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Meeting of the Attestation Commission for Accreditation Personnel

In order to determine the appropriate level of competence of accreditation personnel, the regular meeting of the attestation commission of the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine was held May 4, 2017.

At the meeting the candidates from the ranks of internal and external accreditation personnel were reviewed 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 2 experts for the status of assessor;

-          to certify 1 assessor for the status of lead assessor;

-          to re-certify 10 assessors;

-          to re-certify 14 lead assessors.

Implementation of ЕА-2/17 М document into NAAU activities

In order to implement the mandatory documents of the European Co-operation for Accreditation (EA) in the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine (NAAU), a number of documents and forms regulating the accreditation procedure were approved with a view of further notifying the conformity assessment bodies (CABs) taking into account the provisions of the mandatory document ЕА-2/17 М:2016 «EA Document on Accreditation for Notification purposes». Unofficial translation of this document made by NAAU is available in section “For our clients” – “EA Document on Accreditation for Notification purposes”. General document of NAAU “Regulations on implementation of requirements of the document ЕА-2/17 М in NAAU activities” (GD-08.03.37) contains general description of accreditation procedure with the aim of further notification of CABs that submit application for initial accreditation, as well as for already accredited CABs. Document GD-08.03.37 is available in section “NAAU Documents”.

 

CABs compliance with the special requirements set towards designated CABs is assessed by NAAU according to NAAU general document “Special requirements for the assigned CABs in accordance with technical regulations” (GD-08.01.34) during accreditation and/or surveillance. The document is available in section “NAAU Documents”.

In addition to that, NAAU approved the new Procedure on payment for accreditation activities and monitoring taking into account the accreditation for notification procedure by the Order dated 21.04.2017 No.54.

The Order and Procedure are available in section “NAAU Documents”.

According to the Order of NAAU dated 17.02.2017 No.27, NAAU will be accepting applications for accreditation with the aim of further notification starting from June 1, 2017.

 

CABs shall also use a dedicated letterform regarding submission of accreditation for notification applications. The letterform is available in section “For our clients”.

Regular meeting of NAAU Accreditation Council

In pursuance of the provisions of the Law of Ukraine “On Accreditation of Conformity Assessment Bodies” and the international standard DSTU ISO/IEC 17011, the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine organized the regular meeting of the NAAU Accreditation Council April 11, 2017.

The meeting was attended by 16 representatives of central executive authorities, accredited conformity assessment bodies, scientific institutions and associations.

Members of the Council considered the report of NAAU Chairman Dr. Viktor Gorytskyy on activities of the National Agency conducted in 2016. Based on the results of the reporting, the Council unanimously decided to recognize NAAU activities in 2016 as satisfactory.

A number of issues regarding the current state of the national accreditation system of Ukraine were discussed, in particular, the matters regarding amending the existing and implementing new policies in the field of accreditation, amendments made to the Provision on Attestation Commission and Qualification Requirements, the procedure and rules for attestation of accreditation personnel.

The Council also considered proposals for the formation of accreditation scopes of conformity assessment bodies, in particular, testing laboratories.

The head of NAAU Attestation Commission for Accreditation Personnel Bondarenko Yurii introduced the report on activities regarding accreditation personnel for 2016.

Read more about the decisions based on the results of the NAAU Accreditation Council meetings by clicking on the link.

Meeting with CUTIS project representatives

The second working meeting between representatives of the project “Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project” (CUTIS) and NAAU was held April 14, 2017.

At present, the Project is at the development stage of an implementation plan of the Agreement on a free trade area between Ukraine and Canada.

The degree of harmonization of the national accreditation systems of Ukraine and Canada was discussed at the meeting, as well as the possibility of mutual recognition of accreditation activities between NAAU and the national accreditation body of Canada – SCC (Standards Council of Canada).

It is worth mentioning that SCC like NAAU is a Full member of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and a signatory to ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement.

In addition, SCC is a signatory to the Multilateral Agreement on the Recognition of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). NAAU is an Associated member of the European Co-operation for Accreditation which holds a similar international status as SCC.

Thus ground conditions for mutual recognition of accreditation activities between NAAU and SCC are already established.

Detailed information about the first working meeting between CUTIS Project and NAAU is available under the link (http://naau.org.ua/robocha-zustrich-z-predstavnykamy-proektu-cutis/).

The meeting with the expert group of the EU Delegation

As part of the implementation results assessment for sectoral policy support program “Promoting mutual trade by removing technical barriers to trade between Ukraine and the European Union”, NAAU held the meeting with the expert group of the EU Delegation in Ukraine.

At the meeting, the following issues were discussed: the results of previous programs for technical support for Ukraine (NAAU was one of the beneficiaries), modern status of NAAU and perspective directions for further development of the national accreditation system in Ukraine.

The information provided by NAAU will be taken into account when drafting future technical support programs within the framework of Ukraine-EU cooperation.

Working meeting with the representatives of GIZ and PTB joint mission

On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 a working meeting between NAAU employees and representatives of the joint mission of the German Federal Physical-Technical Institute (PTB) and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Ukraine was held. The meeting was the part of the official visit conducted under the support of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ukraine.

  

The aim of the mission is to define the current state of affairs regarding national quality infrastructure system of Ukraine, donors’ technical assistance in that direction, national policy and strategy for quality infrastructure improvement, product quality enhancement, trade and exports development, assessment and discussion of existent gaps and needs for strengthening quality infrastructure.

At the meeting a number of matters regarding national accreditation system of Ukraine, NAAU international status and near-term prospects for steady development of National Accreditation Agency activities were discussed.

Based on the meeting results and taking into account the significant achievements of NAAU as an integral part of the Ukrainian national quality infrastructure system, the agreement was reached on further cooperation between the above-mentioned institutions and NAAU within the framework of Germany technical support for Ukraine.