November 01, 2017
Dear participants of the Accreditation System!
The Federal Service for Accreditation was established on November 1, 2011 according to the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 845 dated October 17, 2011. Today RusAccreditation celebrates its 6th anniversary. During this period, a new branch of legislation was created, new institutions of the Public Council and Commission on Appeals, permanent coordination agencies of RusAccreditation and an information infrastructure consolidating all the participants of the accreditation system were established. Moreover, a wealth of experience was accumulated regarding cooperation with trade associations of various industry branches, as well as international accreditation institutions and accreditation bodies of many countries.
Governing accreditation procedures and increasing quality level of operation of the accredited entities, we adhered to the main objective of RusAccreditation which is focused on since its inception -- to ensure credibility of national certification bodies and laboratories providing statutory requirement attestation services in Russia and worldwide. We shaped the national accreditation system in association with members of committees and work groups of the Public Council of RusAccreditation and national public associations: RSPP, OPORA Rossii, CCI of Russia, Delovaya Rossia, as well as with our counterparts from the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, Federal Agency on Technical Regulation and Metrology and a number of other dedicated Federal Executive Agencies.
Over the past six years of our joint work, we managed to achieve great triumphs, however there yet remain certain problems that require solution. The Unified Register of Attestation Documents for the statutory sphere was established, large-scale computerization of the sector is under way, and the attestation system of good laboratory practice was developed from the scratch.
The sixth year of activity of our Federal Service will make history as the year of international recognition of the National Accreditation System. The audit of RusAccreditation performed by international specialists of Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) proved compliance of the accreditation system developed in the Russian Federation with international standards, high proficiency level of RusAccreditation's employees and acting accreditation experts. RusAccreditation joined the APLAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (APLAC MRA) and then the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (ILAC MRA) that incorporates accreditation bodies of 95 economies of the world. This will boost export of Russian goods and will further contribute to barrier-free trade. The next global objective in focus is signing a similar agreement with International Accreditation Forum (IAF), and the upcoming new year of the Federal Service activities will to a large extent be dedicated to tackling this objective.
On the current agenda, there is also modernization of our information systems and transition to completely “digital” accredited entities register, implementation of new supervision technologies, enhancement of effectiveness of cooperation with market oversight bodies, improvement of our own performance and effectiveness in provision of public services. Our objective is to ensure, through joint efforts, maximum credibility of the results of accredited entities’ activities, establish new accreditation programs to enable accredited entities to offer their customers highly sought services in the sphere of conformity assessment, promote the development of modern Russian test centers and national industry and create opportunities facilitating the entry of Russian products to foreign markets.
I would like to thank all the participants of the Accreditation System for dedicated contribution, integrity and professionalism, and wish success in our future work.
Head of the Federal Service for Accreditation