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.