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Accessibility

The right to free access to information of public importance

There are four basic legal rights regarding the access to information of public importance (Article 5 of the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Importance ("Off. Gazette of the RS", Nos.120/04, 54/07, 104/09, 36/10):

- a legal right for each person to access information held by public bodies;
- a legal right for each person to have, free of charge, information of public importance contained in specific documentation;
- a legal right for each person to obtain a copy of the document containing the requested information after specific fee has been paid to cover the copying costs, and
- a legal right for each person to have a copy of the document sent by post, fax, email or otherwise after specific fee has been paid to cover the document mailing costs.

If the requested information is already made publicly available, each person has the right to be informed by the Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) about the time and location in which the information was published. If the document contains sections that the public has no legitimate interest in, each person has the right to forward a request to ATS to make other parts of the document available.

ATS regularly makes publicly available information on its activities in accordance with Articles 3 and 8 of the Law on Accreditation (Official Gazette of the RS No. 73/10), and information on the peer evaluation results.

Thus, the ATS operations are made transparent. ATS uses appropriate forms of communication to inform its clients and other interested parties of their rights and obligations and of how to exercise these rights and obligations, of its operations and other information of importance to transparency and client relations.

All the data on the ATS operations are made publicly available except for the data from the ATS documents designated as confidential in compliance with the Law, Statute, Accreditation Rules and Confidentiality Rules.

The Confidentiality Rules prescribe what documents and data shall be considered as confidential, mode of preserving confidentiality status, and the procedure to be applied in case of breach of the confidentiality rules. Data, including documents containing them and those data are collected when ATS performs activities related to the accreditation of conformity assessment bodies, shall be considered as confidential, except for general information on accredited conformity assessment bodies and scope of accreditations granted. Those documents and data designated by the authorities as confidential shall also be considered confidential.

ATS employees, members of the ATS organs and bodies, and persons engaged on a contractual basis to perform certain tasks on behalf of ATS are required to ensure confidentiality of data they may collect while performing activities on behalf of ATS. Therefore, the confidentiality statement has to be signed. In case of a legal obligation to report such data, ATS shall inform in writing the interested parties thereof.