An event was organised yesterday at the premises of the Regional Chamber of Commerce (RPK) Niš in order to celebrate the Accreditation Day in the Republic of Serbia (28th June) as ATS awarded its first Accreditation Certificate on this day in 2000. ATS organised this event in cooperation with the Serbian Chamber of Commerce (Association of Accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies, PKS) and Regional Chamber of Commerce Niš given that the first accreditation certificate was awarded to Akcionarsko društvo za ispitivanje kvaliteta “Kvalitet” from Niš.
Ljubiša Dimitrijević, PKS; Jelena Popović MSc, MoE; Vladimir Vukašinović, “Kvalitet” Niš, Milica Lukešević, ATS
The event was opened by Jelena Popović MSc, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Economy (Sector for Quality Infrastructure and Safety of Products on the Market), when she pointed out the importance of networking to all quality infrastructure participants, especially conformity assessment bodies. Milica Lukešević, ATS Acting Director, emphasised the importance of such events to the development of our economy as they enable the participants to learn about the role and importance of accreditation to economic development and upgrade of business potential. Ljubiša Dimitrijević, Executive Director of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Secretary of the Association of Accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies, used this opportunity to thank Milica Lukešević, ATS Acting Director, for successful cooperation and when ATS was awarded the the certificate for 15 years of successful operation.
Ljubiša Dimitrijević, PKS, and Milica Lukešević, ATS
The first presentation entitled “ATS Operation, structure and status in the Republic of Serbia, Europe and world 15 years after the first accreditation” was given by Radivoje Nikoličić, Assistant Director of Development and Quality. He explained on this occasion the importance and structure of quality infrastructure in the Republic of Serbia and international setting, including the accreditation procedure. This was also an opportunity to look back at the history of ATS (including JUAT/ATSCG) and its status in international organisations for accreditation (EA, ILAC, IAF). Furthermore, planned 2015 activities of ATS were presented, while the most important 2015 objective of ATS is successful maintenance of the signed multilateral agreements (EA MLA, ILAC MRA and IAF MLA), and further improvement of cooperation with all the respective Serbian ministries and other interested parties, continual upgrade of the accreditation system, and further development of new accreditation fields.
Vladimir Vukašinović, Director of the Akcionarsko društvo za ispitivanje kvaliteta “Kvalitet”, gave a presentation on the subject of “The importance of accreditation as regards the upgrade of business possibilities”, when he tackled the accreditation benefits that this company of 9 accredited laboratories had experienced (in field of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), equipment safety testing (LVD), tool testing (MD) and testing of gas appliances) and how the accreditation awarded by ATS enabled this company to upgrade its operation and position in the market. He pointed out that the symbol of accreditation, for the use of which ATS gives permission to accredited conformity (CABs) to indicate their accreditation status and that is used by CABs in their reports and certificates, is a guarantee to exporters who place products on foreign markets since ATS is a signatory of multilateral agreements. Akcionarsko društvo za ispitivanje kvaliteta “Kvalitet” cooperates with other accredited CABs which also enables them to develop and improve their work.
A round-table dicussion on the subject of “The role and the importance of accreditation to economic development” was held after the first part of the meeting during which the business community and accredited CABs from the RPK Niš territory had an opportunity to ask questions related to their everyday work and development of their business possibilities, but it was also pointed out that ATS needed experts in economy with relevant competence and work experience. It was stressed during the round-table discussion that it was necessary for all quality infrastructure institutions to continue to improve their mutual cooperation and given that accredited CABs also have to cooperate with these institutions.
This was an opportunity for Milica Lukešević, ATS Acting Director, to award a certificate to Vladimir Vukašinović, Director of the Akcionarsko društvo za ispitivanje kvaliteta “Kvalitet”, in acknowledgement of successful cooperation and assistance in developing the accreditation system in the Republic of Serbia.
Vladimir Vukašinović, “Quality” Niš, and Milica Lukešević, ATS
Representatives of ATS, PKS, Directorate of Measures and Precious Metals, Institute for Standardization of Serbia and members of the Committee of the Association of Accredited CABs paid a short visit to the laboratories of Akcionarsko društvo za ispitivanje kvaliteta “Kvalitet”.
A visit to laboratories of Akcionarsko društvo za ispitivanje kvaliteta “Kvalitet”
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