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Public Invitation to Assessors to Apply

                  

Republic of Serbia
Accreditation Body of Serbia

Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) is a national accreditation body determining the competence of conformity assessment bodies. It was established by the Republic of Serbia as the sole national accreditation body delegated the performance of accreditation activities by means of The Law on Accreditation. ATS grants accreditation to the following conformity assessment bodies:

  • testing laboratories,
  • calibration laboratories,
  • medical laboratories,
  • inspection bodies, and
  • certification bodies.

When performing accreditation activities, professional teams of the ATS assessors and technical experts and/or external experts (lead assessors, technical assessors and technical experts) assess the said bodies as per the requirements of reference accreditation standards.  External experts are recruited for the purpose of assessment on the basis of contracts that ATS concludes therewith.

Due to increased workload and development of the accreditation system, the Accreditation Body of Serbia hereby informs those interested therein that it will expand the list of assessors and technical experts in the fields selected in the application for assessors and technical experts.

Criteria for the selection of assessors and technical experts are as follows (as laid down in the procedure entitled ATS-PR02, Selection of Assessors and Technical Experts and Performance Monitoring):

- educational background: assessors (lead and technical ones) and technical experts shall hold university degrees in natural sciences and mathematics, humanities, medical and technical and technological sciences. Additionally, technical assessors and technical experts assessing certification bodies providing certification in the field of organic production shall have a university degree that corresponds to the category or group of products defined in the scope of accreditation, e.g. graduate in agriculture, graduate in food technology, doctor of veterinary medicine, etc.;

- professional experience:

technical assessors and technical experts should have:

       a) at least four years of work experience in the field subject to accreditation, at least two years of which should pertain to specific scheme of accreditation, and gained within a period not dated back longer than five years at the time of the application; Additionally, technical assessors and technical experts assessing certification bodies providing certification in the field of organic production in keeping with reference documents and control measures that are equivalent to the EU legislation shall have adequate knowledge of the EU legislation governing organic production and Codex Alimentarius CAC/GL 32-1999, and experience in performing surveillance and/or assessment activities in third countries;

lead assessors should have:

       a)  at least four years of work experience in the field subject to accreditation, at least two years of which should pertain to management systems for specific scheme of accreditation if they are not ATS employees;

        b) ATS employees should have at least four years of relevant work experience gained at ATS, i.e. at least four years of previously gained work experience in the field subject to accreditation, at least two years of which should pertain to management systems for specific scheme of accreditation;

Candidates for assessors in the field of assessment of certification bodies providing certification of quality management systems and environmental management systems shall have work experience in the field of quality management (e.g. quality manager, production planning, services) or work experience in the field of environmental management (e.g. quality manager, emergency response team member, experience in pollution prevention).

- Personal attributes: assessors and technical experts must be, as per the requirements of SRPS ISO/IEC 19011, communicative, honest, sincere, discrete, tactful, analytical, capable of making the difference between essential and important issues and those less important, capable of collecting objective evidence and performing correct and objective assessment thereof, persistent, impartial, reliable, trustworthy, etc.;

- Knowledge of relevant standards, regulations and accreditation procedures:

assessors shall know, understand and adequately implement criteria and standards used for the accreditation of CABs, regulations governing accreditation, ATS rules of accreditation, procedures and guides, relevant guidance documents of ЕА, ILAC and IAF, and other international and national organisations, assessment practice and techniques;

technical experts should understand the basics of accreditation standards and the ATS policy;

lead assessors shall have extensive knowledge and understanding of and ability to apply the requirements of management systems for specific schemes of accreditation and be in the possession of a training certificate for courses or other training sessions. In addition, lead assessors should have expertise in and be capable of preparing and planning assessments, organising and managing the assessment team, making assessment-related decisions and conclusions, and drafting assessment reports;

technical assessors shall have extensive knowledge, understanding and ability to apply technical requirements for certain schemes of accreditation; while technical assessors and technical experts shall have technical knowledge of specific field of accreditation;

candidates for technical assessors in the field of assessment of certification bodies providing certification of quality management systems and environmental management shall complete training in the application of quality management methods or training in evaluation of environmental performance or internal training in storing, mixing, using and disposing of materials and their impact on the environment (waste management) or training in emergency response planning;

candidates for assessors in the field of assessment of certification bodies providing certification of quality management and environmental management systems shall complete assessor/internal assessor training or quality manager training, and four complete audits performed with a total of 20 audit days in the last three years.

In addition to the general public invitation which is open throughout the year, ATS hereby informs interested experts that it is seeking to appoint a larger number of technical experts for the assessment of certification bodies providing certification of management systems (quality management system, environmental management system, occupational health and safety management system, food safety management system).

The completed application and accompanying documents need to be underpinned by evidence confirming the fulfilment of criteria for the position in question, and by information about any previous engagement by certification bodies providing certification of management systems.

Criteria for the selection of assessors and technical experts participating in assessments of certification bodies as per ISO / IEC 17021 are as follows:

- Educational background: university degree in technical and technological sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, medical and biotechnical sciences;

- Work experience: at least four years of work experience at least two years of which should pertain to technical issues as per relevant EA codes and food chain categories;

- Knowledge and skills: knowledge of laws and regulations relating to the processes and/or products;

- Specific knowledge and skills as regards quality management system/occupational health and safety management system/environmental management system: for QMS and OHSAS: good knowledge of processes and products, including services (e.g. production planning, services, quality control, development, design, etc.); for EMS: experience in pollution prevention and/or knowledge of technical aspects and environmental aspects (e.g. completed training in storage, use and disposal of materials and their impact on the environment, trained member or experienced member of emergency response team).

Furthermore, we are expanding the list of assessors and technical experts assessing calibration laboratories as per ISO / IEC 17025.

Criteria for the selection of assessors and technical experts assessing calibration laboratories (in accordance with the general criteria):

- Educational background: university degree in technical and technological sciences, natural sciences and mathematics;

- Professional experience: at least four years of work experience in the field subject to accreditation, at least two years of which should pertain to a specific field of calibration and gained within a period not dated back longer than five years at the time of the application;

- Knowledge of calibration methods and techniques for selected fields(s);

- Knowledge of calculation of measurement uncertainty for selected fields(s) of calibration;

- Knowledge of national and international standards and regulations governing selected fields of calibration.

We are seeking to appoint technical experts in the following fields of calibration:

Acceleration, velocity and drift;
Acoustics and ultrasound;
Chemistry (pH meters, gas analysers...);
Density and viscosity;
Dimensions;
Electrical engineering, DC and LF;
Electrical engineering, HF;
Flow (including liquid velocity);
Power and force;
Hardness;
Humidity;
Ionising radiation and radioactivity;
Magnetism;
Mass;
Optics;
Pressure and vacuum;
Reference materials;
Temperature;
Time and frequency;
Volume.

Due to increased number of received applications for accreditation, and activities to extend the scope of ATS activities, it was necessary to add new entries to the List of Assessors and Technical Experts for the following fields:

- testing in the field of: ЕМС, personal protective equipment (PPE), UV protection;

- ADR testing and inspection;

- conformity assessments as per the Regulation on Electrical Equipment Designed for Use within Certain Voltage Limits (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia”, No. 13/2010) and Regulation on Electromagnetic Compatibility (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia”, No. 13/2010);

- conformity assessments as per the Regulation on Machinery Safety (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia”, No.13/2010);

- conformity assessments as per the Regulation on Personal Protective Equipment (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia”, No. 100/2011), and

- conformity assessments as per the Regulation on Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for Use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia”, No. 1/2013).

Note: Criteria for Assessors/Technical Experts are in keeping with the aforementioned general criteria.

Moreover, we are seeking to appoint assessors and technical experts for other fields. Completed Applications for Assessors and Technical Experts and CVs should be submitted in writing to the following address:

Accreditation Body of Serbia
Vlajkovićeva 3, 5th floor
11000 Beograd 6
poštanski fah 92
Serbia

Applications can also be submitted in person at the ATS premises, office 148, (Monday through Friday) from 7.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.  

or via e-mail to: office@ats.rs

The ATS Committee for the Selection and Performance Monitoring of Assessors and Technical Experts will select the candidates according to the valid procedure entitled ATS-PR02 Selection of Assessors and Technical Experts and Performance Monitoring and according to the current ATS needs. The Committee shall inform the selected candidates thereof. After the candidates for assessors and technical experts have been selected, ATS will deliver training as planned.

For more information please contact: Ljiljana Jarić, ljiljana.jaric@ats.rs, +381 11 313 03 76