The field of conformity assessment and accreditation in Ukraine is regulated by the Laws of Ukraine On Technical Regulations And Conformity Assessment and On Accreditation Of Bodies Engaged In Conformity Assessment.
The Law of Ukraine On Technical Regulations And Conformity Assessment sets common legal and organizational grounds for elaboration, adoption and application of technical regulations and procedures of conformity assessment, provision of conformity assessment in line with European requirements and provisions of the Agreements of the WTO on technical barriers to trade.
In particular, the adoption of the Law of Ukraine On Technical Regulations And Conformity Assessment created legal framework for harmonization of "vertical (sectorial) legislation," enshrined in Section 2 of Supplement III to the Ukraine - European Union Association Agreement, as Ukraine takes all required steps to sign the Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Goods (ACAA) in order to meet Articles 56 and 57 of Chapter 3 Technical Barriers To Trade of the Ukraine - European Union Association Agreement.
Ukraine's joining to the ACAA will allow distribution of goods envisioned by the Agreement in the EU market without additional challenges and conformity assessment procedures.
Of 27 sectors described in the Supplement, Ukraine, following respective legislative acts of the EU, adopted 24 technical regulations, of which 23 are binding. Ukraine has yet to elaborate three more technical regulations in relevant sectors (the ones touching civil explosives, packaging and packaging wastes, high-speed railways).
In view of certain changes in the European legislation, under which a number of EU directives have been revised and offered in new wordings, adopted technical regulations are being revised in order to bring them in line with new versions of the EU directives.
Ukraine has adopted a total of 56 technical regulations (relevant list of adopted technical regulations is posted on the official website of the Economy Development and Trade Ministry of Ukraine in the category Activity, sub-category Technical Regulation → Technical Regulations), of them 52 were elaborated based on the EU legislative acts, including directives of the New and Global Approaches, of which 54 are already binding.
At present, the infrastructure of the appointed bodies engaged in assessment of conformity of products to requirements of technical regulations consists of 114 accredited bodies (relevant list of appointed bodies is posted on the official website of the Economy Development and Trade Ministry of Ukraine in category Activity, sub-category Technical Regulation → List of Appointed Bodies Engaged In Conformity Assessment).
The National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine (hereinafter NAAU) acts in compliance with the Law of Ukraine On Accreditation Of Bodies Engaged In Conformity Assessment.
The NAAU is a state-run organization established and controlled by the Economy Development and Trade Ministry of Ukraine. The NAAU is engaged in non-commercial economic activity.
The NAAU provides its accreditation to the following bodies engaged in conformity assessment:
testing and calibration laboratories;
management systems certification bodies;
personnel certification bodies;
product certification bodies;
professional testing providers.
Potential customers having access to rendering of accreditation services can be conformity assessment bodies despite their ownership form.
Accreditation of conformity assessment bodies rendered by the NAAU has been recognized at the European and international levels.
The NAAU has obtained the status of signatory of the Bilateral Agreements on Recognition with the European co-operation for accreditation (EA) for accreditation of bodies engaged in certification of products, management systems and personnel, inspectorates, testing and calibration laboratories.
Besides the NAAU has obtained the status of a full member of International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and become a signatory of the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA).
The NAAU is also a member of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and a signatory of a The IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (IAF MLA) in the areas of accreditation of product certification bodies, personnel certification bodies and quality management certification bodies, environment, information security, food safety products, as well as quality management systems for medical products and energy management systems.
More information about the NAAU activity is available on: www.naau.org.ua.
Major promising fields of Ministry's concern in the sector of conformity assessment and accreditation for the nearest future are as follows:
1. International recognition of the system of technical regulation of Ukraine (preparation for signing of the АСАА on standalone types of products between Ukraine and the EU).
2. Adoption of new and bringing of existing technical regulations of Ukraine in line with EU legislative acts.
3. Development of effective infrastructure of appointed bodies engaged in assessment of product conformity to requirements of technical regulations.
4. Expansion of range of services rendered by the NAAU and assistance in recognition of the national system of accreditation at the European and international levels.
Achievement of the goals will facilitate an increase in the level of social stability and welfare of the country, further development of trading and investment cooperation with the countries of the European Union, as well as to removal of technical barriers to trade.
Ministry for Development of Economy,
Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine
01008, Ukraine, Kiyv city,
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