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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.

NAAU has become a signatory to International Accreditation Forum, Inc. Multilateral Accreditation Arrangement

The National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine (NAAU) is proud to announce that August 16, 2017, NAAU was accepted as a signatory to the International Accreditation Forum, Inc. Multilateral Accreditation Arrangement for the following scopes: product certification – ISO/ IEC 17065, certification of persons –  ISO/ IEC 17024, management systems certification – ISO/IEC 17021-1 (scopes ISO 9001 and ISO 14001).

Information on the current status of NAAU in IAF is available on the IAF page at http://www.iaf.nu/articles/IAF_MEM_Ukraine/502.

Thus, NAAU has fully fulfilled its obligations to ensure the signing of the recognition agreements specified in the Action Plan for the implementation of the Strategy for the development of the technical regulation system for the period up to 2020, approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated 19.08.2015, No. 844-p. From now on, the vast majority of NAAU activities are recognized not only on European, but also on the global level.

The signing of the IAF MLA has certain advantages not only for the national accreditation body, but also for the national government, regulators, business, manufacturers and consumers.

For the government of Ukraine the IAF MLA provides a reliable and solid foundation, which further allows to conclude international trade agreements.

For regulators the IAF MLA is a globally recognized indicator that demonstrates compliance with the international standards and requirements.

For business the IAF MLA provides information on the reliability of manufacturers and service providers that were certified by an accredited CAB.

Consumers gain confidence in goods and services that have a mark of conformity or are accompanied by a certificate of conformity. The IAF MLA ensures that such products and services meet the quality requirements and safety standards regardless of where they were produced or provided.

15thAnniversary of National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine

July 14, 2017, the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine (NAAU) celebrated the 15th anniversary of its activities. The scientific and practical conference “Accreditation – a Path to Trust and Quality” was held in the Great Conference Hall of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine at the address: Kyiv, Volodymyrska Str., 55.

NAAU is the sole accreditation body of Ukraine, and facilitates trade between Ukraine, the EU and the whole world. NAAU is a state-owned organization that carries out non-commercial economic activities based on the principles defined by the Law of Ukraine “On Accreditation of Conformity Assessment Bodies”.

In accordance with Article 56 of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, Ukraine takes all necessary measures to achieve compliance with EU technical regulations and standardization, metrology and, in particular, accreditation systems.

In its activity, NAAU also takes into account the provisions of Regulation (EC) No.765/2008 of the European Parliament and the Council establishing requirements for accreditation and market surveillance for the sale of products.

The strategic goals of NAAU are:

- increasing the competitiveness of Ukrainian producers’ products through the use of international and European standards, reducing timelines and costs due to the absence of the need to re-conduct work to confirm compliance;

- creation of more favorable conditions for fair competition of goods and services on the domestic market;

- continuation of the process of harmonization of Ukrainian legislation in the sphere of accreditation with the requirements of the EU directives with the aim of signing the Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (ACCA Agreement) between the EU and Ukraine, which will help to eliminate technical barriers to trade, recognize the system of technical regulation, simplify domestic products’ access to foreign markets and will facilitate Ukraine’s integration into the world community.

It is a common knowledge that accreditation is recognized in the whole world as a tool that helps to eliminate technical barriers to trade, and is one of the main guarantees for the state’s economy development. When effectivly used, accreditation plays an important role in the world trade, promoting innovation and the use of technology, consumers and environmental protection.

Today NAAU’s work on accreditation of conformity assessment bodies is formally recognized both in the EU (European Co-operation for Accreditation – EA) and internationally (International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation – ILAC). Thus, NAAU, within its competence, has complied with the provisions of the Association Agreement.

The conference was attended by internal and external personnel of NAAU, former chairmen of NAAU, representatives of accredited conformity assessment bodies and representatives of NGOs in the field of accreditation.

The conference was also visited by: Member of Ukrainian Parliament, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Entrepreneurship and Technical Regulation of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship Genadiy Kryvosheia, Deputy Director of the Department of Technical Regulation of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Yurii Popruga, Chairman of NAAU Accreditation Council Valentyn Tykhonenko, Chairman of the Technical Committee for Accreditation Borys Korotkov, Chairman of the Attestation Commission for Accreditation Personnel Yuriy Bondarenko.

 

At the conference, there were given scientific reports on the history, current state and prospects for the development of the national accreditation system and its relationship with related branches within the national quality infrastructure system of Ukraine.

For exemplary performance of official duties and significant contribution to the development of the national accreditation system of Ukraine, a number of current and former employees of NAAU, as well as persons involved in accreditation activities within the Accreditation Council and committees, were awarded grants and letters of gratitude from the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade Ukraine, commemorative badges on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of NAAU and letters of gratitude from the Chairman of NAAU.

During the conference, the speakers repeatedly mentioned the achievements of NAAU, which ensured that Ukraine had fulfilled its obligations regarding the harmonization of the accreditation systems of Ukraine and the EU, specified in the Association Agreement. There was also a mention of significant increase in confidence in the activities of Ukrainian conformity assessment bodies at the European and international levels.

NAAU has joined International Accreditation Forum

The National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine informs that it has joined the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).

Memorandum of Understanding signed by IAF Chairman Mr. Xiao Jianhua and NAAU Chairman Viktor Gorytskyy came into force June 16, 2017.

NAAU’s joining IAF is a significant event for the entire national quality infrastructure system of Ukraine and additional evidence of NAAU compliance with the international principles of conformity assessment bodies accreditation, namely impartiality, competence and transparency.

Signing the Agreement was preceded by a long-term work of NAAU personnel aimed at increasing confidence in the domestic market by European and world trading partners of Ukraine. Certainly, the long-term cooperation of NAAU with the European Co-operation for Accreditation (EA) has played a significant role in signing the Agreement.

The next step for NAAU is to sign the Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (IAF MLA), which will further promote the recognition of accreditation activities at the global level.

Workshop for experts in testing laboratories accreditation

June 30, 2017 the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine held a workshop to maintain the competence of experts in testing laboratories accreditation in accordance with the standard DSTU ISO/IEC 17025:2006 “General requirements for competence of testing and calibration laboratories”

The workshop was attended by 53 external experts in testing laboratories accreditation.

The workshop was lectured by chief specialist of the Department for Laboratories Accreditation Igor Gogoman.

During the workshop the following issues were discussed:

-          assessment basics for testing laboratories in accordance with NAAU procedures;

-          topical issues regarding testing laboratories accreditation (taking into account EA, ILAC documents and NAAU policies)

Participants of the workshop took an active part in discussing the proposed topics and introduced their proposals for improving the work of NAAU accreditation personnel

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.