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Meeting with CUTIS project representatives

Meeting with CUTIS project representatives

On October 24, 2016 at the premises of NAAU a working meeting between NAAU management and representatives of «Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project» took place. CUTIS – is a 5 year development assistance project funded by Global Affairs Canada and executed by Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) in partnership with Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce (CUCC). The project began its activity in February 2016 and will continue till February 2021. The main beneficiary of the project is the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine. Goal of the Project is to increase exports from Ukraine to Canada and attracting Canadian investments to Ukraine within the framework of the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Ukraine.

One of the aspects of the project is to strengthen the capacity of Ukrainian testing laboratories throughout testing products priority areas, training staff and providing them with recommendations to improve testing procedures to the standards level of Canada.

The following items were discussed during the meeting:

- NAAU recognition at European and international levels;

- Mutual recognition of standards of Canada and Ukraine;

- Comparison of accreditation procedures in Canada and Ukraine;

- Discussion of the implementation of the Agreement between Canada and Ukraine in terms of accreditation.

During the meeting the sides agreed to further cooperate within the Project with NAAU in order to overcome non-tariff barriers to trade between Canada and Ukraine.

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Workshop on accreditation of medical laboratory

Workshop “Accreditation of medical laboratories according to the requirements of ДСТУ EN ISO 15189:2015″ organized by NAAU took place on 20th of October at EC “KyivExpoPlaza” within the framework of International Healthcare Management Forum.

The workshop was held with the participation of NAAU Deputy Chairman – Head of the department for  planning and organizing – Valerii Krasiuk, the Head of the Division for Surveillance of Accredited Laboratories of NAAU – Andrii Budnik, Leading Specialist of the Division for accreditation of laboratories of NAAU, Ph.D. degree in biology – Shevchenko L.Y, Head of the Science Center, medical innovation monitoring of hospital “Feofania”, PhD in Medicine, professor Kotuza A. and Deputy CEO of the quality of medical laboratory “DILA” Krasnov V.V.

The following items were discussed during the meeting:

- Information concerning NAAU activity and authorities;

- Review of ДСТУ EN 15189:2015 Medical laboratories – Requirements for quality and competence;

- Practical aspects of accreditation field standards requirements implementation in the activities of medical laboratories with an example of “Dila “Testing Laboratory Accreditation;

- Experience of the development, implementation and accreditation of a quality management system at diagnostic laboratory of “Feofania” Hospital for compliance with the EN ISO 15189: 2015 “Medical laboratories -requirements for quality and  competence”;

- NAAU procedure for accreditation of medical laboratories.

During the workshop NAAU Chairman, Victor Gorytskyy handed the first certificate of accreditation in compliance with the ДСТУ EN ISO 15189: 2015 “Medical laboratories -requirements for quality and competence issued for medical laboratory “DILA”

The workshop was attended by 200 representatives of medical laboratories, clinical and pediatric hospitals, medical and clinical diagnostic centers.

Participants expressed their interest in implementing  ДСТУ EN ISO 15189: 2015, the accreditation procedure of NAAU as well as in training of medical laboratories personnel.

NAAU Accreditation Council Meeting

The meeting of the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine (NAAU) Accreditation Council took place on July 26, 2016 at the premises of the Department for Technical regulation of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine (hereinafter – MEDT).

Seventeen members of the Council took part in the meeting, they are representatives of public authorities, scientific establishments (unions, associations) and accredited conformity assessment bodies. NAAU Chairman, NAAU employees and representatives of MEDT had also participated in the meeting.

The following items were considered:

- the results of working group progress on considering the matter of appeals regarding NAAU activities;

- the endorsement of amendments made to NAAU Appeals Commission;

- the letter of MEDT of 23.05.2016 regarding accreditation scopes of conformity assessment bodies;

- revision of 4 NAAU policies.

The following decisions were made upon Meeting Minutes consideration:

-  to endorse the letter regarding the results of considering the appeals of national deputy Kryvosheya on NAAU activities and to direct the letter to two Comities of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine as well as to the parliamentary faction of the Political Party “NARODNIY FRONT” and also to forward the information of this decision to Stepan Kubiv, First-Vice-Prime Minister – Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine;

- to endorse and to recommend for application new revisions of NAAU policies;

- to recommend NAAU to get in touch with the Technical Committee for Accreditation regarding the classification of CAB violations that occur in the process of accreditation and further activities and are related to the term “gross violations”, identified in art. 11 of the Law of Ukraine “On Conformity Assessment Bodies Accreditation”;

- to agree the after discussion amendments made to the Provision on the Appeals Commission of NAAU;

-  to take note of the information regarding a sole approach towards forming accreditation scopes for conformity assessment bodies.

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Welcome speech of NAAU Chairman

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Accreditation Council Meeting

On June 22, 2016 at the premises of the Department on Technical Regulation of the Ministry for Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine (hereinafter – MEDT) a regular meeting of Accreditation Council of NAAU took place.

The meeting was attended by 17 members of the Council – representatives of executive powers, scientific institutions (unions, associations) and accredited conformity assessment bodies, the Chairman and staff of NAAU and the representatives of MEDT.

The following items were discussed during the meeting:

  • NAAU Annual report 2015.
  • Information on analysis of potential conflicts of interest that may arise from NAAU activities and related bodies.
  • Matters regarding requests on NAAU activities.
  • Matters concerning requests of the Council members regarding the extension of quantitative composition of the Accreditation Council.
  • Review of 4 NAAU policies.

Council members were provided with information on NAAU activities and prospects of its development. Upon consideration of the obtained information, members of the Accreditation Council unanimously decided to approve the report of the Chairman on the results of NAAU activities in 2015 and the first half of 2016, and to recognize the activities of NAAU as satisfactory.

EA General Assembly meeting

In the period of May 25 – 26, 2016 a 37th meeting of European Co-operation for Accreditation General Assembly (EA GA) took place in Windsor, United Kingdom. The meeting was attended by the NAAU Chairman, Viktor Gorytskyy and Chief Specialist of the Division for International Cooperation, Information Support and Quality, Volodymyr Koveshnikov.

The following issues were discussed during the meeting:

  • EA cooperation with other international organizations that act within generic quality infrastructure.
  • Accreditation for notification procedure;
  • Current EA procedures, amendments and the development of new regulatory documents;
  • Relations with the European Commission and the states of European Free Trade Association;
  • Approval of amendments to the EA Articles of Association;
  • Consideration of draft EA development program up to 2025;
  • Reports of the Chairs of the Committees and representatives of stakeholders were heard

Upon the results of GA Meeting following decisions were made:

  • All members of EA, including the signatories of Bilateral Agreements on recognition shall be entitled to vote at meetings of EA Multilateral Agreement Council (EA MAC);
  • Status of EA 2/17 ” EA guidance on the horizontal requirements for the accreditation of conformity assessment bodies for notification purposes” will be reviewed, after which the status will be changed from the Information to Mandatory;
  • International Federation of Inspection Agencies officially was recognized as a stakeholder, a corresponding agreement was signed;
  • The Chair and the Executive Secretary of EA are authorized to sign Bilateral Agreement on cooperation between EA and the Standardization Council of Canada;
  • Mandatory documents of  IAF and ILAC, that are obligatory for ЕА and its members, will be approved automatically (without specific decisions of GA);
  • Extension of ЕA MLA for ISO/IEC 17043 is planned to be obtained before April 2017.

NAAU issued a new document in compliance with the requirements of ISO/TS 22003:2013

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BIPM – IFFC –ILAC declaration on cooperation

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PTA ILC schedule

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ISO CASCO continues development of the competence requirements

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Meeting with the technical mission of the World Bank

On April 26 2016, a meeting between the represantatives of NAAU and the technical mission of World Bank Group took place at the premises of NAAU, the aim of the mission is to start the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) Gap Assessment in support of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade(MEDT) reform efforts to facilitate the access for the Ukrainian goods to the advanced markets of the European Union countries. The mission consists of Mr. Andrei Mìkhnev, Head of the trade and Competitiveness Unit, Mr. Hussein Ugur, NQI Expert and Ms. Iryna Kuzmina, T&C Consultant.

The following items were discussed during the meeting:
- procedures of accreditation and issues related to NAAU cooperation with other organizations within the framework of Quality Infrastructure system of Ukraine;
- ensuring of metrological traceability, accreditation of calibration laboratories, and participation of accredited Ukrainian laboratories in the programs of inter-laboratory comparisons of test results;
-NAAU recruitment procedure with the competence required, especially for perpective fields of NAAU activities.

It was agreed during the meeting to continue further deepening of cooperation between the project Draft and NAAU to jointly improve interaction of organizations within the framework of Quality infrastructure.

Workshop on maintenance competence for personnel involved in accreditation of management systems certification bodies against ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015

On April 22, 2016 workshop on competence maintenance for personnel involved in accreditation of management systems certification bodies against ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 “Confirmity Assessment. Requirements for the bodies providing audit and certification of management systems – part 1 ” took place at the premises of the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine.

32 people attended this event, including:
-15 – internal NAAU staff;
-18 – external NAAU staff.

Meeting with the representatives of Swiss-Ukrainian project “Development of organic market in Ukraine”

On April 21, 2016 a meeting at the premises of NAAU between the representatives of NAAU and partners of Swiss-Ukrainian project “Development of organic market in Ukraine”, which is being provided by the Research institute of organic agriculture (FIBL, Switzerland) took place Jiri Urban – the head of the Department of Plant Growing of Czech Republic State Inspectorate – Central Institute of supervision and inspection in agriculture (UKZUZ) and manager of the Swiss-Ukrainian project, Natalia Prokopchuk took part in the meeting.

Considering significance of the matter of organic agriculture production in Ukraine and the potential possibility of the support of organic producers at the region, current Law of Ukraine №425-VII dated 03.09.2013 “On the Production and Circulation of Agricultural Products and Raw materials” was implemented. The organic market development is being integrated in a single comprehensive strategy  of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine aimed at the development of agriculture and rural areas for the nearest years of 2015-2020.

The following issues regarding the interest in the exchange of experience and the need for coordinated work between officials and organic sector were discussed during the meeting:
- availability of experts in the field of organic products in Ukraine;
- capability of NAAU to carry out accreditation of organic products certification bodies;
- possibility of organic products certification training for NAAU specialists.

A work meeting with the representatives of UN project

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Implementation of ISO/ IEC 27006:2015

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Meeting of Attestation Commission of personnel for accreditation

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Transition to ДСТУ ISO 9001:2015 and ДСТУ ISO 14001:2015

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Implementation of ДСТУ ISO 14065:2015

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For CAB attention: Implementation of ISO/TS 22003:2013

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Transition to ISO/IEC 17021-1

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