17th September 2008 - 18th Quality Conference entitled “Management Systems Ensuring Health Safety and Protection” was held in Montenegro, Sutomore, in the period between 8th and 10th September and organised by Jugoinspekt Beograd, a joint stock company for quality and quantity control of goods, and JUQS, an Association for Certification and Surveillance of Quality System (limited liability company), and in cooperation with JUQS. The Conference was opened by Dr Dejan Krnjaić, the Director of the Accreditation Board of Serbia, who gave the introductory lecture on the subject of “Position and Importance of Accreditation within the Scope of the New Regulation of the European Union on the Free Movement of Goods” .
At the same time, another two conferences were held in Montenegro, Miločer: 12th Conference SQM 2008 and 3rd International Conference ICQME 2008, in the period between 9th and 12th September organised by the University of Montenegro – Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Podgorica, Centre for Quality of Montenegro, Association for Quality of Montenegro, Committee of the Government of the Republic of Montenegro for Quality Issues and the Ministry for Economic Development of the Republic of Montenegro in cooperation with the Business Policy.
The following issues were discussed at the said conferences: quality of and harmonisation with the EU directives and standards; the state of quality management system programme and definition of the forthcoming implementation phases of the Quality Development Strategy; how to address the requirements of process model in accordance with ISO 9000 series; presentation and exchange of experiences of the companies that have introduced quality systems and are about to start ISO 9000 harmonisation process; encouraging activities to develop quality management system in the fields of education, tourism, transport, healthcare, local government and promotion of activities to implement ISO 14000 series, ISO 22000 and integrated management systems.
On the first day of the Miločer Conference, 9th September 2008, the following round-table discussion was organised: “Quality Infrastructure in Montenegro” which was attended by the representatives of quality infrastructure institutions. Dr Dejan Krnjaić spoke about the current situation in Serbia (August 2008) in the field of quality infrastructure, and the position and importance of accreditation in view of the new EA Regulation pertaining to the package of measures as regards the movement of goods on the single market, accreditation and market surveillance.
On the last day of the Conference, 12th September 2008, a round-table discussion on the subject of “Accreditation – Regional Cooperation” was held and conveyed the message “everything starts and ends with training – cooperation“. The accreditation body representatives from the following countries attended the round-table discussion: Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia and Albania. Dr Krnjaić spoke, among other things, about the cooperation between the SEE countries and a need to conduct educational activities at such conferences in addition to experience exchange. The round-table discussion defined the topics to be addressed through the future cooperation between the accreditation bodies in this region such as:
- Register of Assessors,
- IT System,
- Regulation of the European Parliament of August 2008,
- Inter-laboratory testing, and
- Recognition of Documents.
A common definition of conclusions to be sent to the Regional CARDS 2006 Project office was attained during the round-table discussion to achieve further cooperation.
Dr Dejan Krnjaić giving a speech at the opening of the Conference “Management Systems Ensuring Health Safety and Protection”
ATS representatives: Dragan Badnjar, Biljana Tomić and Jovan Simić
An ATS representative, ATCG representatives, Miloš Marković - Deputy Director of the BATA
Dr D. Krnjaić, Director of the ATS, dr T. Ristoski, Director of the IARM, prof. dr M. Perović, Conference Programme Committee Chairman, R. Nikolić, Director of the ATCG, prof. dr Z. Krivokapić, Chairman of the MB of the ATCG