliance with requirements or specification may be formulated in one of the following ways, or by combining them:

  • “All measured values comply with the specification limit(s)” or “The item/sample complies with the requirements”. This covers situations where all measurements comply with specification (Case 1 of Fig.1);
  • “For some of the measured values it is not possible to make a statement of compliance with specification”. This covers situations where some of the measurements demonstrate neither compliance nor non-compliance with specification (Case 2 and 3 of Fig.1).
  • “Some of the measured values do not comply with specifications” or “The item/sample does not comply with the requirements”. This covers situations where one or more measurements are in non-compliance with specifications (Case 4 of Fig.1).  

1st October 2012

EURACHEM is pleased to announce the publication of the Third Edition of the Eurachem/CITAC Guide "Quantifying Uncertainty in Analytical Measurement". The new version is closely consistent with the Second edition, and adds information based on developments in uncertainty estimation and use since 2000. The additional material provides:
-    Expression of uncertainty near zero;
-    Monte Carlo methods for uncertainty evaluation;
-    Improved guidance on the use of proficiency testing data:
-    Improved guidance on the assessment of compliance of results with measurement uncertainty.
The revised guide can be downloaded from EURACHEM website at www.eurachem.org.

10th July 2012

A Working Group of the Accreditation Body of Serbia was established in order to take a stand as regards the description of the measuring ranges in the field of testing of building materials and the following conclusions were made:
 - in case when a standard testing method is used to define a measuring range that a laboratory can meet, the measuring range shall not be presented in the scope of accreditation;
- in case when a standard testing method is used to define a measuring range that a laboratory cannot meet in its entirety, the measuring range shall be described in accordance with the laboratory capabilities;
- in case of physical quantities that are the result of a direct measuring the measuring range shall be described (for example: mass, force (press range that is adequate for that testing), length, temperature (e.g. in case of asphalt, pressure).

25th March 2012

When granting accreditation to testing laboratories performing periodic measurements of stationary source emissions the Accreditation Body of Serbia also assesses fulfillment of the requirements of SRPS CEN/TS 15675. With that end in view the Accreditation Body of Serbia published the document entitled ATS-UP20 Guidelines for the Application of SRPS CEN/TS 15675 When Assessing Testing Laboratories that contains the description of the ATS policy related to the application of this technical specification.

18th July 2011

On 14th July 2011, the Accreditation Body of Serbia accepted the proposal made by the Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Working Group that pertained to the description of the scope of accreditation in this field.

The annex contains the examples of how to describe the scope of accreditation that will become an integral part of the document entitled ATS-UP03, Guidelines for Describing the Accreditation Scopes of Testing Laboratories.

All accredited testing laboratories in this field need to harmonise their scopes in line with the adopted mode of description thereof by 01.01.2012 at the latest. When submitting documentation needed for the implementation of surveillance assessments, laboratories shall submit a proposal to update the scope that will be in line with the decisions that were adopted. When making decisions on accreditation ATS will update the scopes of accreditation that had already been granted.

Information of Special Importance to Calibration Laboratories

13th September 2017

Information for testing laboratories, calibration laboratories and other interested parties  

The Accreditation Body of Serbia (АТS) granted its first accreditations in 2000 to testing laboratories according to the then valid reference document for accreditation of laboratories, SRPS ISO/IEC Guide 25. Later in 2001 ATS started accrediting laboratories against SRPS ISO/IEC 17025 and has so far accredited over 400 laboratories.  

For 11 years reference document for accreditation of laboratories has been SRPS ISO/IEC 17025, whose last revision in the Institute for Standardization of Serbia was published in 2006.  Vast experience has been attained in application and assessment of observance of requirements of the said standard both in accredited laboratories and in ATS.   

Due to the changes in the environment where laboratories do business, International Organization for Standardization started activities on revision of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 in 2015 and currently voting on definitive text of the draft of the said international standard is in progress at it is carried out simultaneously in ISO and CEN. The voting will be carried out from 14th August 2017 to 9th October 2017. Publishing the standard globally is planned for November/December 2017. There are significant changes of the structure and content of the standard in comparison to the currently valid version of the standard.

Committee for standards and related documents КS CАSCO, Conformity assessment and quality management of ISS, participants of which are ATS representatives, has already started translating the standard FDIS ISO/IEC 17025, in order to provide the beneficiaries with the translation of the standard the immediately upon publishing on the international level. 

More detailed information on the condition of revision of the standard ISO/IEC 17025 can be found on the webpage of ISS http://www.iss.rs/rs/news/news_279.html.

ATS invites all accredited laboratories to monitor the state of revision of ISO / IEC 17025 standard and, in accordance with their needs, begin preparations for the harmonization of their work with the requirements of the new edition of the standard.

ATS will, immediately after adoption of appropriate resolution for transition to accreditation of laboratories according to new edition of ISO/IEC 17025 by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), publish new information to all accredited laboratories on transition period and mode of transition to accreditation by ATS according to the future version of ISO/IEC 17025.

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.

3rd March 2014

The International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) published calibration and measurement capabilities (CMCs) of the Directorate of Measures and Precious Metals (DMDM) for the field of acoustics, ultrasound and vibrations (AUV), subfield: sound in air.

On 27th February 2014 BIPM recognised the CMCs for 12 DMDM calibration services pertaining to calibration of laboratory standard microphones (LS1P and LS2P) by using primary reciprocity calibration method.

CMC List of DMDM is available on the BIPM website: (http://kcdb.bipm.org/AppendixC/country_list_search.asp?page=1&pge=1&Coun...).

1st June 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.

The 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 issued a larger number of the following guides governing specific fields of testing: ATS-UP27, Guides for the Accreditation of Microbiology Laboratories, and ATS-UP29, Guides for the Application of ISO/IEC 17025 when performing assessments of and granting accreditation to laboratories performing sensory testing, and ATS-UP32, Internal Control of Basic Metrological Parameters in Non-automatic Weighing Instruments between Two Calibrations providing description of the inspection procedure in case of basic metrological parameters affecting the measuring accuracy of non-automatic weighing instruments. The said documents are intended for both CABs and ATS assessors.

The document entitled ATS-UP28 Laboratory Accreditation Guide for Flexible Scopes specify the requirements for laboratories wishing to get accredited for flexible scopes of accreditation and procedures applied by ATS when granting accreditation to such laboratories. The said document is in compliance with EA 2/15 M. Flexibility means that laboratories can change the scope of accreditation they were granted accreditation for with no previous ATS assessments performed.

ATS grants accreditation to laboratories performing sampling and therefore the new Guide ATS-UP25 Accreditation of Sampling Activities stipulates the principles of assessment and accreditation of sampling activities performed by ATS.

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

8th April 2013

Information about the content of the assessment report/calibration certificate when a laboratory has to state compliance with specifications

(based on ILAC-G8:03/2009, Guidelines on the Reporting of Compliance with Specification)

The information is intended for assessors of the Accreditation Body of Serbia and laboratories that need to provide statements of compliance with specifications in their test reports/calibration certificates.

The following references from ILAC-G8:03/2009, Guidelines on the Reporting of Compliance with Specification enable/explain coherent application of specific requirements of SRPS ISO/IEC 17025:

- For testing laboratories, ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (clause 5.10.3.1 b) requires that “the test report shall, where necessary for the interpretation of the test results include…, where relevant, a statement of compliance/non-compliance with requirements and/or specification”.;

- For calibration laboratories, ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (clause 5.10.4.2) requires that “if a statement of compliance with a specification is made, this shall identify which clauses of the specification are met or not met”. It is permissible to omit the measurement result and its uncertainty from the report as long as they are retained for possible future reference.

Statements of compliance with requirements and/or specifications shall not be considered opinions or interpretations in terms of SRPS ISO/IEC 17025. Therefore, when a laboratory reports such compliance in its test reports/calibration certificates, it has to be properly defined (e.g. statement of compliance with specification, conclusion, etc, but not “opinion”, “interpretation” or “opinion and interpretation”).

When laboratories provide statements of compliance with requirements and/or specifications in their test reports/calibration certificates, these test reports/calibration certificates shall, among other things, contain the following:

  • Test/calibration results with expanded uncertainty;
  • Coverage probability for expanded uncertainty;
  • A statement of compliance should not be reported in a way where it could be confused with inspection or product certification and it can only pertain to a test/calibration item, and
  • Source of specification.

When a specification describes an interval with an upper and lower limit, a statement of compliance or non-compliance should only be made where the ratio of the expanded uncertainty interval to the specified interval is reasonably small and fit for purpose (meaning that the laboratory should be able to meet the needs of the customer).

Measurement results can be stated without measurement uncertainty only when a specification or legal requirements require so (e.g. when it is stated that measurement uncertainty has been accounted for when setting the limits).

Stating compliance with specification for a single quantity

When a measurement result, including extended uncertainty, is compared with the specification interval (upper and lower specification limit) 4 cases can be defined (Figure 1):

  • Case 1: measurement result with expanded uncertainty is below the upper specification limit or above the lower specification limit;
  • Case 2: measurement result is below the upper specification limit or above the lower specification limit, but the interval of expanded uncertainty is outside the specification limit;
  • Case 3: measurement result is above the upper specification limit or below the lower specification limit, but the interval of expanded uncertainty includes part of the specification interval;
  • Case 4: measurement result with expanded uncertainty is above the upper specification limit or below the lower specification limit.

Figure 1. Compliance with specification for upper and lower limits

In case 1 compliance with the specification can be stated as “Compliance” or “Compliance – The measurement result is within (or below) the specification limit when the measurement uncertainty is taken into account with a 95% coverage probability for extended uncertainty”.
In case 4 noncompliance with the specification can be stated as  “Non-compliance – The measurement result is outside (above upper or below lower) the specification limit when the measurement uncertainty is taken into account with a 95% coverage probability”.
 
In cases 2 and 3 it is not possible to state compliance or non-compliance. In Case 2 it is possible to indicate “It is not possible to state compliance using a 95 % coverage probability for the expanded uncertainty although the measurement result is below the upper limit”. Only in case of a clear need for the statement of compliance/noncompliance (e.g. legal requirement), case 2 can be reported as follows “Compliance – compliance cannot be confirmed with a 95 % coverage probability for expanded uncertainty which means that the measurement result can be outside (above upper or below lower) the specification limit”, while in case 3 this can be reported as “Noncompliance – noncompliance cannot be confirmed with a 95 % coverage probability for expanded uncertainty which means that the measurement result can be inside (below upper or above lower) the specification limit”.
 
In case of a measurement result that is equal to the specification limit the procedure will follow that of case 3. If a laboratory is using a coverage probability other than a 95% coverage probability, then a statement of compliance/noncompliance with specification has to be harmonised given the used coverage probability.

Stating compliance with specification involving multiple quantities
 
If the evaluation of compliance with specification comprises more quantities, each measurement value should be evaluated independently. The result of each evaluation should be reported.
 
An overall evaluation of compliance with requirements or specification may be formulated in one of the following ways, or by combining them:

  • “All measured values comply with the specification limit(s)” or “The item/sample complies with the requirements”. This covers situations where all measurements comply with specification (Case 1 of Fig.1);
  • “For some of the measured values it is not possible to make a statement of compliance with specification”. This covers situations where some of the measurements demonstrate neither compliance nor non-compliance with specification (Case 2 and 3 of Fig.1).
  • “Some of the measured values do not comply with specifications” or “The item/sample does not comply with the requirements”. This covers situations where one or more measurements are in non-compliance with specifications (Case 4 of Fig.1).  

19th October 2012

Accepting DMDM measuring capabilities in volume calibration

We hereby inform the users that the measurement capabilities (CMC) of the Volume and Flow Group of the Directorate for Measures and Precious Metals in the field of calibration of measuring instruments of unit volume of liquids are accepted and posted on the BIPM website, a total of 13 services of measurement range of up to 5,000 L (see Annex).

Confirmation of measuring capabilities in the field of calibration enabled the traceability of standards of the Republic of Serbia to the international level, and hence the opportunity for accredited laboratories to ensure traceability of calibration results as documented in the ATS Rules.

Published measuring capabilities for other areas of calibration of the Directorate for Measures and Precious metals can be found in the database of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) http://kcdb.bipm.org/AppendixC

7th June 2012

At the regional conference on accreditation that was held in Aranđelovac, Serbia, on 11th and 12th May 2012 and organised by the Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) as part of the EU regional IPA 2011 Project entitled “Quality Infrastructure in the Western Balkans and Turkey” it was decided that ATS should compose a uniform list of accredited calibration laboratories from the region that would then be uploaded onto the websites of the regional ABs.

31st May 2012

Any extension of the measuring range in case of calibration laboratories is considered as extension of the scope of accreditation and in accordance therewith the Accreditation Body of Serbia will undertake appropriate activities. A laboratory shall submit an application for the extension of the scope of accreditation that will be accompanied by all the necessary information.

When reviewing the application for the extension of the scope the Accreditation Body of Serbia will, depending on the scope to be extended, carry out an on-site assessment and the necessary witnessing or it will only perform a documentary review thereof. If the change in the measuring range significantly affects the calibration and measurement capability (СМС), the assessment will be carried out together with a mandatory on-site witnessing.

Accredited calibration laboratories are recommended to carry out such extensions as part of regular surveillance assessments.

 

Information of Special Importance to Medical Laboratories

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.

22nd July 2014

The Accreditation Body of Serbia produced the document entitled “Table of Correspondence between SRPS ISO 15189:2008 and SRPS EN ISO 15189:2014” to present the requirements of SRPS EN ISO 15189:2014 (EN ISO 15189:2012) Medical laboratories - Requirements for quality and competence that were not presented or were only partially presented in the previous version of SRPS ISO 15189:2008  (ISO 15189:2007).

This document is intended for medical laboratories that were granted accreditation as per SRPS ISO 15189:2008 to achieve easier harmonisation with the new version of SRPS EN ISO 15189:2014.

The document will be posted under Guides/Medical Laboratories.

Moreover, the document entitled ATS-UP 11, Requirements to Be Met by Medical Laboratories Accredited to SRPS ISO/ IEC 17025:2006 in order to Get Accredited to SRPS ISO 15189:2008 was withdrawn.

31st March 2014

On 28th February 2014 the Institute for Standardization of Serbia published SRPS ISO/IEC EN ISO 15189:2014, Medical laboratories - Requirements for quality and competence. This edition of the standard repeals and replaces SRPS ISO 15189:2008.

Hence the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) made a decision that a transitional period for the application of the new edition of EN ISO 15189, should be over by 1st March 2016, whereas accreditations granted as per the previous edition of the standard should no longer be valid.

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 procedure for medical laboratories as per SRPS EN ISO 15189:2014.

ATS will commence performing assessments as per SRPS EN ISO 15189:2014 on 1st September 2014, whereas ATS shall not accept new applications for accreditation as per SRPS ISO 15189:2008 from this date onwards. Laboratories which have already started the assessment procedure as per SRPS ISO 15189:2008 will be given a possibility to choose the edition of the standard to be used for the finalisation of the assessment procedure.

Transitional period for accredited medical laboratories (accredited as per SRPS ISO 15189:2008):

  • assessments of accredited medical laboratories in terms of transition/approximation/harmonisation with the new edition of the standard will be carried out during regular surveillance assessments or reassessments;
  • all medical laboratories accredited as per SRPS ISO 15189:2008 must prepare the SRPS ISO 15189:2014 transition plan that will define the activities to be implemented and changes in time period needed for the implementation thereof. The plan has to be sent to ATS for the purpose of efficient planning of regular surveillance assessments or assessments for the purpose of reaccreditation. With that end in view ATS will harmonise its assessment activities with each accredited medical laboratory;
  • a 1st August 2015 deadline is set for these assessments to be carried out when ATS will no longer carry out assessments as per SRPS ISO 15189:2008.

After 1st March 2016 all accreditations granted as per SRPS ISO/IEC 15189:2008 will no longer be valid. Accreditations granted to those medical laboratories, which failed to adapt to the new edition of the standard by the said deadline, will be suspended and/or withdrawn. The ATS procedures prescribe that the suspension period shall last up to 6 months maximum.

14th August 2013

New edition of ISO 15189

New edition of ISO 15189, ISO 15189:2012 Medical laboratories - Requirements for quality and competence, was published at the end of 2012.

Hence the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) made a decision that a transitional period for the application of the new edition of ISO 15189 should be over by 1st March 2016.

This edition of the standard (third one) repeals and replaces the second edition (ISO 15189:2007) the technical review of which was carried out. Furthermore, this edition provides a basis for continuous approximation to the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025. The relationship between these two editions is presented in Annex B, ISO 15189:2012.

Management system requirements in Chapter 4, ISO 15189:2012, were explained in the language that is of importance to the operation of medical laboratories and that fulfils the principles of ISO 9001:2008, Quality management systems – Requirements, and that are in keeping with relevant requirements of this standard. The relationship between the clauses and sub-clauses of this edition of ISO 15189 and those of ISO 9001:2008 and ISO/IEC 17025:2005 is presented in Annex A of this international standard.

It is important to emphasise that this edition of ISO 15189 provides general explanation of environmental protection issues related to the activities of medical laboratories.

By the end of 2013 the Institute for Standardization of Serbia (ISS) will publish the Serbian (SRPS) version of ISO 15189, whereas this edition of the standard will repeal and replace SRPS ISO 15189:2008.

The Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) will plan all activities and carry 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 procedure of medical laboratories to mirror the new edition of the standard, whereas ATS will consider the date of issuance of the Serbian version of the standard.

Assessments of accredited medical laboratories in terms of transition/approximation to/harmonisation with the new edition of the standard will be carried out during regular surveillance assessments or reassessments. Hence ATS will harmonise its assessment activities in case of all accredited medical laboratories.

After 1st March 2016 accreditations granted as per SRPS ISO/IEC 15189:2008 shall no longer be valid.

1st June 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 issued a larger number of the following guides governing specific fields of testing: ATS-UP27, Guides for the Accreditation of Microbiology Laboratories, and ATS-UP29, Guides for the Application of ISO/IEC 17025 when performing assessments of and granting accreditation to laboratories performing sensory testing, and ATS-UP32, Internal Control of Basic Metrological Parameters in Non-automatic Weighing Instruments between Two Calibrations providing description of the inspection procedure in case of basic metrological parameters affecting the measuring accuracy of non-automatic weighing instruments. The said documents are intended for both CABs and ATS assessors.

The document entitled ATS-UP28 Laboratory Accreditation Guide for Flexible Scopes specify the requirements for laboratories wishing to get accredited for flexible scopes of accreditation and procedures applied by ATS when granting accreditation to such laboratories. The said document is in compliance with EA 2/15 M. Flexibility means that laboratories can change the scope of accreditation they were granted accreditation for with no previous ATS assessments performed.

ATS grants accreditation to laboratories performing sampling and therefore the new Guide ATS-UP25 Accreditation of Sampling Activities stipulates the principles of assessment and accreditation of sampling activities performed by ATS.

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

March 2009

The Accreditation Body of Serbia produced the document entitled ATS-UP 11, Requirements to Be Met by Medical Laboratories Accredited to SRPS ISO/ IEC 17025:2006 in order to Get Accredited to SRPS ISO 15189:2008. The said document is intended for medical laboratories accredited as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17025:2006 and for those medical laboratories seeking accreditation as per SRPS ISO 15189:2008.

Information of Special Importance to Inspection Bodies

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.

27th March 2017

Information for IBs accredited for inspection of installations and appliances for extinguishing fire and installations of special systems

Information for inspection bodies and other interested parties for accreditation of conformity assessment bodies in accordance with the Rulebook on special requirements which must be met by legal entities which are authorised for performance of inspection of installations and appliances for extinguishing fire and installations of special systems („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia“ No. 52/15 and 59/16).

The Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) received, upon its request, the interpretation of the said Rulebook (Act of the Ministry of Interior No 01-91/17-2, dated 17th March 2017).

Starting from the said interpretation of the Rulebook on special requirements which must be met by legal entities which are authorised for performance of inspection of installations and appliances for extinguishing fire and installations of special systems („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia“ No 52/15 and 59/16), Rules of Accreditation ATS-PA01, Guideline for the formulation of scopes of accreditation of inspection bodies ATS-UP05, the requested scope of accreditation should be presented in a manner shown in the table.

Pursuant to the interpretation of the Ministry of Interior, during accreditation procedure ATS shall not check and assess whether provisions of articles 19, 30, 36, 42, 48 and 54 of the Rulebook are met, as a limitation in determining the type of inspecting body. Provisions of those articles shall be checked by the enacting authority while performing the surveillance of the authorised inspection bodies.

Inspecting bodies which have already applied for accreditation/extension of the scope of accreditation, for performance of conformity assessment activities according to the Rulebook on special requirements which must be met by legal entities which are authorised for performance of inspection of installations and appliances for extinguishing fire and installations of special systems („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia“ No 52/15 and 59/16),  shall be asked to complete the application so as to conform to the requirements which are pursuant to the interpretation of the Ministry of Interior.

Accredited inspecting bodies may submit an application for the extension of the scope of accreditation for performance of conformity assessment activities according to the Rulebook on special requirements which must be met by legal entities which are authorised for performance of inspection of installations and appliances for extinguishing fire and installations of special systems („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia“ No 52/15 and 59/16), as of 28th March 2017.

Assessment following the application for the extension of the scope of accreditation shall be performed by ATS during next regular surveillance assessment or reassessment of conformity assessment bodies (CAB) or upon the request of CAB as a separate assessment following the application for the extension of the scope of accreditation.

CABs may submit an application for accreditation for performance of conformity assessment activities according to the Rulebook on special requirements which must be met by legal entities which are authorised for performance of inspection of installations and appliances for extinguishing fire and installations of special systems („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia“ No 52/15 and 59/16), as of 28th March 2017. Assessment following the application for accreditation shall be performed by ATS in regular assessment procedure.

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.

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.

18th June 2015

Information for conformity assessment bodies that are in the process of being granted accreditation as regards the application of the Regulation on Portable Pressure Vessels

The Accreditation Body of Serbia hereby informs all accredited conformity assessment bodies that are in the process of being granted accreditation in keeping with the Regulation on Portable Pressure Vessels (published in Official Gazette of the RS No. 30/2014 of 14.03.2014), and after consulting the Directorate of Dangerous Goods Transport, that scopes of accreditation containing revoked regulations (Regulation on Technical Norms for Portable Closed Vessels for Compressed, Liquid and Under-pressure Soluble Gases (“Official Journal of the SFRY”, Nos. 25/80 and 9/86, “Official Journal of the FRY”, Nos. 21/94, 56/95 and 1/03, and “Official Gazette of the RS”, No. 8/12) and Ordinance on Mandatory Attestation of Steel Bottles for Propane & Butane Gas with Valves (“Official Journal of the SFRY”, No. 44/87) will be valid until the termination of the accreditation process, but no later than 30.09.2015, when ATS will make decisions to reduce the scope of accreditation or to withdraw accreditation in case of those CABs that will still have the revoked regulations listed in their scopes of accreditation.

14th May 2014

CAB-related information about the Regulation on Portable Pressure Equipment

The Accreditation Body of Serbia hereby informs all accredited conformity assessment bodies and those seeking accreditation that, pursuant to published Regulation on Portable Pressure Equipment (published in the Official Gazette of the RS No. 30/2014 of 14.03.2014), the Regulation on Technical Norms for Portable Closed Vessels for Compressed, Liquid and Dilute Gases (“Official Journal of the SFRY“, Nos. 25/80 and 9/86, “Official Journal of the SRY“, Nos. 21/94, 56/95 and 1/03, and “Official Gazette of the RS“, No. 8/12) and Ordinance on Mandatory Atestation of Steel Propane-Butane Bottles with Valves (“Official Journal of the SFRY“, No. 44/87) shall be repealed with effect from the date of entry of this Regulation (1st June 2014). The Regulation prescribes (Article 16) that certificates of conformity issued on the basis of repealed regulations shall remain valid until the next periodic inspection, intermediate inspections or exceptional checks, but no later than 1st June 2019.

Having in mind the aforementioned, and after consulting with the Directorate for Dangerous Goods Transport, the Accreditation Body shall, from 1st June 2014, mark in the scopes of accreditation the said regulations as “repealed” in case of those CABs wishing to get accredited as per the new Regulation. Scopes of accreditation containing repealed regulations will remain valid until the finalisation of the accreditation procedure as per the new Regulation, but no later than 31.05.2015 when ATS will make decisions on reduction of the scope of accreditation or withdrawal of accreditation for those CABs that will still have in their scopes of accreditation reference to repealed regulations. In case of CABs that will still have reference to repealed regulations in their scopes of accreditation, but that do not wish to get accredited as per the new Regulation, ATS will, from 1st June 2014, make decisions on reduction of the scope of accreditation or withdrawal of accreditation.

Having in mind that the Regulation (Article 10) prescribes that accreditation as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17020 is one of the conditions to designate bodies, competence of all CABs wishing to get accredited for conformity assessment procedures as per the Regulation on Portable Pressure Equipment will be determined during initial assessments, reassessments and assessments for the purpose of extension of the scope of accreditation. When formulating scopes of accreditation CABs shall (under “reference documents” column) list, for each conformity assessment (CA) procedure (type of inspection), regulations, ADR/RID/ADN points describing CA procedures and specific standard(s) referring to ADR/RID/AND.

CABs wishing to get accredited as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17020 should meet the criteria for type A inspection bodies in order to become designated in keeping with the Regulation. The Directorate for Dangerous Goods Transport posted on its website (www.utot.gov.rs) an announcement for companies wishing to become designated for conformity assessment in case of portable pressure equipment and for interested parties wishing to apply in order to become designated.

Moreover, laboratories can be granted accreditation, as per the requirements of SRPS ISO/IEC 17025, to perform testing of portable pressure equipment, but it has to be mentioned that these laboratories cannot be designated by the Directorate for Dangerous Goods Transport given that such accreditation can confuse the market.

20th September 2013

The Regulation on Metrological Conditions for Non-automatic Weighing Machines (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia”, No. 17/13) entered into force on 1st March 2013. Therefore, the Directorate of Measures and Precious Metals (DMDM) issued an announcement related to the transitional period for the Regulation on Metrological Conditions for Non-automatic Weighing Machines.

The Regulation on Measuring Instruments (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia”, No. 63/13) entered into force on 27th July 2013. Therefore, DMDM issued an announcement related to the transitional period for the Regulation on Measuring Instruments.

30th 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 changed the following documents:

-ATS-UP05, Guides for the Formulation of Scopes of Accreditation for Inspection Bodies defining recommendations for the formulation of scopes of accreditation when inspection bodies have a justifiable reason to perform conformity assessment on the basis of reference documents that are no longer valid, and

- ATS-UP22, Guides for the Application of the Regulation on Inspection of Pressure Equipment Use Life Period When Accrediting CABs (“Official Gazette of the RS” No. 87/11) enabling the extension of the deadline for the fulfilment of requirements related to personnel competences.

Furthermore, activities related to the transitional period for the new edition of SRPS ISO/IEC 17020:2012 were defined.

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

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.

2nd July 2013

Notice to inspection bodies in the field of measuring instruments

The Ministry of Finance and Economy, MFE (currently Ministry of Economy), as the ministry in charge of authorising companies and other legal entities to perform verification of measuring instruments informed the Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) by means of internal memo No. 011-00-145/2013-33 of 19th June 2013 about the following:

  • the measuring instruments not referred to in Article 2 of the Regulation on the Types of Measuring Instruments Requiring Mandatory Verification and on Time Intervals of Their Periodic Verification (Official Gazette of the RS No. 49/10) cannot be verified or inspected as per the valid metrological regulations (regulations on metrological conditions and metrological guides for inspection). These can be tested or calibrated in keeping with relevant reference documents providing the testing/calibration methods. The only exception will be weighing machines used for construction purposes;
     
  • only companies and other legal entities that are accredited to perform conformity assessment activities (inspection) shall be authorised to perform verification of measuring instruments solely in line with valid regulations governing metrological conditions/requirements and the mode of determining fulfilment of metrological conditions/requirements (regulations on metrological conditions and metrological guides for inspection), and not in line with other documents such as directives, internal procedures, standards, producer’s instructions, OIML R, etc.;
     
  • companies and other legal entities for which there are no valid metrological guides for inspection shall not be authorised to perform verification of measuring instruments;
     
  • only companies and/or other legal entities (conformity assessment bodies) accredited as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17020 and the scope of accreditation of which contains the reference to the measuring instruments mentioned in Article 2 of the Regulation on the Types of Measuring Instruments Requiring Mandatory Verification and on Time Intervals of Their Periodic Verification can be authorised to perform verification, whereas the reference documents used for inspection shall be only relevant metrological regulations (regulations on metrological conditions and metrological guides for inspection);
     
  • conformity assessment bodies accredited as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17020 in the field of measuring instruments do this only for the purpose of fulfilling one of the conditions enabling authorisation in the field of verification of measuring instruments and in line with the regulations, whereas they cannot perform inspection activities.

Following the aforementioned MFE internal memo ATS made the following decision for all inspection bodies in the field of measuring instruments:

  1. From 15th August 2013, ATS will, in case of all inspection bodies accredited for the inspection of the measuring instruments not referred to in Article 2 of the Regulation on the Types of Measuring Instruments Requiring Mandatory Verification and on Time Intervals of Their Periodic Verification (Official Gazette of the RS No. 49/10), reduce the scope of accreditation for the said measuring instruments or withdraw accreditation. In case of files to be decided on by 14th August 2013 ATS will reduce the scope of accreditation or withdraw accreditation during decision-making. Weighing machines used for construction purposes shall be an exception thereto since these shall continue to be visible in the scopes of accreditation.
     
  2. From 15th August 2013, ATS will, in case of all inspection bodies that, in addition to valid regulations governing metrological conditions/requirements and the mode of determining fulfilment of metrological conditions/requirements (regulations on metrological conditions and metrological guides for inspection), have in their scope of accreditation other reference documents (e.g. internal procedures, standards, producer’s instructions, OIML R, etc.), correct the scopes of accreditation by omitting non-metrological regulations.
     
  3. ATS set 1st October 2013 as the deadline by which accredited inspection bodies not having valid metrological guides for inspection in their scopes of accreditation, but other reference documents (e.g. directives, internal procedures, standards, producer’s instructions, OIML R, etc.) should update their inspection method to keep it in line with the valid metrological guide for inspection. Accredited inspection bodies shall, by that date, inform ATS about the update of the instruction method and submit information/documents related therewith. ATS will review the submitted information/documents and make a decision on the mode of verification of changes made (which may involve an assessment). In case of inspection bodies that fail to submit the information and documents by 1st October 2013 ATS will make a decision on accreditation withdrawal or reduction of the scope of accreditation. In case of accredited inspection bodies that will submit the information and documents within the said deadline ATS will make an appropriate decision no later than 1st December 2013 depending on the activities to be carried out.
     
  4. From 15th August 2013, ATS will, in case of all accredited inspection bodies having reference in their scopes of accreditation to measuring instruments for which there are no valid metrological guides for inspection, suspend the part of the scope mentioning the measuring instruments for which there are no valid metrological guides for inspection. In case of files to be decided on by 14th August 2013 ATS will make decisions on suspension during decision-making.
     
  5. ATS will, when making decisions on accreditation after initial assessments and assessments for the purpose of extending the scope of accreditation, take into consideration MFE internal memo No. 011-00-145/2013-33 of 19th June 2013.

25th April 2013

Information pertaining to the requirements to be met when measuring environmental noise levels

This information is intended for the assessors of the Accreditation Body of Serbia and laboratories performing noise measurement, and it resulted from the work of the ATS Task Force Group established to harmonise stands as regards the following requirements: monitoring of meteorological parameters when measuring noise, content of the noise test report and calibration frequency for calibrators used for noise measurement.

Monitoring of meteorological parameters when measuring noise:

Measurable meteorological parameters: temperature, barometric pressure, humidity and wind velocity are measured directly at the test location, whereas laboratories record on-site the presence of precipitation. Other meteorological parameters are as follows: wind direction and cloudiness are downloaded from the official website of the Hydrometeorological Service of Serbia (RHMZ). Parameters are measured by laboratories by using the equipment that was calibrated in line with the calibration programme that was put in place. This is necessary since meteorological parameters are essential for calculating the uncertainty of measurement of the measurement results.

Content of the noise test report:

Noise test report has to contain the elements provided under cl.5.10.2 of SRPS ISO/IEC 17025:2006 (Note: they are not contrary to the requirements of the Regulation on the Methods for Noise Measurement, Content and Scope of the Noise Test Report (“Official Gazette of the RS”, No. 72/2010), Article 3). Moreover, pursuant to the Regulation on Noise Measuring Methods, Content and Scope of the Noise Test Report (“Official Gazette of the RS”, No. 72/2010), a test report should also contain defined, i.e. measured meteorological parameters. The requested meteorological parameters are stipulated in standards used for environmental noise measuring - SRPS ISO 1996-1 (cl.8.2.1) and SRPS ISO 1996-2 (cl.12).

Calibration frequency for calibrators:

It is necessary to observe the recommendation made in SRPS ISO 1996-2 (cl. 5.2) as a document that served as a basis for noise measurement and that set the calibrator calibration frequency to be once a year. This once a year calibration frequency is not contrary to the requirements of the Regulation on the Conditions to Be Met by a Technical Organisation Performing Noise Measurement, and Documentation to Be Submitted together with an Application for Noise Measuring Authorisation (“Official Gazette of the RS”, No. 72/2010) that stipulates, in Article 3, that “the equipment has to be calibrated every two years by an accredited laboratory”.

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.

6th December 2012

The new edition of ISO / IEC 17020:2012 - Conformity assessment - Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection was published on 1st March 2012.

Accordingly, the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) decided that a transitional period for the implementation of the new edition of ISO / IEC 17020 should be 3 years following its 2012 publication or until 1st March 2015.

The structure of ISO / IEC 17020:2012 is compliant with other standards of ISO / IEC 17000 series. The following parts of the IAF / ILAC A4 guideline and mandatory requirements of ISO / PAS document were incorporated in the new edition of the standard: requirements regarding the impartiality from IS /PAS 17001, confidentiality requirements of ISO/PAS 17002, requirements related to appeals and complaints from ISO/PAS 17003, and requirements for the Use of Management Systems from ISO/PAS 17005. Furthermore, this edition contains a number of definitions (e.g. inspection schemes, inspection systems, etc.) that will enable better understanding of the standard requirements.

ISO/IEC 17020:2012 includes amendments contained in the following requirements:
4.1.3 Identification of risks to inspection body’s impartiality;
4.1.4 Elimination or minimisation of risk to impartiality;
Annex A-notes: data clarification - exceptions that do not present a conflict that would affect the independence of inspection bodies;
4.2.1 The inspection body shall be responsible, through legally enforceable commitments, for the management of all information; informing the client in advance of the information it intends to place in the public domain;
5.1.4 Adequate provision (e.g., insurance or reserves);
5.2.5 The inspection body shall have available one or more person(s) as technical manager(s);
6.1.5 Documented procedures for selecting, training, formally authorizing and monitoring inspectors and other personnel involved in inspection activities;
6.1.6 A mentored working period with experienced inspectors;
6.1.8 Monitoring all inspectors and other personnel involved in inspection activities for satisfactory performance and results of monitoring shall be used as a means of identifying training needs;
7.1.1 Informing the client if the inspection method proposed by the client is considered to be inappropriate;
7.3.2 Internally traceable report or certificate to the inspector(s) who performed the inspection;
7.4.2 Mandatory elements of any inspection report/certificate; a statement of conformity where applicable;
7.5.2 A description of the handling process for complaints and appeals shall be available to any interested party;
7.6 The handling process for complaints and appeals (minimum elements and methods, requirements for reporting on the actions undertaken and ensuring that any appropriate action is taken);
8.1.1. Options A and B for establishment of a management system;
8.3.2. Document control procedures;
8.5.3 Outputs from the management review;
8.7.4 Corrective action procedures;
8.8. Preventive actions (requirements, elements of the procedure).

On 23rd May 2012 the Institute for Standardization of Serbia published SRPS ISO/IEC 17020:2012 Conformity assessment - Requirements for operation of various types of bodies performing inspection. ISO / IEC 17020:2002 shall be repealed with effect from the date of entry into force of SRPS ISO/IEC 17020:2012.

The Accreditation Body of Serbia has planned to take all actions (amend management system document, train assessors and those participating in the decision-making) in order to harmonise the accreditation procedure of inspection bodies with SRPS ISO/IEC 17020:2012.

ATS will start performing assessments as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17020:2012 from 01.03.2013 when it will stop receiving new applications for accreditation as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17020:2002. Those inspection bodies that started the assessment procedure as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17020:2002 will be given an opportunity to decide according to which edition of the standard they want to finalise the assessment procedure. ATS will not grant any new accreditations as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17020:2002 after 01.10.2013.

Assessment of accredited inspection bodies in terms of transition of/approximation to/compliance with the new editions of the standard will be carried out during regular surveillance assessments or reassessments, but no later than 01.09.2014. In this regard ATS will harmonise assessment activities with each accredited inspection body.

After 1st March 2015 all accreditations granted as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17020:2002 will no longer be valid. Accreditations granted to those inspection bodies, which failed to adapt to the new edition of the standard by the said deadline, will be suspended and/or withdrawn. The ATS procedures prescribe that the suspension period shall last up to 6 months maximum.

19th July 2012

Certificates issued by accredited bodies/notified bodies performing verification of measuring instruments

Notified bodies performing verification of measuring instruments (hereinafter referred to as: NB) shall issue the following documents on the verification of measuring instruments:

- report on inspection and verification of measuring instruments in accordance with the Regulation on the Verification of Measuring Instruments (Official Gazette of the RS, No. 1/12) and

- certificate on the verification of measuring instruments pursuant to Article 21, paragraph 1 of the Law on Metrology (Official Gazette of the RS, No. 30/10), Article 9, paragraph 1 of the Regulation on  the Verification of Measuring Instruments (Official Gazette of the RS, No.1/12) and Articles 1, 10, 12 and 14 of the Regulation on the Type, Design and Mode of Affixing State Seals Used When Verifying Measuring Instruments (Official Gazette of the RS, No. 57/11) prescribing the content and form of the certificate.

It is possible for NBs that had already been accredited for the inspection of measuring instruments, that shall be subject to verification in accordance with the Regulation on Types of Measuring Instruments Requiring Mandatory Verification and Time Intervals of Periodic Verification (Official Gazette of the RS, No. 49/10) to issue an inspection report in addition to the said documents on measuring instrument verification.

NB/accredited inspection body can, after it has performed certain activities, choose a combination of the documents to issue:
1) Measuring Instrument Inspection Report and Verification Report that shall contain all elements laid down in Article 10 of the Regulation on Measuring Instruments, Inspection Report that shall contain all necessary elements of EA IAF/ILAC-А4:2004, EA IAF/ILAC Guidance on the Application of ISO/IEC 17020:1998 and certificate on measuring instrument verification in line with the UOMOT form accompanying the Regulation on the Type, Design and Mode of Affixing State Seals Used When Verifying Measuring Instruments
or
2) Measuring Instrument Inspection Report and Verification Report that shall contain all elements laid down in Article 10 of the  Regulation on  the Verification of Measuring Instruments, and all other necessary elements to be found in the inspection report as defined in EA IAF/ILAC-А4:2004, EA IAF/ILAC Guidance on the Application of ISO/IEC 17020:1998 and measuring instrument verification certificate in accordance with the prescribed UOMOT form accompanying the Regulation on the Type, Design and Mode of Affixing State Seals Used When Verifying Measuring Instruments.
The aforementioned will be applicable if a measuring instrument meets the prescribed requirements.

If a measuring instrument fails to meet the prescribed requirements, NB/accredited inspection body shall issue a decision refusing the verification of the measuring instrument as laid down in Article 21, paragraphs 3 and 4 of the Law on Metrology.

25th May 2012

Guidelines for the application of the Regulation on the In-service Inspection of Pressure Vessels

We hereby inform the CABs that the Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) issued on 15th May 2012 the document to be used during the accreditation procedure entitled Guidelines for the application of the Regulation on the In-service Inspection of the Pressure Vessels (Official Gazette of the RS, No. 87/11).

This document provides necessary explanation for the application of the Regulation on the In-service Inspection of Pressure Vessels (Official Gazette of the RS, No. 87/11) to be used by the ATS during the CAB accreditation procedure in keeping with the requirements of this Regulation.

Assessments in keeping with the requirements of this Regulation will be performed during initial assessments/reassessments or extension to the scope of accreditation in case of all CABs that were accredited so far.

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.

Information of Special Importance to Certification Bodies Providing Certification of MS

17th August 2017

Information for CBs certifying Environmental Management System

On 14th May 2017 European Co-operation for Accreditation (EA) published a mandatory document ЕА-7/04 М: 2017 „Legal Compliance as a part of Accredited ISO 14001:2015 Certification" for certification bodies for certification of environmental management systems that is available on EA website (www.european-accreditation.org).

This document replaced the document ЕА-7/04 М: 2007 and the revision of the document was made for the purpose of harmonizing with the requirements of ISO 14001:2015, ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 and ISO/IEC TS 17021-2:2012.

The Accreditation Body of Serbia hereby informs accredited CBs certifying Environmental Management Systems that they are obliged to implement, without any delay, the document ЕА-7/04 М: 2017 when performing certification of environmental management systems according to SRPS ISO 14001:2015, whereas for performing certification of environmental management systems according to SRPS ISO 14001:2005, they should continue using the previous version of the document ЕА-7/04 М: 2007.

ATS will check and assess the application of the requirements of the new version of the said document during the first upcoming assessment and will use it in the future as a reference document for the assessment of bodies for certification of management systems providing services of certification of environmental management systems according to SRPS ISO 14001:2015.

In accordance with the Rules of Accreditation, accredited CBs for certification of management systems should submit all management systems documents that are amended in order to meet the requirements from ЕА-7/04 М: 2017, with clear identification of amendments, to ATS by 10th September 2017.

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 2016 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.

19th April 2017

Information for CBs certifying MS

Accreditation body of Serbia made changes in 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. Rules are conformed to the changes in international documents: 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 и EA-1/19 A: 2015, Rules for Use of the EA Logo, as well as IAF Resolutions (IAF Resolution 2015-14, Agenda Item 10 and IAF Resolution 2016-17, Agenda Item 9).

Conforming to IAF General Assembly (IAF Resolution 2015-14, Agenda Item 10) accredited certification bodies (when using accreditation symbol and/or combined mark or textual reference to accreditation, if applicable) cannot issue certificates of conformity without accreditation symbol/ reference to accreditation/IAF MLA mark (if applicable) for areas which they are accredited for in line with the granted Scope of accreditation.      

Based on the IAF General Assembly Resolution (IAF Resolution 2016-17, Agenda Item 9) 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 2016, 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.

10th March 2017

Information for CBs certifying ISMS

Standard ISO/IEC 27006:2015 containing the requirements and guidelines for bodies which assess and certify Information Security Management Systems (ISMS), as an addition to the requirements contained in ISO/IEC 17021‑1 and ISO/IEC 27001, which primarily serve as a support in accreditation of certification bodies which provide services of ISMS certification, was published in October 2015.

The said standard replaced former standard ISO/IEC 27006:2011, which was adopted as SRPS ISO/IEC 27006:2013 and which the Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) uses in the procedure of accreditation of certification bodies certifying Information Security Management Systems.

On the General Assembly in Milan in 2015, the International accreditation forum (IAF) made a decision that the transition period for conformity with the requirements of the new standard ISO/IEC 27006:2015 will be two years from the date of publication of the standard.

Considering the stated, as well as the status of the Accreditation Body of Serbia in IAF as a signatory to the IAF Multilateral Agreement (IAF MLA), the Accreditation Body of Serbia hereby informs accredited certification bodies certifying Information Security Management Systems, as well as bodies in the certification procedure, that the final deadline for transition to certification against ISO/IEC 27006:2015 is 30th September 2017.

Considering the stated, the Accreditation Body of Serbia shall not accept applications for accreditation by certification bodies certifying Information Security Management Systems according to SRPS ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 and SRPS ISO/IEC 27006:2013 (ISO/IEC 27006:2011) after 20th March 2017.

All assessments made after 20th March 2017 shall also include assessment of fulfillment of the requirements of standard ISO/IEC 27006:2015.

Accredited certification bodies certifying Information Security Management Systems according to SRPS ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 and SRPS ISO/IEC 27006:2013 standards are obligated to prepare a plan of transition to accreditation according to ISO/IEC 27006:2015 and submit it to the Accreditation Body of Serbia by 20th April 2017 at the latest.

Upon receipt and assessment of the plan for transition to accreditation according to ISO/IEC 27006:2015, the Accreditation Body of Serbia will check the application of the requirements of the new standard at the head offices of certification bodies, during regular surveillance assessments or reassessments.

When the Institute for Standardization of Serbia adopts appropriate SRPS ISO/IEC 27006, which will be identical to ISO/IEC 27006:2015, the Accreditation Body of Serbia will move to accreditation of certification bodies certifying Information Security Management Systems by standards SRPS ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 and SRPS ISO/IEC 27006:2017.

18th November 2016

Additional information on the transfer to SRPS ISO 9001:2015, i.e. SRPS ISO 14001:2015

Accredited certification bodies for certification of the quality management systems and for the certification of environmental management systems submit requirements for certification according to SRPS ISO 9001:2015, i.e. SRPS ISO 14001:2015 as a form of application for extension of accreditation scope since the procedure of transferring to new standards includes a minimal review of the documentation submitted, one witness report and assessment on site as well as that with transferring to ‘’new standards’’ accredited certification bodies for management systems will also keep the accreditation scope certification in accordance to SRPS ISO 9001:2008, i.e. SRPS ISO 14001:2005. until the 14th September 2018.

11th January 2016

Information on the transition to accreditation as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015

We hereby inform all interested parties that the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published, on 15th June 2015, ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 - Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems - Part 1: Requirements. Therefore, the Institute for Standardization of Serbia published, on 29th December 2015, SRPS ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 that is identical to ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015.

SRPS ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 replaced SRPS ISO/IEC 17021:2011 and hence it is necessary for all certification bodies providing certification of management systems that were accredited by ATS and those that will be granted accreditation to analyse the requirements of the new standard and make the necessary changes – to harmonise their management systems and certification systems and to fully apply SRPS ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015.

At its 2014 General Assembly meeting held in Vancouver the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) made a decision that the transition period for the implementation of ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 would be two years from the date of publication. Therefore, IAF published an informative document (IAF ID11:2015) and posted it on its website as it contains information of importance to accreditation and certification bodies on the transition to the new edition of the standard.

Having in mind the aforementioned and ATS’s status as the signatory to the IAF MLA, ATS hereby informs accredited certification bodies providing certification of management systems and those CBs that will be granted accreditation that the deadline for the transition to accreditation as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 is 15th June 2017.

Moreover, having in mind the time needed for the adaptation of its documentation and preparation of assessors to assess as per the requirements of the new edition of the standard, ATS hereby informs that it will be ready, as of 1st June 2016, to assess certification bodies as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015.

1.    CB Information

1.1    CBs seeking accreditation

ATS will be receiving applications for accreditation as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17021:2011 up until 30th April 2016. After this deadline ATS will no longer accept applications for accreditation as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17021:2011, but solely as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015.

On 1st June 2016, ATS will start performing assessments as per the requirements of SRPS ISO/IEC 17021-1: 2015.

1.2    CBs that will be granted accreditation

Those certification bodies that will be granted accreditation as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17021:2011, can, depending on their needs, finalise the procedure that was initiated as per the said standard, whereas their transition to accreditation as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 shall be finalised by 15th June 2017 under conditions defined for accredited certification bodies or they can apply to ATS in order to be assessed as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015, but before the SRPS ISO/IEC 17021:2011 accreditation procedure would be finalised, whereas this can be carried out after 1st June 2016.

1.3    ISO/IEC 17021:2011 accredited CBs

All SRPS ISO/IEC 17021:2011 accredited CBs are obliged to prepare their own plans on transition to accreditation as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 where they would define the necessary changes to their management systems or accredited MS certification activities and deadlines within which they would implement these changes for the purpose of complete harmonisation with the requirements of the new edition of the standard, whereras it will be necessary to take into consideration these changes to processes, contractual arrangements, committees and other aspects the implementation of which needs to be finalised within specified time frames.  

Certification bodies shall submit to ATS their plans on the transition to accreditation as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 by 1st April 2016 at the latest so that these can be reviewed and harmonised by ATS. The said harmonisation refers, first of all, to deadlines that were defined as such in their plans in order to meet the defined deadline (15th June 2017), whereas ATS’s accreditation rules and procedure should be taken into consideration in case of transition of accreditation as per the new edition of the standard.

ATS will, after the transition plans have been harmonised with CBs, check and assess application and observance of the requirements of the new edition of the standard during regular surveillance assessments or reassessments of accredited CBs, but not before 1st June 2016.

Exceptionally, ATS can, at the CB request, perform a separate assessment (in order to speed up the procedure or when CBs are not ready to be assessed as per the requirements of the new edition of the standard during regular surveillance assessments or reassessments) to confirm the CB transition of accreditation to the new edition of the standard, but not before 1st June 2016 in order to meet the defined deadline (15th June 2017).

If nonconformities are identified during assessments as per the requirements of the new edition of the standard, certification bodies will be obliged to eliminate the cause thereof in accordance with the ATS procedure before decisions on accreditation transition as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 would be made by ATS. CBs must submit to ATS evidences confirming the elimination of identified nonconformities by 15th May 2017 at the latest in order to meet the transition deadline (15th June 2017), whereas the Accreditation Rules must be observed in terms of final deadline for the elimination of identified nonconformities.

ATS will withdraw accreditations granted as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17021:2011 in case of those CBs that fail to harmonise their work and management systems with the requirements of SRPS ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 within the defined transition period and in case of those CBs for which no decisions on accreditation as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 would be made by 15th June 2017.

25th November 2015

Information for CBs providing certification of Food Safety Management Systems

ISO/TS 22003:2013, Food Safety Management Systems – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of food safety management systems was published on 15th December 2013. This 2013 TS, that replaced former ISO/TS 22003:2007, contains amended requirements for food safety management systems audits that are carried out by third parties and requirements for competence of personnel involved in the certification process.

The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) published an informative document IAF ID 8:2014, and made it available on the IAF’s website, whereas the document contains a reference to the relevant IAF General Assembly Resolution determining a transitional period of three years from the date of publication (15th December 2013) of the technical specification ISO/TS 22003:2013 for the transition of certification bodies providing certification of food safety managements systems to accreditation as per the said technical specification.

The Institute for Standardization of Serbia published on 30th October 2015 SRPS ISO/TS 22003:2015, Food Safety Management Systems - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of food safety management systems in order to transpose ISO/TS 22003:2013 and replace former technical specification SRPS ISO/TS 22003:2010.

Since the conditions for the transition of certification bodies providing certification of food safety management systems, accredited by the Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17021:2011 and SRPS ISO/TS 22003, to accreditation as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17021:2011 and SRPS ISO/TS 22003:2015 were met, ATS informs the interested parties and its’ Clients of the following:

Applications for accreditation submitted by certification bodies providing certification of food safety management systems as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17021:2011 and SRPS ISO/TS 22003:2010 after 15th December 2015 will not be accepted.

New accreditations will be granted after 15th May 2016 only in accordance with the version of SRPS ISO/IEC 17021:2011 and SRPS ISO/TS 22003:2010 that will be valid at that time.

All accredited certification bodies providing certification of food safety management systems need to prepare a plan for a transition to accreditation as per SRPS ISO/TS 22003:2015. These plans should determine the changes in the management system and time frames for implementing necessary changes in order to achieve conformance with the requirements of the new technical specification. The plans should be submitted to ATS by 15th December 2015 at the latest.

Transition to SRPS ISO/TS 22003:2015 can require certain changes in the procedures, delivery of training or other activities that are time-consuming, especially as it will be necessary to put in place the process and system in order to determine the CB personnel competence.

After receiving and assessing the plan of transition to accreditation as per SRPS ISO/TS 22003:2015, ATS will check the application of requirements of the new technical specification in the CB Head Office during initial assessments, regular surveillance assessments or reassessments. All assessments after 15th February 2016 will also include the assessment of conformity with the requirements of the new technical specification.

If certain nonconformities are identified during assessments, certification bodies are obliged to eliminate them as prescribed in the ATS rules and procedures, but before the expiry of the transition period in order to enable ATS to make appropriate decisions on accreditation.

All accredited certification bodies providing certification of food safety management systems shall, by the expiry of the transition period (i.e. by 15th December 2016), be in conformance with SRPS ISO/TS 22003:2015, whereas this will be formulated in the Scope of Accreditation. Scopes of accreditation of the certification bodies providing certification of food safety management systems, which fail to switch to accreditation as per SRPS ISO/TS 22003:2015 by 15th December 2016, will be reduced for the part referring to certification of food safety management systems.

Having in mind food chain categories listed in table A.1 of Annex A of SRPS ISO/TS 22003:2010, these are grouped as the following clusters:

1. Farming (A+B)
2. Food and Feed Processing (C+D)
3. Catering (E)
4. Retail, Transport and Storage (F+G)
5. Auxiliary Industries (H+I+J)
6. (Bio) Chemicals (K)

After the assessments have been completed and decisions on the transition to the new version of the technical specification have been made, scopes of accreditation of certification bodies will be updated in accordance with the clusters and categories of the new version of the technical specification. In principle, valid scopes of accreditation (formulated as per the categories) will be redefined as (new) clusters and categories in accordance to (attached) Table 1.

If valid scopes of accreditation of certification bodies do not contain all the categories of a particular cluster, CBs will decide whether they want to:

-   offer certification services for the entire cluster (SRPS ISO/TS 22003:2015) and in that case they must apply for the extension of the scope of accreditation or

-   continue to offer certification services for current categories, but within the scope of (new) clusters when the scopes of accreditation will be revised to include only the categories within specific clusters.

TABLE 1

Scope of accreditation as per SRPS ISO/TS 22003:2010 Scope of accreditation as per SRPS ISO/TS 22003:2015
Code Category Cluster Category
A Farming 1 (Animals) Farming A Farming of Animals
B Farming 2 (Plants) Farming B Farming of Plants
C Processing 1
 (Perishable animal products) including all activities after farming, e.g. slaughtering
 
Food and feed processing C Food manufacturing
D Processing 2 (Perishable vegetable products) Food and feed processing C Food manufacturing
E Processing 3 (Products with long shelf life at ambient temperature) Food and feed processing C Food manufacturing
F Feed production Food and feed processing D Animal feed production
G Catering Catering E Catering
H Distribution Retail, transport and storage F Distribution
I Services Auxiliary services H Services
J Transport and storage Retail, transport and storage G Provision of Transport and Storage Services
K Equipment manufacturing Auxiliary services J Equipment manufacturing
L (Bio)chemical manufacturing (Bio)chemical K Production of (Bio) Chemicals
M Packaging material manufacturing Auxiliary services I Production of Food Packaging and Packaging Material

In case of initial assessments ATS will grant accreditation just only if the assessment included at least one witnessing for each requested cluster, with at least one witnessing for a complete audit (phase 1 and phase 2).

ATS planned all activities that will be carried out in the upcoming period (change in the management system documents, training of assessors and persons participating in decision-making, update of surveillance activities) in order to harmonise the accreditation procedure in case of certification bodies providing certification of management systems as per the requirements of SRPS ISO/TS 22003:2015 and IAF MD16 document.

19th November 2015

Information about the transition to the new edition of SRPS ISO 9001:2015

The Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) hereby informs all interested parties that the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) published an informative document (IAF ID9:2015), that was made available on the IAF’s website, whereby it was defined that the transition period in case of all certification bodies accredited as per ISO/IEC 17021:2011 was set to be 3 years from the from the date of publication of ISO 9001:2015. Within this period accredited certification bodies have to prepare for the certification of quality management systems in line with the new edition of the standard.

Within the defined transition period ATS will, during regular surveillance assessments or reassessments of accredited certification bodies providing certification of management systems, perform assessments at the request of the certification bodies for the purpose of confirming the transition to the certification of environmental management systems as per SRPS ISO 9001:2015. Exceptionally, ATS can, at the request of the certification bodies, perform a separate assessment (in order to speed up the procedure) to confirm that the transition to the new edition of the standard was carried out prior to the planned regular surveillance assessment or reassessment.

Pursuant to the recommendations from the IAF ID9:2015 document, accreditation of certification bodies providing certification of management systems as per the requirements of SRPS ISO 9001:2008 will be valid until 14th September 2018 at the latest. Scopes of accreditation of those certification bodies providing certification of management systems as per the requirements of SRPS ISO 9001:2008 for which the transition to the new edition of the standard will not be confirmed by 14th September 2018, will be reduced so that the part pertaining to certification of quality management systems could be excluded therefrom.

Accredited certification bodies providing certification of management systems, wishing to transfer to the accredited certification of quality management systems as per the requirements of SRPS ISO 9001:2015, can, from 23rd November 2015, submit applications for the transition to the new edition of the standard.

In addition to the application, accredited certification bodies have to submit to ATS the following documents:

  • their own plan on how to transfer to the certification of environmental management systems as per the requirements of SRPS ISO 9001:2015 with defined deadlines for the performance of necessary activities relating to audit and certification activities as per the requirements of the new edition of the standard that should be drafted by using the CB-related instructions from the IAF ID9:2015 document;
  • information about the communication between certification bodies and their clients as regards the transition to the new edition of the standard (e.g. are the clients ready and how many of them are ready to perform certification as per the requirements of SRPS ISO/IEC 9001:2015 and information about the plans as regards the necessary amendments to the clients’ management systems);
  • information about the client’s transition process and arrangement as regards the new edition of the standard should include at least the following:

- planned audit mode (one visit or staged visit) for the purpose of transition to the new edition of the standard;
- planning of concrete audits, including the planned mode in which the audits are carried out to check the application of the requirements of the new edition of the standard;
- plans reviewing the differences between DIS, FDIS and final edition of the standard and performance of additional activities (if specific activities such as staff training were carried out as per DIS or FDIS versions of the standard);
- certification document control, including expiry date and transition period;

  • all management system documents that were amended due to transition to certification as per the new edition of the standard with clear identification of changes;
  • personnel competence criteria that were put in place (respective skills and knowledge identified by the certification body on the basis of the requirements of the new edition of the standard) and evidence of the personnel competence, including updated records on evaluated competence of relevant personnel and information whether the new edition of the standard had any effects on technical fields the personnel is competent for, and, if need be, delivered training materials.

ATS-performed assessments will include at least the review of submitted documentation, one witnessing visit and one on-site assessment.

Performed witnessing will be an integral part of witnessing planned to be carried out during regular surveillance activities or necessary witnessing visits when performing assessments for the purpose of accreditation renewal, and hence it will not be an additional activity/cost for accredited certification bodies. Those clients of certification bodies that have already applied SRPS ISO 9001:2015 will be selected for the purpose of witnessing.

Accredited certification bodies must ensure that certification expiry dates on issued certification documents after initial audit or recertification audit that was carried out as per the old version of the standard are in line with the transition period end date.

Accredited certification bodies can grant certification as per SRPS ISO 9001:2015 only after a decision was made by ATS on their transition to certification as per the new edition of the standard and if clients, the environmental management systems of which are to be certified, demonstrated conformance with SRPS ISO 9001:2015.

Certification bodies providing certification of management systems that are in the process of initial accreditation for certification of quality management systems as per SRPS ISO 9001:2005, and that are interested to be granted accreditation for certification as per the requirements of SRPS ISO 9001:2015, are obliged to submit to ATS an application requiring the change of the requested scope of accreditation. Hence, ATS will harmonise its assessment activities with each certification body depending on the phase of the CB accreditation process.

Information about the transition to the new edition of SRPS ISO 14001:2015

The Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) hereby informs all interested parties that the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) published an informative document (IAF ID10:2015), that was made available on the IAF’s website, whereby it was defined that the transition period in case of all certification bodies accredited as per ISO/IEC 17021:2011 was set to be 3 years from the from the date of publication of ISO 14001:2015. Within this period accredited certification bodies have to prepare for the certification of environmental management systems in line with the new edition of the standard.

Within the defined transition period ATS will, during regular surveillance assessments or reassessments of accredited certification bodies providing certification of management systems, perform assessments at the request of the certification bodies for the purpose of confirming the transition to the certification of environmental management systems as per SRPS ISO 14001:2015. Exceptionally, ATS can, at the request of the certification bodies, perform a separate assessment (in order to speed up the procedure) to confirm that the transition to the new edition of the standard was carried out prior to the planned regular surveillance assessment or reassessment.

Pursuant to the recommendations from the IAF ID10:2015 document, accreditation of certification bodies providing certification of management systems as per the requirements of SRPS ISO 14001:2005 will be valid until 14th September 2018 at the latest. Scopes of accreditation of those certification bodies providing certification of management systems as per the requirements of SRPS ISO 14001:2005 for which the transition to the new edition of the standard will not be confirmed by 14th September 2018, will be reduced so that the part pertaining to certification of environmental management systems could be excluded therefrom.

Accredited certification bodies providing certification of management systems, wishing to transfer to the accredited certification of environmental management systems as per the requirements of SRPS ISO 14001:2015, can, from 23rd November 2015, submit applications for the transition to the new edition of the standard.

In addition to the application, accredited certification bodies have to submit to ATS the following documents:

  • their own plan on how to transfer to the certification of environmental management systems as per the requirements of SRPS ISO 14001:2015 with defined deadlines for the performance of necessary activities relating to audit and certification activities as per the requirements of the new edition of the standard that should be drafted by using the CB-related instructions from the IAF ID10:2015 document;
  • information about the communication between certification bodies and their clients as regards the transition to the new edition of the standard (e.g. are the clients ready and how many of them are ready to perform certification as per the requirements of SRPS ISO/IEC 14001:2015 and information about the plans as regards the necessary amendments to the clients’ management systems);
  • information about the client’s transition process and arrangement as regards the new edition of the standard should include at least the following:

    -    planned audit mode (one visit or staged visit) for the purpose of transition to the new edition of the standard;
    -    planning of concrete audits, including the planned mode in which the audits are carried out to check the application of the requirements of the new edition of the standard;
    -   plans reviewing the differences between DIS, FDIS and final edition of the standard and performance of additional activities (if specific activities such as staff training were carried out as per DIS or FDIS versions of the standard);
    -    certification document control, including expiry date and transition period;

  • all management system documents that were amended due to transition to certification as per the new edition of the standard with clear identification of changes;
  • personnel competence criteria that were put in place (respective skills and knowledge identified by the certification body on the basis of the requirements of the new edition of the standard) and evidence of the personnel competence, including updated records on evaluated competence of relevant personnel and information whether the new edition of the standard had any effects on technical fields the personnel is competent for, and, if need be, delivered training materials.

ATS-performed assessments will include at least the review of submitted documentation, one witnessing visit and one on-site assessment.

Performed witnessing will be an integral part of witnessing planned to be carried out during regular surveillance activities or necessary witnessing visits when performing assessments for the purpose of accreditation renewal, and hence it will not be an additional activity/cost for accredited certification bodies. Those clients of certification bodies that have already applied SRPS ISO 14001:2015 will be selected for the purpose of witnessing.

Accredited certification bodies must ensure that certification expiry dates on issued certification documents after initial audit or recertification audit that was carried out as per the old version of the standard are in line with the transition period end date.

Accredited certification bodies can grant certification as per SRPS ISO 14001:2015 only after a decision was made by ATS on their transition to certification as per the new edition of the standard and if clients, the environmental management systems of which are to be certified, demonstrated conformance with SRPS ISO 14001:2015.

Certification bodies providing certification of management systems that are in the process of initial accreditation for certification of environmental management systems as per SRPS ISO 14001:2005, and that are interested to be granted accreditation for certification as per the requirements of SRPS ISO 14001:2015, are obliged to submit to ATS an application requiring the change of the requested scope of accreditation. Hence, ATS will harmonise its assessment activities with each certification body depending on the phase of the CB accreditation process.

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.

2nd April 2014

SRPS ISO TS 17021-3:2014 Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems – Part 3: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of quality management systems

This Technical Specification underpins ISO/IEC 17021 given that it explains in more detail the competence requirements for persons participating in certification process as defined in ISO/IEC 17021:2011, clause 7 and Annex A. The intention was to ensure that all QMS auditors and other personnel participating in certification-related activities have basic competences as described in SRPS ISO/IEC 17021, and specific QMS knowledge described in this Technical Specification.

Mandatory application of the Technical Specification will commence on 2nd May 2015 and hence all certification bodies are obliged to incorporate the requirements thereof in their management system.

ATS plans and intends to carry out all activities in the next period (changes in the management system documents, training of assessors and persons participating in decision-making) in order to harmonise the CB accreditation procedure as per the requirements of the Technical Specification.

ATS will commence assessing the application of the requirements of the Technical Specification on 1st October 2014 during initial assessments/regular surveillance assessments/reassessments of CBs. Failure to fulfil the requirements of the Technical Specification shall require undertaking of relevant actions as defined in the Accreditation Rules.

It is important to emphasise that ISO/IEC 17021 consists of the following parts and its general title reads as follows “General requirements — Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems”:

  • Part 2: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of environmental management systems (Technical Specification)
  •  Part 3: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of quality management systems (Technical Specification).

Moreover, the following document was published on 30.09.2013:

  • Part 4: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of event sustainability management systems (Technical Specification).

The following parts are being prepared:

  • Part 5: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of asset management systems (Technical Specification)
  •  Part 6: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of business continuity management systems (Technical Specification)
  •  Part 7: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of road traffic safety management systems (Technical Specification).

It was planned that the following revision of ISO/IEC 17021:2011 would become a standard (ISO/IEC 17021-1).

5th September 2013

SRPS ISO TS 17021-2:2013 Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems – Part 2: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of environmental management systems
 
SRPS ISO/IEC 17021 provides generic competence requirements for personnel involved in the audit and certification process for Environmental Management Systems (EMS). In addition to the said competence, certification bodies (CBs) shall also have EMS auditors having specific knowledge defined in SRPS ISO TS 17021-2:2013.

CBs are obliged to define the competence requirements for each EMS technical field of relevance and for each certification-related function.

The mandatory application of the Technical Specification will start on 15th August 2014 and therefore all CBs are obliged to apply the requirements of the said Specification in their management systems.

ATS planned all activities and carried out all of them (changes in the management system documents, training of assessors and persons participating in decision-making) in order to harmonise the accreditation of CBs as per the requirements of the Technical Specification.

ATS will commence assessing the application of the requirements of the Technical Specification on 1st January 2014 during regular surveillance assessments/reassessments of CBs. Failure to fulfil the requirements of the Technical Specification shall require undertaking of relevant actions as defined in the Rules 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.

19th June 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, Accreditation Rules 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 changed the assessment procedure in case of certification bodies providing certification of management systems (ATS-UP17, Assessment of Certification Bodies Providing Certification of Management Systems) to harmonise it with IAF MD10:2013, IAF Mandatory Document for Assessment of Certification Body Management of Competence in Accordance with ISO/IEC 17021:2011. The document is intended for the ATS employees that are involved in the assessment procedure and for external assessors/technical experts.

The procedure entitled ATS-PR14, Witnessing Criteria was changed to mirror the recommendations of the European co-operation for Accreditation in terms of requirements for certification bodies providing certification of management systems. The said criteria are available on request.

ATS translated the following mandatory IAF documents and adopted them as part of its own documented management system: IAF МD5:2013, Duration of QMS and EMS Audits as ATS-UP16, Duration of QMS and EMS Audits and IAF MD 11:2013, IAF Mandatory Document for the Application of ISO/IEC 17021 for Audits of Integrated Management Systems as ATS-UP31, Application of ISO/IEC 17021 for Audits of Integrated Management Systems.

ATS is drafting the activity plan as regards the application of the mandatory document entitled ISO/IEC 17021-2, Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems - Part 2: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of environmental management systems.

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.

25th February 2013

Transitional period for the application of the new version of SRPS ISO/IEC 17021 (SRPS ISO/IEC 17021:2011) ended

On 1st February 2013, the Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) finalised all activities related to the transitional period for the application of the new version of SRPS ISO/IEC 17021 (SRPS ISO/IEC 17021:2011) pertaining to the work of certification bodies providing certification of management systems. ATS assessed the application of the new version of the standard at the CB head offices during regular surveillance assessments or reassessments.

The necessary changes in the CB management systems (changes in the procedures, new or amended criteria for auditor competence, etc.) were made in keeping with the plans for the transition to the new version of the standard that were prepared by CBs. ATS made, on the basis of the assessment results, adequate decisions, whereas accreditation certificates were changed and new accreditation symbols were issued.

20th July 2012

FAMI-QS scheme accepted by EA and covered by the EA MLA

According to the EA procedure for the acceptance of schemes covered by the EA MLA, EA commenced assessment of the FAMI-QS (European Feed Additives and Premixtures Quality System) scheme in April 2010.

After the assessment has been performed, EA HHC (Horizontal Harmonization Committee) the TFG in charge of reviewing the scheme (Working Group) finalised its Final Report on 28th February 2012 where they provided a recommendation that FAMI-QS scheme should be accepted by EA under ISO/IEC 17021 for inclusion into the EA MLA.

Voting process was successfully finalised on 2nd July 2012.

1st December 2011

The Accreditation Body of Serbia produced the document entitled ATS-UP 19, Differences between SRPS ISO/IEC 17021:2007 and SRPS ISO/IEC 17021:2011 that is intended for accredited certification bodies operating certification of management systems accredited as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17021:2007 and preparing for the transition to the new version of the standard.

25th June 2011

Application of ISO/IEC 17021:2011

The International Accreditation Forum (IAF), after consultation with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), set 1st February 2013 as the start date for the application of ISO/IEC 17021:2011.

IAF issued the informative document entitled IAF ID2:2011 that is available at the IAF website where a transitional period for all CABs accredited as per ISO/IEC 17021:2006 was set to be 24 months from the date of its publication to adapt to the requirements of the new standard.

Text of ISO/IEC 17021:2011 stayed almost the same when compared with the existing ISO/IEC 17021:2006, but it contains additional requirements for the certification process in terms of management system auditing performed by third parties and competence of persons involved in the certification process.

The Institute for Standardization confirmed that the new version of the standard would be available in the Republic of Serbia at the end of July 2011.

New requirements for accreditation

From 1st September 2011, the ATS will no longer accept new applications for accreditation as per ISO/IEC 17021:2006.

From 1st February 2012 the ATS will grant new accreditations only as per ISO/IEC 17021:2011.

Accredited CABs as per ISO/IEC 17021:2006 – transitional period

All CABs accredited as per ISO/IEC 17021:2006 must prepare the transition plan that will present the changes in their management systems and time period needed for the implementation thereof. It is recommended that the ATS should agree to this plan prior to regular assessments at head offices of certification bodies by 15th October 2011 at the latest for each case.

Transition to ISO/IEC 17021:2011 can also require more complex changes, amendments to procedures, establishment of the new training regimes or amendments to the existing ones, development of software systems and application of systems used to prove competence.

The ATS will check the application of the requirements of the new standard at the head offices of certification bodies during regular surveillance assessments or reassessments aiming at renewing accreditation. If not otherwise agreed, all assessments after 15th October 2011 will be performed in line with the requirements of the new standard.

If nonconformities are identified during assessments, certification bodies will be obliged to eliminate the cause thereof in accordance with the ATS procedure before the expiry of the transitional period so that the accreditation could be granted. In order to ensure elimination of the causes of all nonconformities within the deadline, evidence of the elimination thereof must be submitted to the ATS by 1st November 2012 at the latest.

In case when certification bodies do not have capacities to perform some of the activities defined in the plan before 1st February 2013 (for example: delivery of training and evaluation of their commercial staffs in order to fulfil the requirements of the mandatory Annex A of ISO/IEC 17021:2011), the ATS will identify these changes as observations and those should not affect the ATS decision if the implementation of the plan had already been agreed and that the implementation in case of all other clauses is as planned.

After the expiry of the transitional period, i.e. after 1st February 2013, the work of all accredited certification bodies must be in conformance with ISO/IEC 17021:2011.

New schemes of accreditation

In case of applications for accreditation that require the development of the new scheme of accreditation based on ISO/IEC 17021, the new version of the standard will be immediately applied.
 

Information of Special Importance to Certification Bodies Providing Certification of Persons

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.

5th November 2013

Assessments as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17024:2012

Following the 18th April 2013 information we hereby inform you that on 15.10.2013 the Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) commenced performing assessments as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17024:2012 Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons. However, it shall not accept new applications for accreditation as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17024:2005 from this date onwards. Certification bodies (CBs) providing certification of persons the SRPS ISO/IEC 17024:2005 assessments of which have already started will be given a possibility to choose the edition of the standard to be used for the finalisation of the assessment procedure. After 01.06.2014 ATS shall no longer grant accreditations as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17024:2005.

Assessments of accredited CBs operating certification of persons in terms of transition/approximation to or harmonisation with the new edition of the standard will be carried out during regular surveillance assessments but no later than 01.02.2015. 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 2012 standard requirements. This document will be used by the ATS assessment teams when performing assessments.

After 01.07.2015 accreditations granted as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17024:2005 shall no longer be valid. Accreditations granted to accredited CBs operating certification of persons that fail to adapt to the new edition of the standard shall no longer be valid.

18th April 2013

SRPS ISO/IEC 17024:2012 Conformity assessment - General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons

New edition of ISO/IEC 17024:2012 Conformity assessment - General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons was published on 1st July 2012.

Hence the International Accredirtation Forum (IAF) made a decision that a transitional period for the application of the new edition of ISO/IEC 17024, ISO/IEC 17024:2012, should be 3 years from the date of issue which means that all conformity assessment bodies accredited as per ISO/IEC 17024:2003 should, by 01.07.2015, harmonise their activities with ISO/IEC 17024:2012.

When compared with the previous edition of the standard 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,
  • Upgrade taking into account elements of IAF GD24:2009 guidance document,
  • Revision of terms and definitions.

On 24th September 2012 the Institute for Standardization of Serbia published SRPS ISO/IEC 17024:2012 Conformity assessment - General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons. This edition of the standard repeals and replaces SRPS ISO/IEC 17024:2005.

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 persons as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17024:2012.

ATS will commence performing assessments as per the new edition of the standard by 15th October 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 persons in terms of transition/approximation/harmonisation with the new edition of the standard will be carried out during regular surveillance assessments.
 
After 01.07.2015 accreditations granted as per SRPS ISO/IEC 17024:2005 shall no longer be valid.