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Accreditation Criteria

The criteria for granting and maintaining accreditation are set forth in the following documents:

Law on Accreditation;
- Serbian, European and international standards and guides containing general criteria and/or requirements to be met by applicants for certain schemes of accreditation;
- mandatory documents such as guidelines for the implementation of the European and international standards, and conformity assessment guides published by ЕА, IAF and ILAC;
- Rules of Accreditation.

List of Documents Containing Requirements to Be Met by Applicants for Accreditation and Accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies is also available at request.

Accreditation-related standards for certain types of conformity assessment bodies that are in keeping with Serbian standards, i.e. standards based on European and international standards are as follows:

- SRPS ISO/IEC 17025:2006 – General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories - for testing laboratories and calibration laboratories;

SRPS CEN/TS 15675 Air quality - Measurement of stationary source emissions - Application of EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 to periodic measurements;

- SRPS EN ISO 15189:2014 – Medical Laboratories – Requirements for quality and competence - for medical laboratories;

- SRPS ISO/IEC 17020:2012 – Conformity assessment  Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection - for inspection bodies;

- SRPS EN ISO/IEC 17065:2016 – Conformity assessment Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services - for certification bodies providing certification of products;

- SRPS ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 – Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems - Part 1: Requirements;

SRPS ISO/TS 22003:2010 Food safety management systems - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of food safety management systems;

ISO/IEC 27006:2015 Information technology -Security techniques - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of information security management systems;

SRPS ISO/IEC TS 17021-2:2013 Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems – Part 2:Competence requirements for auditing and certification of environmental management systems;

SRPS ISO/IEC TS 17021-3:2014 Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems – Part 3: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of quality management systems;

- SRPS ISO/IEC 17024:2012 – Conformity assessment General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons - for certification bodies providing certification of persons

- SRPS ISO/IEC 17043:2011 - Conformity assessment – General requirements for proficiency testing - for PT providers.

List of Documents Containing Requirements to Be Met by Applicants for Accreditation and Accredited Bodies contains the updated editions of the standard that are actually current criteria for accreditation. In case of any changes in the accreditation criteria, ATS shall inform conformity assessment bodies thereof, and of the transitional period during which they are obliged to comply with the amended criteria.

Standards laying down requirements for certain schemes of accreditation can be purchased at the Institute for Standardization of Serbia (ISS), Stevana Brakusa 2, (Banovo Brdo), 11030 Belgrade, or they can be ordered online on the ISS website.

Phone numbers at the Institute Information Centre is +381 11 6547-293, +381 11 3409-310, e-mail: infocentar@iss.rs.

Accreditation criteria, defined in international standards, are only general requirements. In order to achieve consistent application of these criteria, it is necessary to develop detailed guidelines as the following organisations do: European co-operation for Accreditation (EA) in Europe, International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and International Accreditation Forum (IAF) at the global level.

These guidelines contain detailed instructions for the consistent implementation of conformity assessment which facilitates the operation of accreditation bodies. The guidelines also allow accredited bodies to prove that they meet the requirements of standards by applying methods that are not defined in these guidelines.

The mode of operation and method of evaluation of accreditation bodies are defined by the above-mentioned international organisations thus enabling the services of accredited conformity assessment bodies to be globally accepted. ATS, along with other accreditation bodies and interested parties, takes active participation in the EA, IAF and ILAC working groups and committees in order to help achieve consistency in the work of accreditation bodies.

In the Republic of Serbia, ATS brings together all interested parties (public authorities and holders of public authorisations, faculties and institutes, companies, entrepreneurs, chambers, consumer associations, associations of producers, and accredited conformity assessment bodies) as they all shall contribute to the upgrade of the accreditation system in the country by participating in the work in the Management Board, Supervisory Board, Accreditation Council and technical committees.