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Training in the field of energy management systems according to ISO 50001:2018 and ISO 50003:2014

December 4 – 6, 2018 NAAU specialists participated in the training on ISO 50001:2018 and ISO 50003:2014 provided by UNIDO. The training was attended by 22 persons who are NAAU internal and external accreditation assessors of management systems certification bodies. The seminar was conducted by Wendy da Cruz, UNIDO International EnMS Expert.

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The UNIDO/GEF UKR IEE Project “Introduction of Energy Management System Standard in Ukrainian Industry” aims to assist the Government of Ukraine in the implementation of sustainable and effective industrial energy consumption practices. The Project will reach this goal by establishing and promoting the concept of industrial energy efficiency (EE) through the implementation of Energy Management Systems (EnMS) in accordance with the ISO 50001 standards and Energy Systems Optimization (ESO).

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The internal and external accreditation personnel increased its awareness of the provisions of ISO 50001:2018 and ISO 50003:2014, fulfilled a number of practical tasks and passed an appropriate self-assessment test.

Thus, NAAU fulfilled the requirements of IAF Resolution 2017-14 – Transitional Arrangements for the revision of ISO 50001:2011 regarding measures required for the transition of accredited conformity assessment bodies to the revised standard ISO 50001:2018 in increasing the competence of NAAU accreditation personnel.

The deadline for the transition to ISO 50001:2018 for accredited CABs is 18 months (21 February 2020) from the date of publication of the revised standard.

NAAU expresses its gratitude to the UNIDO/GEF UKR IEE Project for the high professional level demonstrated in the course of organizing and conducting this training.

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Meeting of the Attestation Commission for Accreditation Personnel

On December 3, 2018, a regular meeting of the Attestation Commission for Accreditation Personnel of the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine was held in order to attest the accreditation personnel.

During the meeting, NAAU regular staff and non-staff personnel candidates were considered and discussed in terms of their attestation as assessors and lead assessors in all areas of CAB accreditation.

Based on interviews with candidates and consideration of personal files, the Commission made the following decision:

- to attest 13 experts as assessors;

- to attest 1 assessor as a lead assessor;

- to postpone attestation of 1 expert until the next meeting of the Attestation Commission.

Seminar for experts in the accreditation of medical laboratories

On November 30, 2018, the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine held a seminar with the view of maintaining competence of experts in the accreditation of medical laboratories against the requirements of ДСТУ EN/ISO 15189:2015.

The seminar was attended by 8 non-staff experts in the accreditation of medical laboratories.

The seminar was held by I. Kyslovska, lecturer of the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine, Chief Specialist of the Division for Clinical and Medical Laboratories Accreditation.

During the seminar, the following issues were considered:

Getting familiarized with EA and ILAC documents, which are mandatory during accreditation, namely:

1) EA 4/20G:2014 – Guidance for the Assessment of Laboratories against EN ISO 15189 and EN ISO 22870 Point-of-Care Testing (POCT);

2) EA-4/17 M:2008 – EA position paper on the description of scopes of accreditation of medical laboratories;

3) EA-4/16 G:2003 – EA guidelines on the expression of uncertainty in quantitative testing;

4) ILAC P9:06/2014 – ILAC Policy for Participation in Proficiency Testing Activities;

5) ILAC P10:01/2013 – ILAC Policy on Traceability of Measurement Results.

Participants of the seminar actively engaged in discussing the proposed topics, asked questions and made suggestions for improving the work of NAAU accreditation personnel.

Seminar “Accreditation of Conformity Assessment Bodies in the Field of Wheeled Vehicles: Experience Gained and Accreditation Procedures”

On November 16, 2018, the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine held a seminar “Accreditation of Conformity Assessment Bodies in the Field of Wheeled Vehicles: Experience Gained and Accreditation Procedures”. In order to cover technical issues in the field of wheeled vehicles, representatives of the State Enterprise “The State Road Transport Research Institute” participated in the seminar.

More than 200 representatives of conformity assessment bodies working in the field of wheeled vehicles participated in this event.

During the seminar, the following issues were considered:

- Tasks facing the society, management bodies and business entities.

- Problem issues related to accreditation of testing laboratories and inspection bodies in the field of wheeled vehicles.

- Legislation of the EU and Ukraine on technical inspection of wheeled vehicles and main ways to increase work reliability of inspection stations.

- Specific features of research in the field of technical inspection of wheeled vehicles, practical accreditation of the testing laboratory, and non-conformities of wheeled vehicles, which identification requires special knowledge and experience of staff working in QC department subjects (laboratories) (examples and explanations).

Participants of the seminar had the possibility to outline critical issues as well as to participate in the working discussion on the accreditation process of wheeled vehicles.

Seminar for accreditation personnel

On October 18, 2018, the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine held a seminar with the view of maintaining competence of accreditation personnel.

223 people participated in this event, of which:
– 27 people – NAAU regular staff;
– 196 persons – NAAU non-staff personnel.

During the seminar, the following issues were considered:

- Current status and prospects of development of the National Accreditation System of Ukraine;
- reasons for canceling the assessor and / or expert status;
- responsibility of the NAAU non-staff personnel for performing accreditation and monitoring works;
- prevention of corruption in the performance of staff;
- practical guidance on the assessment of laboratories for compliance with the requirements of ДСТУ ISO/IEC 17025:2017;
- requirements for performing accreditation works in accordance with ДСТУ EN ISO/IEC 17065:2014 and formalization of documents by their results;
- requirements for performing accreditation works in accordance with ДСТУ EN ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 and formalization of documents by their results;
- requirements for performing accreditation works in accordance with ДСТУ EN ISO/IEC 17020:2014 and formalization of documents by their results;
- requirements for performing accreditation works in accordance with ДСТУ EN ISO/IEC 17024:2014 and formalization of documents by their results.

During the seminar, the following persons presented their reports:

- V. Gorytskyy, Chairman of NAAU;
- V. Krasiuk Deputy Chairman of NAAU;
- I. Sinkova, Head of NAAU Legal Department;
- I. Striletskyi, Chief Specialist of the Department for the Prevention and Detection of Corruption, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine;
- I. Gogoman, Chief Specialist of the Department for Laboratory Accreditation of NAAU;
- V. Burkovskyi, Head of Division for Surveillance of Accredited Bodies of NAAU;
- S. Yankovych, Chief Specialist of Division for Accreditation of Certification Bodies of NAAU;
- O. Kvasha, Chief Specialist of Division for Accreditation of Inspection Bodies of NAAU;
- V. Filvarkovyi, Leading Specialist of Division for Accreditation of Certification Bodies of NAAU.

Participants of the seminar actively engaged in the discussion of proposed topics and expressed a number of suggestions on improving the work of NAAU accreditation personnel.

For the attention of all accredited management systems certification bodies

In order to implement the international standard ISO 45001:2018 – “Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use” in NAAU activities, the appropriate order No. 840 д was approved on May 31, 2018, according to IAF MD 21:2018 “Requirements for the Migration to ISO 45001:2018 from OHSAS 18001:2007” and in view of the three-year transitional period established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).

Pursuant to the above order, the following measures will be taken by NAAU:

- Starting from January 1, 2019, applications for accreditation and conduct of all assessments of conformity assessment bodies (hereinafter referred to as CABs) will be accepted with regard to ISO 45001:2018.

- Starting from January 1, 2020, applications for accreditation and conduct of all CAB assessments will be accepted only with respect to ISO 45001:2018.

- Starting from March 12, 2021, scopes of accreditation of management systems CABs will be limited as regards certification of occupational health and safety management systems against the requirements of OHSAS 18001:2007.

Seminar for maintaining competence of accreditation personnel of inspection bodies

On July 9, 2018, the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine held a seminar for maintaining competence of personnel for accreditation of inspection bodies.

This event was attended by 12 people.
During the seminar, the following issues were considered:
- application of ILAC-P15:06/2016 and EA-5/02 INF:2015 during accreditation works of inspection bodies;
- rules for filing reports on documentation review, on-site assessment and witnessing, a list of assessed data and IB descriptor;
- formalization of nonconformity reports;
- formation of the scope of accreditation.
The seminar was held with the participation of V. Kolomiyets, lecturer of the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine, Head of Division for Accreditation of Inspection Bodies.
Participants of the seminar actively engaged in the discussion of proposed topics and expressed a number of suggestions on improving the work of NAAU accreditation personnel.

Meeting of the Attestation Commission for Accreditation Personnel

On July 5, 2018, a regular meeting of the Attestation Commission for Accreditation Personnel of the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine was held in order to assess the appropriate level of competence of accreditation personnel.

During the meeting, NAAU regular staff candidates were considered and discussed in terms of their attestation as assessors and lead assessors in all areas of NAAU activity. In addition, the status of 3 assessors who violated the “Qualification requirements, procedure and attestation rules for accreditation personnel”, as well as the “Code of Professional Conduct for Accreditation Personnel” was discussed.

Based on interviews with candidates and consideration of personal files, the Commission made the following decision:
- to attest 1 expert as assessor;
- to attest 2 assessors as lead assessors;
- cancel the certificates of 3 assessors.

Seminar for maintaining competence of accreditation personnel of testing laboratories

On June 25, 2018, the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine held a workshop with the view of maintaining competence of personnel for accreditation of testing laboratories.

The event was attended by 113 people, of whom:
- 4 persons – NAAU regular staff;
- 109 persons – NAAU non-staff personnel.
During the seminar, the following issues were considered:
- provisions of ДСТУ ISO/IEC 17025:2017;
- requirements for accreditation works and paperwork on their results;
- use of accreditation marks in accordance with NAAU policy;
- topical issues of testing laboratories accreditation (according to EA, ILAC documents and NAAU policies);
- NAAU policy on measurement traceability conducted by conformity assessment bodies according to the declared scope of accreditation;
- NAAU policy on accredited CABs data retrieval.

The workshop was held with the participation of I. Gogoman, lecturer of the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine, Chief Specialist of Division for Laboratories Accreditation.
Participants of the seminar actively engaged in the discussion of proposed topics. Topical issues related to the implementation of ДСТУ ISO/IEC 17025:2017, as well as to maintaining competence of NAAU accreditation personnel were discussed.

Seminar for maintaining competence of accreditation personnel of management system certification bodies

On May 29, 2018, the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine held a workshop with the view of maintaining competence of accreditation personnel of management system certification bodies.

36 people participated in this event, of which:
- 8 persons – NAAU regular staff;
- 28 persons – NAAU non-staff personnel.

During the seminar, the following issues were considered:
- provisions of ДСТУ EN ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015;
- analysis of ДСТУ ISO/IEC TS 17021-2:2016 and ДСТУ ISO/IEC TS 17021-3:2017;
- requirements for accreditation works and paperwork on their results;
- use of accreditation marks in accordance with NAAU policy;
- consideration of IAF Mandatory Documents;
- provisions of ISO/TS 22003:2013;
- requirements of IAF MD 16.

The following persons spoke on behalf of NAAU at the seminar:
- T. Koveshnikova, First Deputy Chairman on Accreditation Matters;
- O. Krylov, Head of Department for Accreditation of Certification and Inspection Bodies;
- V. Gomenyuk, Deputy Head of Department-Head of Division for Accreditation of Certification Bodies;
- O. Romanovych, Deputy Head of Department, Head of Division for International Cooperation, Scientific Activities and Quality;
- S.Yankovych, Chief Specialist of Division for Accreditation of Certification Bodies;
- M. Ganechko, Chief Specialist of Division for Accreditation of Inspection Bodies.
Participants of the seminar actively engaged in the discussion of proposed topics and expressed a number of suggestions on improving the work of NAAU accreditation personnel.

Expanding NAAU recognition within the framework of the International Accreditation Forum

The National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine informs that during the Joint IAF-ILAC Mid-Term Meetings, which took place in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on 4 and 11 April 2018, a decision was made to recognize NAAU by the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA) in 4 subfields of the IAF Multilateral Agreement (IAF MLA), namely:

  • ISO 50001 – “Energy management systems – Requirements with guidance for use”
  • ISO/IEC 27001 – “Information security management systems – Requirements”
  • ISO 13485 – “Medical devices – Quality management systems – Requirements for regulatory purposes”
  • ISO 22000 – ” Food safety management systems – Requirements for any organization in the food chain”

Thus, all EA members, including NAAU, who are recognized in similar areas within the EA, have automatically become signatories to the IAF MLA in the above sub-fields.

This enables CABs accredited by NAAU to use the combined IAF MLA mark within the scope of NAAU recognition by IAF in its certification documents provided that the relevant license agreement with NAAU is signed.

Detailed information regarding subfields of NAAU recognition by IAF can be found here

Meeting of the Presidium of the Technical Committee on Accreditation

On April 20, 2018, a meeting of the Presidium of the Technical Committee on Accreditation was held at NAAU premises.

 During the meeting, the following was heard:
- information of V. Gorytskyy, Chairman of NAAU, on NAAU activity in 2017-2018;
- report of B. Korotkov, TCA Chairman, on TCA activities in 2017-2018;
- information on the tasks and directions of TCA activities in 2018.

In addition, the following issues were discussed:
- Draft unofficial NAAU translation of the international standard ISO/IEC 17025:2017 – “General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories”;
- implementation of EA-2/17 requirements in NAAU activity;
- implementing provisions of the international standard ISO/IEC 17011:2017 – “Conformity assessment – General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies”.

Working meeting with UNIDO representatives

March 20, 2018, a working meeting with the representatives of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Mr. Nigel Croft and Mrs. Dominika Dor at NAAU premises was held in the framework of their visit to Ukraine with the aim to set up a technical support project in the field of woodworking industry.

The proposed UNIDO project is aimed at eliminating barriers and providing favorable conditions for the trade in timber processing, which in particular concerns small and medium-sized enterprises of the woodworking industry.

It is planned that the project will cover three main components:

- strengthening quality infrastructure management in Ukraine;

- cooperation with small and medium enterprises of Ukraine;

- promoting the development and enhancement of the quality culture in Ukraine

The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine, the State Enterprise “Ukrainian Research and Training Center for Standardization, Certification and Quality”, national metrology institutes, as well as enterprises and organizations of the woodworking industry are planned to be involved in the UNIDO project.

In the context of discussing the areas of technical support in the sphere of woodworking industry, NAAU made suggestions and recommendations on the support of the UNIDO project.

During the meeting, arrangements were made for further cooperation with NAAU within the framework of the Project in order to overcome the barriers to trade for products of the woodworking industry.

The workshop was conducted to maintain the competence of the personnel for accreditation of calibration laboratories

December 21, 2017 the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine held a workshop to maintain the competence of the personnel for accreditation of calibration laboratories (CL). The workshop was attended by 12 external experts and assessors for accreditation of calibration laboratories.

The workshop was moderated by the lecturer of the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine, Chief Specialist of the Laboratory Accreditation Department M. Yatsun.

During the workshop the following issues were discussed:

-          basics of CL assessment in accordance with NAAU procedures;

-          current issues regarding CL accreditation (taking into account EA, ILAC documents and NAAU policies);

-          review of methods during on-site assessment.

The participants of the workshop took an active part in the discussion of the proposed topics, asked a lot of questions and made their suggestions for NAAU accreditation personnel work improvement.

Workshop for maintaining the competence of the personnel for accreditation of products, processes and services certification bodies

December 18, 2017 the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine held a workshop to maintain the competence of the personnel for accreditation of products, processes and services certification bodies.

The workshop was attended by 27 external experts and assessors for accreditation of products, processes and services certification bodies.

The seminar was moderated by the lecturer of the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine, the Deputy Head of the Department-Head of the Division for Accreditation of Certification Bodies V. Gomeniuk.

During the workshop the following issues were discussed:

-          provisions of document GD-08.01.34 «Special requirements for conformity assessment bodies, as defined in the technical regulations»;

-          Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated January 13, 2016 No. 56 “On approval of special requirements for designated conformity assessment bodies”;

-          requirements of document EA 2/17 M: 2016 “EA document on accreditation for notification purposes”.

The participants of the workshop took an active part in the discussion of the proposed topics, asked a lot of questions and made their suggestions for improvement of the work that is performed by NAAU accreditation personnel.

Meeting of the Attestation Commission for Accreditation Personnel

In order to determine the appropriate level of competence of accreditation personnel, the scheduled meeting of the attestation commission of the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine was held December 11, 2017.

At the meeting the candidates of internal and external accreditation personnel were considered and discussed. The aforementioned candidates were seeking the status of assessor or lead assessor in all the spheres of NAAU activities.

According to the results of the interviews and the review of candidates’ personal records, the Commission made the following decisions:

-          to certify 13 experts for the status of assessor;

-          to certify 6 assessors for the status of lead assessor;

-          to re-certify 15 assessors;

-          to re-certify 7 lead assessors;

-          to refuse to re-certify 1 assessor.

Workshop for experts on accreditation of medical laboratories

October 30, 2017, the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine held a seminar to maintain the competence of experts on the accreditation of medical laboratories against the requirements of the standard DSTU EN/ISO 15189:2015.

The workshop was attended by 8 external experts on accreditation of medical laboratories.

The lecturer and the head of the Division for Accreditation of Clinical and Medical Laboratories Liudmyla Shevchenko moderated the workshop.

The following issues were discussed during the workshop:

-       rules for drafting reports on the documentation review and on-site assessment of medical laboratories;

-       registration of non-conformity protocols;

-       drafting accreditation scopes

The participants of the workshop took an active part in the discussion of the proposed topics, asked a lot of questions and made their suggestions for NAAU accreditation personnel work improvement

International Conference on Improving the Transparency of Supply Chains for Organic Agricultural and Food Products

The NAAU delegation headed by Chairman Viktor Goritsky took part in the International Conference “Improving Integrity of Organic Production Chains,” held on September 21-22 in Odessa with support of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.

The conference was attended by 170 participants – key representatives from organic production and distribution chains and the organic sector, competent authorities, control bodies and consumers from 14 countries, including Ukraine, the EU, Switzerland and the USA. The conference was organized within the framework of the Anti-Fraud Initiative by Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Agro Eco, GfRS (Resources Protection Society) in cooperation with International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM – Organics International) and the European Organic Certifiers Council (EOCC). The event was introduced within the framework of two Swiss-Ukrainian projects: “The development of the organic market in Ukraine” and “Consolidation of local certification bodies”, implemented with the financial support of the State Secretariat of Switzerland for Economic Affairs (SECO).

The aim of this conference  was securing and expanding Ukraine exports to Western Europe and the US by:

  • creating awareness on the import country requirements in regard to transparency and traceability of organic production and trade to improve organic integrity for products,
  • creating awareness among buyers on how to secure reliable organic products,
  • identifying cornerstones for effective controls, in particular in complex production and trade structures and improving risk oriented inspection methods
  • creating awareness for the joint responsibility (producer - trader - CB - authority) on the entire supply chain

According to the results of the conference, a joint declaration was adopted, in which the main findings of the event were recorded and the further steps were endorsed for the participants to implement in order to increase the transparency of the organic agriculture and food chain sales circle in the world.

Detailed post-release and presentations are available on https://afi.biofach.com.ua/media/

Meeting of NAAU representatives with experts of the project “European Union Water Initiative Plus for the Eastern Partnership”

October 19, 2017, a working meeting was held between NAAU representatives and the experts of the project “European Union Water Initiative Plus for the Eastern Partnership”, the representatives of Environment Agency Austria.

The project started in October 2016 and is being implemented by UNECE and OECD, together with a consortium of the EU Member States (Austria, France).

The overall objective of this project is to improve water resources management in the Eastern Partnership countries, especially in relation to transboundary rivers. More specifically, the challenge is to bring the water policy and strategies of the Eastern Partnership countries closer together with the EU Water Framework Directive, multilateral environmental agreements and the principles of integrated water resources management.

The project builds on the lessons learned from other regional projects supported by the EU in the countries of the Eastern Partnership, namely:

  • EUWI in the Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia;
  • Environmental Protection of International River Basins;
  • Improving Environmental Monitoring in the Black Sea

The project is implemented through an appropriate combination of expertise, capacity building, and the provision of equipment and technical support.

During the meeting a number of questions were discussed regarding the national accreditation system of Ukraine, in particular issues related to the process of accreditation of testing laboratories against

ISO/IEC 17025. NAAU representatives answered the experts’ questions and expressed their interest in accreditation of testing laboratories in the field of water resources management.

Working meeting with PTB representatives

August 31, 2017, a working meeting was held between the managment of NAAU and the experts of the PTB mission. PTB is the German National Metrology Institute well known internationally for the implementation of Technical Cooperation projects in the field of Quality Infrastructure on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.

The German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development has commisioned PTB to conduct a scoping mission and feasibility study regarding the implemention of a regional project in the area of Quality Infrastructure in the countries of the Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine).

The objective of this mission to the 6 above mentioned countries is to hold meetings and interviews with selected institutions in charge of Quality Infrastructure (Ministry of Economy, Metrology Institute, Accreditation Body, Standardization Body, Market Surveillance Agency) in order to identify and determine the scope of the regional project in selected disciplines of Quality Infrastructure in the region.

The future project shall be implemented by a mixture of instruments. The exchange of experience between professionals guided by international experts, as well as selected training measures are to be used at regional level. However, the different levels of development and the different dynamics of approximation of the individual countries of the Eastern Partnership in the direction of the EU also require that the specific needs of individual countries be addressed in a complementary way to the approach of conjoint interests.

This project is aimed at bringing together the quality infrastructure systems of Ukraine and the EU, as well as strengthening cooperation within the framework of the signed Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU. Possible project activities include conducting a series of trainings for external and internal personnel of NAAU regarding the requirements of the new ISO/ IEC 17011 and ISO/IEC 17025 standards, accreditation procedures for further notification etc.

During the meeting, a number of questions were discussed regarding the national accreditation system of Ukraine, the international status and structure of NAAU, as well as the nearest prospects for the training of NAAU personnel within the framework of the project.

As a result of the meeting, an agreement was reached on further cooperation between PTB and NAAU and assistance in increasing the competence of NAAU personnel and possible technical support.