May 17, 2018
At the Eurasian Economic Union summit held in Sochi on May 14 the heads of five Member States of the EAEU took a number of decisions on further rapprochement of the EAEU countries’ economies including one establishing the Council of the Heads of Accreditation Bodies of the EAEU Member States. This was announced by Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, at the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.
The Council of the Heads of Accreditation Bodies of the EAEU Member States was established upon the suggestion of the Eurasian Economic Commission actively encouraged by the Federal Service for Accreditation.
The establishment of the Council of the Heads will promote the adoption of a single and coherent approach towards accreditation and technical regulation documents in the Union which are being drafted for the implementation of the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union of May 29, 2014. It will contribute to determining the format of peer assessments and intensify harmonization of key documents applied by accreditation bodies as well as cooperation among their information systems.
Under the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council decision, the Council of the Heads shall ensure elaboration of legal framework for the creation of regional association (organization) of accreditation bodies representing countries of the Eurasian region. The Council of the Heads is entitled to adopt decisions following the results of peer assessments of accreditation bodies of the EAEU Member States, and to encourage elaboration and implementation of action plans for better development of accreditation in the Union. It is entitled to work out common approach towards accreditation in the course of cooperation with international and regional accreditation organizations as well as to carry out research on international practice and to secure that the Member States share their experience in the sphere of accreditation.
The Council of the Heads shall also draft proposals laying down strategy, route and perspectives of accreditation in the field of technical regulation in the Union. It shall set up effective means for the implementation of accreditation action plans. It shall enhance and harmonize the Member States’ legislation on accreditation and facilitate digitalization of processes in the field of accreditation.
The Council of the Heads shall consist of the heads of the Member States’ accreditation bodies. The Chairman of the Council of the Heads shall chair its meetings and generally manage its activities.
The Chairman of the Council of the Heads is elected at the meeting of the Council of the Heads from among its members by direct and open ballot. He/She is elected on a rotational basis for a period of one year. Meetings of the Council of the Heads shall be held as necessary, but at least twice a year.
The establishment of the Council of the Heads is the first step towards the creation of regional association (organization) for accreditation.