The results of the third stage of project “Approximation of accreditation systems of Russia and the European Union”

October 02, 2015

September 17, 2015

On the 16th of September a round table within the framework of Project “Approximation of accreditation systems of Russia and the European Union” was held at the World Trade Centre in Moscow. The participants of the event were as follows: the Head of the European cooperation for accreditation Thomas Facklam, the Head of the Federal Service for accreditation Savva Shipov and Deputy Head Sergey Migin, project experts from the European Union Zinaida Gorina and Evangelos Bakeas, representatives of the Eurasian Economic Commission, members of the Public Council of the Federal Service for accreditation and other persons concerned.

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The interim results of the work within the framework of the Project were summarized and possible areas of harmonization of the Russian accreditation system with the European and international requirements were identified in the course of the roundtable. The EU representatives expressed their recommendations for on-site evaluations in the framework of accreditation, for ensuring competence of the experts conducting such assessments, for the work of the Public Council of the Federal Service for accreditation and for implementation of the management system in RusAccreditation. The results of the project were also discussed during the meeting of the Steering Committee, which was held the previous day.

Addressing a welcome speech to the participants of the round table, Savva Shipov noted the great significance of the Project in terms of forming-up a system of accreditation in Russia. “It is difficult to overestimate the contribution made by European experts into our common affair, i.e. bringing of the Russian accreditation system in line with the international standards. The analysis of our regulatory document has been performed. A large number of training seminars have been carried out as well. We have spent a lot of hours on discussions of the issues, which facilitate mutual understanding and approximation of positions”, explained he.

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The analysis of the project results, according to the Head of the Federal Service for accreditation allows evaluating discrepancies with the European practice and understanding what lies behind these discrepancies, “This is extremely important because we need to develop the Russian accreditation system further and make decisions about what needs to be done for the discrepancies not to be discrepancies, but, for example, features. Or, if they still remain discrepancies, to take measures to eliminate them.”

The Director General of the World Trade Centre, the Chairman of the Public Council of the Federal Service for accreditation Vladimir Salamatov noted that the project with the European Union is “extremely important” in the context of the challenge as to join the international organizations for accreditation facing the Federal Service for accreditation.

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Bringing the Russian accreditation system in line with the international standards and European requirements, as the Head of the European Cooperation for Accreditation Thomas Facklam emphasized, will serve the purposes of achieving mutual recognition of the accreditation results and conformity assessment. “Certainly, some things in the Russian accreditation system need to be improved, which requires certain efforts. And one of the tasks of our project is to support you on this way”, Mr. Facklam explained.

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Project “Approximation of accreditation systems of Russia and the European Union” was launched in 2012 with the support and financing of the European Union. The project consists of several stages. The first of them was dedicated to a detailed analysis of the text of the Federal Law “On Accreditation in the National Accreditation System”. In the second stages the experts of the European Cooperation for Accreditation analyzed sub-legal base and proposed recommendations on improvement of both the legal base and other components of the accreditation system in Russia for it to comply with the European and international requirements and standards. In the framework of the third phase of the project, the results of which were announced at the round table, a series of training activities on the international standards was held for employees of the Federal Service for accreditation and accreditation experts. The trainings were held in all the federal districts of the Russian Federation, having brought together over 300 participants. In addition, European experts observed the on-site evaluation of the Russian certification bodies and calibration laboratory. The Project completion is scheduled for December 2015.