On May 12, 2016 in Kazakh Agro Technical University, named after S. Seifullin, the National Center of Accreditation organised an extended meeting of the Accreditation Council on a topic: “Accreditation: Global tool to support Public Policy”.
The event was timed to the World Accreditation Day which an international community celebrates annually on June 9. The motto of 2016 is: “Accreditation: Global tool to support Public Policy”.
Product conformity assessment is conducted by the certification bodies and /or testing laboratories to ensure its compliance with national and international standard requirements. And the competence of such bodies and laboratories, in its turn, is confirmed by a single authorized body. In Kazakhstan this function is performed by the National Centre of Accreditation (NCA).
Accreditation in the field of conformity assessment is a basis for conformity assessment, as it determines the competency of certification bodies, testing, calibration and medical laboratories to carry out specific conformity assessment tasks.
The accreditation system for conformity assessment of the Republic of Kazakhstan is mature and complies with international standards. The legal basis of the national accreditation system is defined by a separate law “On Accreditation in the field of conformity assessment”; procedures and document forms are regulated by the normative legal acts and documents of a management system based on the requirements of international standard ISO/IEC 17011, “Conformity assessment -- General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies”.
Several speakers gave presentations at this meeting:
-While opening the meeting, the Vice-Minister of Investment and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Albert Rau, emphasized the importance of accreditation to implement Public Policy.
-The Chairman of the Consumer Protection Committee of the Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Aliakpar Matishev, described the work being done in the field of product safety and public health, mentioned the ongoing tests in accredited laboratories to reduce the risk of injurious action to the life, health, and environment including flora and fauna, and also described the amendments to the Law “On Protection of Consumers' Rights”.
-Deputy Chairman of Technical Regulation and Metrology Committee, Galymzhan Dugalov, provided information regarding the current state of the Kazakhstan accreditation system and prospects for its development. In particular, he mentioned that the quality infrastructure of Kazakhstan complies with an international model, described the accreditation body achievements, mentioned improvement of a single accreditation system in the industry, and ongoing work on the accreditation process automation.
-Former Ambassador of the Slovak Republic in the Republic of Kazakhstan (2005-2011yy.) Mr. Dusan Podgorsky spoke about modern tasks of accreditation and control over the market.
-The Chairman of the Trade Unions Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Abelgazi Kussainov, presented a history of the technical regulation system in the Republic.
-Head of the testing laboratory of JSC “SNPS-Aktobemunaigas”, Kulyash Kaliyeva spoke about the role of accreditation to ensure the quality of products manufactured at the JSC “SNPS-Aktobemunaigas”.
-The President of the Association of Legal Entities “National Association of Construction Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan”, Ermuhanov Adelsha, spoke about the necessity to use an accredited conformity assessment in the construction industry.
In order to clarify the use of an accredited conformity assessment, the international organizations in the field of conformity assessment, such as ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation), IAF (International Accreditation Forum), ISO (International Organization for Standardization), IIOC (Independent International Organization for Certification) developed a website www.publicsectorassurance.org to provide examples of how accredited conformity assessment is used around the world.
After listening to and discussing the presentations by the participants of the Accreditation Council Extended meeting, it was proposed to activate cooperation between the line ministries and accreditation body, and to continue informing state entities and public regarding the need of accreditation to comply with the international standards.
Mr. Serik Kurmangaliyev
National Center of Accreditation (NCA) of the Republic of Kazakhstan