BSCA celebrates WAD 2016
Following its annual tradition, the Belarusian State Centre for Accreditation (BSCA) celebrated World Accreditation Day on June 9, 2016.
Promoting accreditation as a tool to support public policy, WAD 2016 became a platform for the 5th meeting of BSCA Accreditation Council, as it is the body where most public policy makers meet to discuss accreditation issues. Apart from governmental ministries, the Accreditation Council includes in equal shares the scientific organizations, Consumer Rights Protection Society, associations of producers and entrepreneurs as well as accredited conformity assessment bodies.
The Accreditation Council meeting Chair emphasized the importance and benefits of accreditation as an instrument for ensuring accurate and impartial results that can be relied upon by government to execute their regulatory and legislative duties. Ms.Tatyana Nikolaeva – Director of the Belarusian State Centre for Accreditation – presented a report on the activities of BSCA from 2010-2015 and its further development strategy. These thorough discussions helped identify pillars to be strengthened and improved in future.
BSCA expands bilateral cooperation
BSCA uses the tool of bilateral cooperation in accreditation to respond to real-life necessities of international trade and thus, to support economic links between Belarus and its trade partners.
Recently BSCA signed a Memoranda of Understanding with the Accreditation Body of Serbia, the Bureau of Accreditation of Vietnam, the National Accreditation Center of Iran, the Gulf Cooperation Council Accreditation Center, the Bulgarian Accreditation Service, and the National Committee for Accreditation of the Republic of Indonesia.
So far, BSCA has signed 19 Agreements/Memoranda. Direct cooperation with partner accreditation bodies makes knowledge flow easier and offers a handy channel for professional communication between both ABs assessors and accredited CABs.
Thus, in pursuance of a Memorandum, colleagues from LATAK (the Latvian National accreditation body) visited BSCA in June 6-10 to share its experience in the application of ISO/IEC 17021 (parts 1,2,3). The workshops brought together about 80 persons. Representatives of certification bodies and BSCA staff had a chance to upgrade their skills and knowledge to better comply with the requirements of the international standards.
BSCA pre-evaluated by EA team
2016 started with a challenging event for the Belarusian State Centre for Accreditation (BSCA). From January 18-22 2016 an EA team pre-evaluated BSCA for compliance with the criteria for signing the EA bilateral recognition agreement in the following fields: testing, calibration, certification.
Relevant Standards and corresponding EA, IAF, ILAC guidance were used to evaluate BSCA.
Based on the interviews, documentation analysis and witnessing assessment activities, the EA team concluded that BSCA has competent staff, an appropriate structure within the organisation and performs professional assessments on site. As a result of the above mentioned activities, the EA team recommended the continuation of the peer evaluation process of BSCA.