On Tuesday, 19th February 2013 the Assistant Minister (Sector for Quality Infrastructure), Jelena Popović MSc, presented at the premises of the Ministry of Finance and Economy (MFE) the publication entitled “Horizontal Legal Framework in the Field of Quality Infrastructure in Serbia”. In addition to the said publication, another five guides for the application of regulations falling within the MFE scope were presented to include the following fields: lifts, personal protective equipment, machinery, low voltage equipment and electromagnetic comparability. The said EU directives were transposed into our legislation.
Jelena Popović MSc, Assistant Minister
Presented publications that will be promoted at technical seminars at the regional offices of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce throughout Serbia were produced as a result of the cooperation between the MFE Sector for Quality Infrastructure and German Organisation for International Cooperation (GIZ).
In recent years MFE took active participation, together with the QI institutions, in the establishment of the modern QI system. The MFE (Sector for Quality Infrastructure) efforts resulted in the adoption of four umbrella laws governing this field (Law on Technical Requirements for Products and Conformity Assessment, Law on Standardisation, Law on Accreditation and Law on Metrology), as four pillars of the new QI system, and over 40 sub-laws for the implementation thereof.
Furthermore, MFE transposed 10 out of 27 New Approach Directives so far and those include certain industrial products (Regulation on Machinery Safety, Regulation on Electrical Equipment, Regulation on Electromagnetic Compatibility, Regulation on Lift Safety, Regulation on Personal Protective Equipment, Regulation on Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for Use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres, Regulation on Noise Emission by Equipment for Use Outdoors, and three regulations governing metrology that remain to be published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia: Regulation on Measuring Instruments, Regulation on Metrological Conditions for Non-automatic Weighing Machines, Regulation on the Testing Procedure of Pre-packed Products). The said regulations will increase the level of safety and competitiveness of industrial products at both European and world markets.
MFE also published 5 guides with the aim of assisting the business community and other interested parties to apply and understand laws and technical regulations they use in practice.
Furthermore, almost 80% of the EU standards were transposed, a multilateral agreement was signed between the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA) and Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) that will enable the consumers to buy safe products, while reports and certificates issued by conformity assessment bodies accredited by ATS will be recognised in Europe and worldwide. This will all together affect the competitiveness of the Serbian economy.
In addition to the representatives of the Ministry and German Organisation for Technical Cooperation (GIZ), Mr Helmut Mairhofer, as the conference organiser, the conference was attended by the representatives of inductrial organisations and their associations, Trade and Telecommunications Assistant Minister, directors of the Institute for Standardization of Serbia, Directorate of Measures and Precious Metals and Accreditation Body of Serbia with their associates, and by the representatives of other ministries and agencies adopting or implementing the technical regulations.
Natalija Jovičić Zarić MSc, ATS Deputy Director, Jasna Stojanović, ATS Acting Director,
Ivan Krstić MSc, ISS Director
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