Training on Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) was delivered in the period between 30th and 31st October 2012 in Sarajevo and was organised by the PTB project and Institute for Accreditation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BATA).
EMAS implementation aims at continuous improvement of the environmental protection of organisations through establishment and implementation of the environmental protection management system, systematic, objective and periodic evaluation of the performance of such a system, availability of information about environmental protection performance, open dialogue with the public and other interested parties, and active involvement of employees and their participation in appropriate training.
The delegates were introduced to the benefits of establishing the EMAS scheme, basic phases of implementation, the EU legislation (Regulation (EC) No. 1221/2009), EMAS logo and its use, and differences between EMAS and ISO 14001:2004. Furthermore, the delegates were introduced to the basic tasks of and requirements for EMAS verifiers and other participants of this scheme, i.e. accreditation bodies, competent bodies and Forum for Accreditation Bodies and Licensing Bodies.
Pursuant to the said legislation, an application for entry in the EU EMAS Register for organisations outside the European Union can be currently submitted in any EU Member State if that country has a competent body authorised for the registration of the organisations from third countries. On the other hand, an EMAS verifier must be accredited or in possession of a licence issued by the Member State in which the organisation applied for registration and must be in possession of accreditation/licence for the country in which verification is carried out.
Jovana Zečević attended the training on behalf of the Accreditation Body of Serbia.