July 08, 2015
On July 7, 2015 in Athens Savva Shipov, the head of Federal Accreditation Service, and Christos Sinanis Agazir, the president and managing director of the Hellenic Accreditation System, have signed the Memorandum of understanding between the Federal Accreditation Service and national accreditation body of Greece.
According to the present Memorandum, the Federal Accreditation Service and the Hellenic Accreditation Systemare tend to exchange and share information and analytical materials on the issues of accreditation, to study the best practice frameworks for accreditation as well as to carry out joint programs of personnel training and exchange of experts. In addition, the document provides the parties with the possibility to participate in accreditation and surveillance procedures held on the territory of two states.
"Today, the issue of development of bilateral relations in the field of accreditation is very important. In the context of globalization and rapid development of the international trade, the market requires tools that will facilitate the harmonization of requirements for products to trade and integration into the global economic space. Signing of the Memorandum of understanding with Hellenic Accreditation System is only the first step towards further expansion of cooperation and also for the mutual recognition of results of accreditation by the partner countries and elimination of technical barriers in trade between them", - noted Savva Shipov, the head of Federal Accreditation Service.
In the framework of visit to Greece, the representatives of delegation of the Federal Accreditation Service have participated in the training seminars on accreditation of laboratories, certification bodies and inspection bodies as well. They also examined in practice the procedures of on-site assessment of certification bodies according to the standard ISO 22000 "Food safety management systems - Requirements for any organization in the food chain” and laboratory with the regard to carry out chemical analysis of pesticides in food products.
Recently, the Federal Accreditation Service has been actively working to establish bilateral cooperation. The Hellenic Accreditation System became the eighth national accreditation body with which the Memorandum of understanding has been already signed. Plans for the current year include the signing of Memorandums with a number of the countries, including China, Serbia and Spain. Signing of this agreement with national accreditation body of Mongolia is also scheduled for July. Moreover, recently the Federal Accreditation Service has applied for membership in Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC). In June during APLAC General Assembly Federal Accreditation Service presented the report on this issue of applying for membership that has been also approved.