The final meeting of the board of the Federal Service for Accreditation took place

May 02, 2017

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April 26, a meeting of the board of the Federal Service for Accreditation dedicated to the results of the Service's activities for 2016 and tasks for the medium-term perspective was held. The event was attended by the Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, the chairman and the members of the Public Council at the Federal Service for Accreditation (RusAccreditation), representatives of the profile committees of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation, the Government Office of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Economic Development of Russian Federation, the heads of the Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology (Rosstandart) and the Autonomous Non-Commercial Organization Russian Quality System (Roskachestvo), representatives of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, standing committees and working groups at the Public Council at the Federal Service for Accreditation, members of the public.

While opening the meeting, the Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Maksim Oreshkin noted that over the 5 years of operation of the Federal Service for Accreditation, fundamental changes have occurred in regard to the work of the department. Among them – rapid creation of the industry-specific legislation and continuation of the analysis of law enforcement practice. The reform also resulted in a significant reduction in the market for unfair assessment of conformity and certification services.

"Since 2011, the register of accredited persons has decreased by 40%. They not only contribute to the occurrence of unsafe products on the market, but also impede the operation of a conscientious business", said Maksim Oreshkin, noting that the whole amount of work of the Federal Service for Accreditation is based on the principles of openness in close interaction with the expert and professional community.

An important direction of the department's activities is the support of Russian products for the purpose of entering international markets, including the development of a system of good laboratory practice (GLP). "It is very important that the OECD’s (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) practice standards are considered to be the world’s most advanced ones, and in any case, compliance with them, certainly, increases both the quality of your work and the way to affect the Russian economy. Of course, in this case, we need to act very carefully, since the best practices, taking into account national interests, is the approach we should apply concerning this issue", said Maksim Oreshkin.

The next stage of the reform is to ensure the international recognition of the Russian accreditation system. "The task to join international organizations is one of the most important measures the Government is trying to implement in order to support exports", explained Maksim Oreshkin.

The Head of the Federal Service for Accreditation Aleksey Khersontsev, when summing up, noted that the year of 2016 was not the easiest one for the Service. The summer was the time of termination of the transition period for the entry of a new Federal Law which entailed a further clearing of the register of accredited persons – those who were not ready to work according to the new rules. "In this sense, the year of 2016 for the national accreditation system is definitely a landmark one, summing up some results of the first five years of the Service's operation", noted the head of the department.

He recalled that the strategic task for all these years for the Russian Ministry of Economic Development and the Federal Service for Accreditation was "the formation of a national accreditation body that would correspond to the global ISO/IEC 17011 standard, would ensure the implementation of key global standards for conformity assessment – 17065, 17025". And following the results of the audit of the Federal Service for Accreditation conducted by the APLAC (Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation) International Appraisers Committee in November 2016, the conclusion was drawn allowing the Federal Service for Accreditation to rely on the fact that APLAC will adopt a positive resolution on the compliance of the national accreditation system with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17011, as well as APLAC and ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation) documents containing the requirements in the field of accreditation mandatory for the members of these organizations. The head of the Federal Service for Accreditation stated that within the shortest time possible it was necessary to eliminate some discrepancies regarding the accreditation of calibration laboratories.

Joining the APLAC and the ILAC by the Federal Service for Accreditation imposes certain obligations in terms of quality control of the operation of the accredited Russian testing and calibration laboratories. In order to ensure this, it is necessary to launch a program for monitoring their activities as well as qualification testing, including by conducting interlaboratory comparative tests. The head of the Federal Service for Accreditation said that proposals for the organization of relevant activities were included in the request to change the priority project titled "The System Measures for the Development of International Cooperation and Export".

The head of the Federal Service for Accreditation considers the successful development of the institute of good laboratory practice to be one of the most significant projects for the Service for the last 5 years. "This project helped reveal 10 national champions who were able to reach the GLP level". And we expect an increase in their number", said Aleksey Khersontsev and he also announced the plans of the Federal Service for Accreditation to create a special information office for the GLP in order to provide systematic methodological support for Russian laboratories.

Much work has been done to inform the national accreditation system. "The Federal State Information System (the FGIS) of the Federal Service for Accreditation is a hub that in a single information and functional environment links the data and processes of the national accreditation system. With the help of the FGIS of the Federal Service for Accreditation, in 2016, the Service provided over 50 thousand. Government services", said the head of the Service and he also emphasized that the system was created within a very short time. Currently, the registers of the Federal Service for Accreditation are a unique resource of information on the issued certificates of conformity and declarations of compliance.

"Currently, the registers of the Federal Service for Accreditation daily receive data on more than 2,5 thousand declarations and 500 issued certificates. About 40 thousand test reports issued are daily registered in the system. In total for 2016, information on more than 16.5 million issued test reports and measurements was submitted to the Federal Service for Accreditation", summed up Aleksei Khersontsev. In this case, for the partners of the Federal Service for Accreditation, first of all, for the FCS of Russia, it is important that daily by the FGIS of the Federal Service for Accreditation more than 80 thousand requests for information from the registries of the Service are processed coming via the IEIS (Interagency Electronic Interaction System) channels, through the Unified State Services Portal and the official website of the Federal Service for Accreditation.

As part of the development of the IT-infrastructure in 2016, the Federal Service for Accreditation was the first of the federal executive bodies to bring all its information to the circuit IEIS 3.0. The service for submitting applications for the confirmation of competence in electronic form was improved. Now, every 7th application (about 15%) is submitted through user accounts in the Federal Government Information System (the FGIS) of the Federal Service for Accreditation. The demand for electronic registration of declarations has grown – in 2016, about 30 thousand declarations were registered with its help. However, the head of the Federal Service for Accreditation estimated this volume of using the service as insufficient, since during the last year more than 995 thousand declarations of conformity were entered the Registers of the Service. The Federal Service for Accreditation plans to further develop and promote this electronic service.

"The main task we want to achieve this year as part of computerization is moving to the digital area of ​​accreditation by the summer of 2017," announced the head of the Federal Service for Accreditation and he also explained that at the moment the information on the region to which the applicant was accredited, consisting of the list of technical regulations, codes of classifiers, GOSTs (National State Standards), parameters and other files, were stored in the system in the form of scan-images of paper documents. "Our task is to convert this array into a machine-readable format. This is a very ambitious task. We will need to develop additional classifiers and directories in order to structure the areas of accreditation and bring them into electronic form", said the head of the department.

In early 2017, the composition of the Public Council at the Federal Service for Accreditation was updated. One of the innovations in its work, according to Aleksey Khersontsev, is the expansion of the list of its working bodies, the formation of new standing committees and working groups in all key areas and spheres.

Following the reports of his colleagues, Aleksey Khersontsev drew the audience's attention to the analysis of the Service's performance indicators, highlighting the obvious fact that the key problem for normal operations of the Federal Service for Accreditation was the limitation of available resources. He named one of the key tasks for the following two years – reduction in unjustified labor costs for internal activities, and first of all – reduction in the "paper work amount".

Some of the functions of the Federal Service for Accreditation are planned to be delegated to the subordinate organizations; the operational costs of the Service will be further enhanced by the further improvement of the FGIS – both increase in its productivity and further automation of routine processes are planned.

The second major task is "further adjustment of accreditation procedures" that needs to be more flexible. It is necessary to introduce the concept of "accreditation program".

"We shall have our own accreditation program for each standard and, where required, a field of activity, for the compliance with which we conduct accreditation. For each program there shall be an area of ​​accreditation. And for the same types of bodies, depending on the scope of their activities, various rules of work and our assessment thereof can be introduced. This will make it possible to differentiate the mandatory accreditation and the voluntary one, to manage records in the register more correctly", explained Aleksey Khersontsev.

"It is also necessary to complete our system of "punishments" and "rewards" by developing categories of nonconformity – critical, uncritical, to develop a more flexible approach to the timing of their elimination", added the head of the Federal Service for Accreditation.

The Head of the Service also expressed his confidence in the fact that the global goal of the activity of the Federal Service for Accreditation had to be the creation of new values. "Throughout the world, accreditation is seen as an institution that, on the condition of its proper adjustment, promotes economic growth, creates new values ​​for the state, society and the market. We should not forget about this", said Aleksey Khersontsev.

During the meeting, Aleksey Khersontsev introduced to the participants of the meeting his new deputy Oleg Maltsev who was appointed on this post by the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation on April 20, 2017. The head of the Federal Service for Accreditation reported that Oleg Maltsev would supervise the administrative and financial issues of the Service, personnel work and development of information technologies as well as coordinate the work of the territorial subdivisions of the Federal Service for Accreditation. Prior to this position, Oleg Maltsev worked as the head of the Office of the Federal Service for Accreditation for the Urals Federal District.

During the meeting of the Board, the discussion of the priorities for medium-term activities outlined in the report of the Federal Service for Accreditation was attended by:

  • the members of the Public Council at the Federal Service for Accreditation – its chairman Vladimir Salamatov and the member of the Supreme Council of the “United Russia” Party, vice president of OPORA OF RUSSIA, the deputy chairman Marina Bludyan,
  • the Head of the Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology Aleksey Abramov,
  • the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Economic Policy, Industry, Innovative Development and Entrepreneurship Dmitry Sazonov,
  • the Head of the Autonomous Non-profit Organization "Russian Quality System" Maksim Protasov.

During the closing part of the meeting of the board, the Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Savva Shipov awarded with the Gratitude of the Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation the Head of the Department of Administrative and Financial Activity and Development of Information Technologies Vladimir Rushchak, the Deputy Head of the Department of Legal Support and International Cooperation Marina Burova, the Deputy Head of the Office of Legal Support and International Cooperation Aleksey Melyachenkov.

Summing up the results of the meeting, Savva Shipov noted that the main challenge for the Service was not to stop the current work, but to be engaged in changes and improve work. "The Federal Service for Accreditation is constantly engaged in self-improvement", emphasized the Deputy Minister, expressing his gratitude to the employees of the Federal Service for Accreditation for the ideas and proposals raised during the meeting of the board.