May 16, 2018
Alexey Khersontsev, Head of the Federal Service for Accreditation, opened the 14th Moscow International Innovation Forum “Accurate measurement: the basis of quality and safety” and underlined the importance of this event for ensuring the unity and accuracy of measurements in modern world.
Three-day discussions were attended by public officials and the representatives of science and business communities as well as by domestic engineering enterprises, metrology institutes and foreign experts. Alexey Abramov, Head of the Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology (RosStandard), and Oksana Mezenceva, Head of the Department of State policy in the Field of Technical regulation and Ensuring unity of Measurements of the Ministry of Industry and Trade appeared among the special guests of the event.
Aleksey Khersontsev welcomed the participants by emphasizing the high level of the forum agenda and the increasing role of engineering and accurate measurements in digital economy, where “a human being becomes less and less engaged in the processes, while technology takes his place”. The three-day forum agenda includes a conference on the problems of metrology in the era of digitalization. The head of the Service expressed his view that the event should cover the most relevant issues the Service was planning to deal with shortly, such as calibration e-certificates and IT cooperation in the field of verification, virtual measurements and digital data processing.
Aleksey Khersontsev announced that the agenda revealed the current challenges and the importance of metrology in the economy of the future. He also marked the significance of the government decision which enhanced RosStandard’s authority by allowing it to pursue a common industrial policy in the production of measurement tools. Alexey Abramov added that this would bring Russian measurement equipment in conformity with modern requirements and, therefore, encourage the general trend towards import substitution.
Aleksey Khersontsev went on to emphasize that the agenda covered the promotion of global harmonization for conformity assessment of measuring instruments and the importance of measurements for the implementation of control measures, as well as metrological assistance of retail trade.
One of the main tasks of the Federal Service for Accreditation is to introduce Russian goods and services to foreign trade which might happen through the accession to the Mutual Recognition Arrangement of the International Laboratory Accreditation Organization (ILAC) which took place in 2017 and allowed to use the results of Russian laboratories’ calibration in the field of cross-border aviation.
The accession to the ILAC MRA imposes an obligation on accredited calibration laboratories to follow the ILAC Policy for uncertainty in calibration which requires laboratories to assess these uncertainties and, thus, to show their calibration and measurement capability (CMC).
Alexey Khersontsev reported that there are currently 170 bodies accredited for calibration in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025. Some of them, however, have had their accreditation suspended for they failed to apply the ILAC Policy. The last year revision of ISO / IEC 17025 “General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories” indicates the increasing role of calibration in conformity assessment and metrological traceability.
The need for calibration is expected to enhance by the end of a three-year transition period the standard requires. According to the Head of Federal Service for Accreditation, this will encourage both the producers of measuring instruments and the participants of the national accreditation system and, therefore, the Service will do its best to implement ISO / IEC 17025 to the last detail.