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IAF CertSearch global database

 On 14 March 2019 the International Accreditation Forum launched the IAF global database with access through the domain IAFCertSearch.org. developed to provide an authoritative source for validating accredited certifications issued all over the world.

 

The history of this project dates back to 2014, and the project has gone through several successful stage approvals by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and its members. The program was championed by the IAF’s Database Management Committee (DMC) represented by Accreditation Bodies, Certification Bodies and Industry. In October 2017 at the IAF General Assembly, there was a majority vote in favor of the development of a global database officially branded IAF CertSearch.

The IAF CertSearch is a voluntary database, which gained significant support from government agencies, industry and from all levels of the accredited network.

The IAF CertSearch provides a single location for all accredited management system certifications issued by a Certification Body accredited by an IAF member Accreditation Body from all over the world, increasing validating efficiency and decreasing misuse. IAF CertSearch will raise the profile of accredited certification, increase the visibility for those who are certified, and improve the value and integrity of accredited certification.

The IAF CertSearch is a tool where users can validate accredited certifications in cases where the validation user knows the company/organisation name or certification ID.

The IAF CertSearch project is developed to protect, educate and promote the value of accredited certifications globally.

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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Scheduled meeting of the NAAU Accreditation Council

In compliance with the provisions of the Law of Ukraine “On Accreditation of Conformity Assessment Bodies” and the international standard ДСТУ ISO/IEC 17011, on December 21, 2018 the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine organized a scheduled meeting of NAAU Accreditation Council.

The updated composition of the NAAU Accreditation Board was approved by the Order of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine No. 989 dated July 20, 2018.

The meeting was attended by 14 representatives of central executive authorities, accredited conformity assessment bodies, scientific institutions and associations.

Members of the Council considered information provided by the NAAU Chairman V. Gorytsky on the state and development trends of the national accreditation system of Ukraine and reports of NAAU staff on the analysis of risks in NAAU activities with respect to the provisions of ISO/IEC 17011:2017 and amendments to the accreditation legislation.

The Accreditation Council approved amendments to the following NAAU documents:

- Qualification requirements, procedure and rules for attestation of accreditation personnel;

- NAAU policy regarding measures to ensure compliance with the obligations of the certification / inspection body arising from its actions and / or activities;

- NAAU policy regarding the use of the national accreditation mark and reference to accreditation.

In addition, the Council agreed upon the updated composition of the Attestation Commission of Accreditation Personnel and approved the composition of the NAAU Commission of Appeals.

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.