A conference “Conformity assessment in the sphere of automotive transport: state technical inspection, testing, certification”

National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine on 7th-10th of April 2009 has conducted a conference “Conformity assessment in the sphere of automotive transport: state technical inspection, testing, certification” in Alushta, Crimea. The participants were representatives of governmental authorities, State auto inspection of the MIA of Ukraine, State enterprise “DerzhautotransNDIproject”, international experts, auditors and other economic operators of the industry.

Under the chairmanship of Mr. Paziuk, the First Deputy Chairman of NAAU, the following issues were under consideration:

  •  State of implementation in Ukraine of the new procedure for conducting state technical inspection
  •  Goal, objectives and practical aspects of the state technical inspection system
  •  Legislative regulation of conformity assessment in the field of automotive transport
  •  Regulatory and legal framework on issues of inspecting the technical state of motor vehicles
  •  The role of accreditation on the international and national levels
  •  NAAU’s rules and procedures for accreditation of CABs
  •  The requirements of national, harmonized with international, standards in the field of accrediting CABs (ДСТУ ISO/IEC 17020 and ДСТУ ISO/IEC 17025)

The following was noted at the conference:

  • Implementation of the instrumental control during the checking of motor vehicles in state technical inspection and entrusting of these checking functions to economic agents provides for increasing the safety level, more ecologically friendly motor vehicles, conforms to the world’s practice, requirements of the international and European norms and standards;
  • Implementation of the new procedure for undergoing the state technical inspection is hindered by the lack of regulatory and legal acts that set the requirements for the technical state of motor vehicles, order of checking the technical state of motor vehicles, requirements for the equipment for checking the technical state of motor vehicles, updated standards for safety requirements for the technical state of motor vehicles and controlling methods, the ratification of which is foreseen in the Conception for reformation of the state technical inspection system;
  • For the development of the civilized services’ market for checking the technical state of the motor vehicles by means of creating a network of technical control points, a flexible tariff regulation must be implemented that would take into account labor intensity of such services, attraction of economic operators with a wider scope of services, provide services for the privileged population category at a discounted price and provide services at a distant locations;
  • Designation of operators as conformity assessment bodies in the sphere of automotive transport, including checking of re-equipped motor vehicles is done in violation of Law of Ukraine “On road movement”, Law of Ukraine “On automotive transportation”, Law of Ukraine “On accreditation of conformity assessment bodies” without confirmation of the technical competency of such operators by means of accreditation at the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine, which significantly diminishes the quality level of rendered services in conformity assessment and safety of motor vehicles.