About Accreditation

The modern world characterised by the globalisation and liberalisation of world trade imposes ever-growing requirements to producers in terms of safety and quality of goods and services. Requirements are becoming more extensive due to constantly increasing demands and needs of the consumers, companies and public authorities.

Since accreditation provides confidence in safety, impartial and independent performance of testing, calibration, inspection and certification activities it is essential in almost all areas of production and in all industrial branches.

This section provides useful and important information about the accreditation process, surveillance, renewal, changes in the scope of accreditation, obligations, suspension, expiry of accreditation validity period, complaints and appeals, and accreditation process flowchart.

General Background

General

Definitions

DEFINITIONS

Accreditation
Accreditation is the determination by a national accreditation body whether the conformity assessment body meets the requirements for performance of certain conformity assessment activities, which are set out in the relevant Serbian, or international and European harmonized standards, and, where applicable, all additional requirements defined for particular areas, including the requirements set out in the relevant sectoral conformity assessment schemes.

Accreditation Body
National accreditation body in charge of accreditation.

Appeal
Request by a CAB for reconsideration of any decision made by the accreditation body that has adverse effect on a conformity assessment body and that is related to its desired accreditation status.

Interested Parties
Parties with a direct or indirect interest in accreditation.
Note: Direct interest refers to the interest of those who undergo accreditation; indirect interest refers to bodies and other organisations who use or rely on accredited conformity assessment services.

Logo of the Accreditation Body
Logo used by an accreditation body to identify itself.

Surveillance

Set of activities, except reassessment, which are undertaken to monitor the continued fulfilment by accredited CABs of requirements for accreditation.

Note: Surveillance includes both on-site assessments and other surveillance activities such as the following:

- enquiries from the accreditation body to the CAB on aspects concerning the accreditation,

- requests to the CAB to provide documents and records (e.g. results of internal audits, management reviews, records, complaints/appeals records, copies of conformity certificates issued under certification, updated list of personnel – in laboratory; inspectors; auditors/assessors, updated list of certified clients, list of consultants, updated list of those inspecting results of internal quality control);

- monitoring the performance of CABs (such as results of participating in inter-laboratory comparisons, PT schemes, etc.),

- reviewing correctness of the use of the accreditation symbol and reference to accreditation.

Assessment
Process undertaken by an accreditation body to assess the competence of a CAB on the basis of specific standard(s) and/or other normative documents for the defined scope of accreditation.
Note: assessment of CAB competence involves competence assessment of the entire operations of the CAB, including competence of the personnel, validity of the conformity assessment methodology and validity of the conformity assessment results.

Accreditation Withdrawal
Process of cancelling accreditation in full.

Witnessing
Observation of the conformity assessment body carrying out conformity assessment activities within requested/granted scope of accreditation.

Scope of Accreditation
Specific conformity assessment services for which accreditation is sought or has been granted.

Complaint
Expression of dissatisfaction, other than appeal, by any person or organisation, to an accreditation body, relating to the activities of that accreditation body or of an accredited CAB where a response is expected.

Extending Accreditation
Process of enlarging the scope of accreditation.

Accreditation Certificate
A set of documents stating that aaccreditation is granted for the defined scope of accreditation (list of accredited conformity assessment activities).

Accreditation Symbol and Reference to Accreditation
The accreditation symbol is a protected mark owned by ATS for the use of which ATS gives permission to accredited CABs to indicate their accreditation status. An accredited CAB can make text reference to accreditation and it can also refer to ATS status as a signatory to the multilateral agreements on mutual recognition instead of using the accreditation symbol.

Combined Marks
The marks of ILAC or IAF agreements on mutual recognition in combination with the accreditation symbol are combined marks for the use of which ATS gives permission to accredited conformity assessment bodies.

Reducing Accreditation
Process of cancelling accreditation for part of the scope of accreditation.

Suspending Accreditation
Process of temporarily making accreditation invalid, in full or for part of the scope of accreditation.

Conformity Assessment Body (CAB)
Legal entity holding legal responsibility or part thereof, which performs conformity assessment services, including testing, calibration, certification, inspection, verification and validation or proficiency testing.

Note: Whenever the word "CAB" is used in the text, it applies to both the "applicant and accredited CABs" unless otherwise specified.

Certificate of Conformity
Test report, calibration certificate, certificate, inspection report or certificate, verification/validation report, proficiency testing report issued by an accredited conformity assessment body for the activities covered by the scope of accreditation that was granted.

International Organisations
International organisations that ATS is a member of: European co-operation for Accreditation (EA), International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Laboratory Accreditation cooperation (ILAC).

Accreditation Criteria

ACCREDITATION CRITERIA

- Accreditation Criteria 

The criteria for granting and maintaining accreditation are set forth in the following documents:
- Law on Accreditation;
- Serbian standards transposing international or European harmonised standards, that contain general criteria or requirements that need to be met by conformity assessment bodies for certain types/fields of accreditation;
- mandatory documents such as guides for the implementation of European and international standards, and guides in the  field of accreditation and conformity assessment guides published by the ЕА, IAF and ILAC;
- rules of accreditation.
List of Documents Containing Requirements to Be Met by Conformity Assessment Bodies is also available on request.

- Changes in the Accreditation Criteria

In case of any changes in the accreditation criteria, ATS shall inform conformity assessment bodies thereof, and of transitional period during which CABs are obliged to make necessary adjustments to conform to the changed criteria.

- Information about Accreditation Criteria

ATS keeps all relevant information about the accreditation criteria up to date on the official internet portal of the Accreditation Body of Serbia, and they are also available on request.
 

Transfer of Accreditation

TRANSFER OF ACCREDITATION

If the status or the owner of an accredited conformity assessment body is changed, ATS shall transfer accreditation to the legal successor to the conformity assessment body provided that the former:
- accepted the policy and management system procedures of the conformity assessment body;
- kept the key personnel of the conformity assessment body;
- kept and continues to implement the conformity assessment methods and procedures used by the previously accredited conformity assessment body;
- kept the equipment and appliances, and facilities of the accredited conformity assessment body to the extent necessary and sufficient to competently perform conformity assessment activities.

If it is necessary to transfer accreditation, the accredited conformity assessment body shall make a formal request to ATS. The said request shall contain the following:
- rationale behind the request for accreditation transfer;
- clear and precise description of the new legal status, and all relevant documents confirming the new legal status;
- description of possible changes in the management system;
- declaration made by the new owner/management to confirm that they shall meet the accreditation criteria;
- planned activities with defined deadline for updating the quality manual, documented procedures and other documents in accordance with the changes that were made;
- where applicable information about updating necessary contracts with employees, contracts with subcontractors, etc.

ATS shall, depending on the changes that were made, decide whether to make a decision on the accreditation transfer on the basis of submitted documents or whether to make an adequate decision after obtaining additional information or after a surveillance assessment has been carried out.

Confidentiality

CONFIDENTIALITY

The ATS employees, members of the ATS organs and expert bodies, and persons contracted to perform certain activities on behalf of ATS are under obligation to ensure confidentiality of data and information they collect while performing activities on behalf of ATS. In case of a legal obligation to publish those data, ATS shall inform in writing the interested parties thereof.

ATS defined the documents and data it considers as confidential, methods to maintain confidentiality status and procedures to be implemented in case of breach of the confidentiality rule.

 

Language to Be Used during the Accreditation Procedure

LANGUAGE TO BE USED DURING THE ACCREDITATION PROCEDURE

ATS shall conduct the accreditation procedure in Serbian. In case of cross-frontier accreditation, i.e. in case of recruitment of a foreign assessor in the assessment team, the assessment or part of the assessment shall be carried out in English language or in the language agreed in advance of the assessment.

Accreditation Fees

ACCREDITATION FEES

Conformity assessment bodies are under obligation to pay adequate accreditation fees in accordance with the signed contract stipulating mutual rights and obligations, and in accordance with the Charging Policy Document.

Cross-frontier Accreditation

CROSS-FRONTIER ACCREDITATION 

The policy applied by ATS when accreditation is provided to a conformity assessment body with the head office outside the Republic of Serbia or to a conformity assessment body established in the Republic of Serbia, but that has locations and/or key activities in another country, is prescribed in the Cross-frontier Accreditation Rules.

Accreditation Procedure

ACCREDITATION PROCEDURE

Getting Informed about the Accreditation Procedure
         - Submission of the Application for Accreditation
         - Documentation Necessary to Initiate the Accreditation Process

Reviewing the Application for Accreditation
         - Reviewing the Application for Accreditation
         - Contracting
         - Preliminary visit

Getting Ready for the Assessment

Assessment
         - Documentary Review
         - On-site Assessment
         - Elimination of Nonconformities

Granting Accreditation to Applicants
         - Accreditation-related Decision
         - Accreditation Certificate

Submission of the Application for Accreditation

SUBMISSION OF THE APPLICATION FOR ACCREDITATION

Completed Accreditation Application form (hardcopy) signed and stamped by the authorised person shall be sent, together with the all documents and data as requested in Part IV of the Application for Accreditation, to the following address:

Accreditation Body of Serbia
Vlajkovićeva 3, 5th floor
11000 Beograd 6
poštanski fah 92
Serbia

A separate application for accreditation shall be completed for each scheme of accreditation. A conformity assessment body shall submit, together with the completed accreditation application form, relevant documents/information/data provided in the relevant annex to the Application for Accreditation as specified below*:

Scheme of accreditation Initial accreditation/
reaccreditation
(title of the document)
Extension to the scope of accreditation
(title of the document)
Testing laboratory (SRPS ISO/IEC 17025) ATS-PR11-O01 +

ATS-PR11-O01_D.1

ATS-PR11-O01_D.1.1
Calibration laboratory (SRPS ISO/IEC 17025)     

 

 ATS-PR11-O01 +

ATS-PR11-O01_D.2

ATS-PR11-O01_D.2.1
Medical laboratory (SRPS EN ISO 15189)     ATS-PR11-O01 +

ATS-PR11-O01_D.3

ATS-PR11-O01_D.3.1
Inspection body (SRPS ISO/IEC 17020)   
 
ATS-PR11-O01 +

ATS-PR11-O01_D.4 

ATS-PR11-O01_D.4.1
Certification body (product) (SRPS ISO/IEC 17065)     ATS-PR11-O01 +

ATS-PR11-O01_D.5 

ATS-PR11-O01_D.5.1

Certification body (management systems) (SRPS ISO/IEC 17021)  

ATS-PR11-O01 +

ATS-PR11-O01_D.6  

ATS-PR11-O01_D.6.1
Certification body (persons) (SRPS ISO/IEC 17024)    
 
ATS-PR11-O01 +

ATS-PR11-O01_D.7 

ATS-PR11-O01_D.7.1

PT provider (SRPS ISO/IEC 17043)   
 

ATS-PR11-O01 +

ATS-PR11-O01_D.8

ATS-PR11-O01_D.8.1

Table key*:

- ATS-PR11-O01, Application for Accreditation

- ATS-PR11-O01_D.1, Annex D.1 to the Application for Accreditation (for testing laboratories – SRPS ISO/IEC 17025)

- ATS-PR11-O01_D.1.1, Annex D.1.1 to the Application for Accreditation (for testing laboratories – SRPS ISO/IEC 17025) – only for the extension to the scope of accreditation

- ATS-PR11-O01_D.1.1A Annex D.1.1 to the application for accreditation (for testing laboratories – SRPS ISO/IEC 17025) - only for the extension to the scope of accreditation for the purpose of designation

- ATS-PR11-O01_D.2, Annex D.2 to the Application for Accreditation (for calibration laboratories – SRPS ISO/IEC 17025)

- ATS-PR11-O01_D.2.1, Annex D.2.1 to the Application for Accreditation (for calibration laboratories – SRPS ISO/IEC 17025) – only for the extension to the scope of accreditation

- ATS-PR11-O01_D.3, Annex D.3 to the Application for Accreditation (for medical laboratories – SRPS ISO 15189)

- ATS-PR11-O01_D.3.1, Annex D.3.1 to the Application for Accreditation (for medical laboratories – SRPS ISO 15189) – only for the extension to the scope of accreditation

- ATS-PR11-O01_D.4, Annex D.4 to the Application for Accreditation (for inspection bodies – SRPS ISO/IEC 17020)

- ATS-PR11-O01_D.4.1, Annex D.4.1 to the Application for Accreditation (for inspection bodies – SRPS ISO/IEC 17020) – only for the extension to the scope of accreditation

- ATS-R11-O01_D.5, Annex D.5 to the Application for Accreditation (for certification bodies – SRPS ISO/IEC 17065)

- ATS-PR11-O01_D.5.1, Annex D.5.1 to the Application for Accreditation (for certification bodies – SRPS ISO/IEC 17065) – only for the extension to the scope of accreditation

- ATS-PR11-O01_D.6, Annex D.6 to the Application for Accreditation (for certification bodies – SRPS ISO/IEC 17021)

- ATS-PR11-O01_D.6.1, Annex D.6.1 to the Application for Accreditation (for certification bodies – SRPS ISO/IEC 17021) – only for the extension to the scope of accreditation

- ATS-PR11-O01_D.7, Annex D.7 to the Application for Accreditation (for certification bodies – SRPS ISO/IEC 17024)

- ATS-PR11-O01_D.7.1, Annex D.7.1 to the Application for Accreditation (for certification bodies – SRPS ISO/IEC 17024) – only for the extension to the scope of accreditation

- ATS-PR11-O01_D.8, Annex D.8 to the Application for Accreditation (for PT providers – SRPS ISO/IEC 17043)

- ATS-PR11-O01_D.8.1, Annex D.8.1 to the Application for Accreditation (for PT providers – SRPS ISO/IEC 17043) – only for the extension to the scope of accreditation

The requested scope of accreditation shall be formulated in keeping with the ATS guidelines for the formulation of the scopes of accreditation depending on the scheme of accreditation, whereas the said guidelines are available under Publications.

Moreover, it is necessary to emphasise that the criteria for granting and maintaining accreditation are set forth in the following documents:

- Law on Accreditation;

- Serbian standards and guides containing general criteria and/or requirements to be met by conformity assessment bodies for certain schemes of accreditation;

- mandatory documents such as guides for the implementation of European and international standards, and conformity assessment guides published by the ЕА, IAF and ILAC;

- accreditation rules.

The List of Documents Containing Requirements to be Met by the Applicants for Accreditation and Accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies is also available on request.

-    Changes in the Accreditation Criteria

In case of any changes in the accreditation criteria, ATS shall inform conformity assessment bodies thereof, and of transitional period during which they are obliged to make necessary adjustments to conform to the changed criteria.

-    Information about Accreditation Criteria

In addition to the said Rules, ATS keeps all relevant information about the accreditation criteria up to date on its official internet portal, and they can also be obtained on request.

CABs shall, as laid down in Article 1 of the Charging Policy Document (“Official Gazette of the RS”, No. 43/2013), pay in advance the adequate fee into ATS's account No. 840-867668-22 to cover the accreditation costs. A detailed instruction on accreditation costs and on how to complete the transfer order may be found in the document entitled Charging Policy Document and Instructions for the Implementation Thereof.

Note*):  Standards describing requirements for certain schemes of accreditation can be bought at the Institute for Standardization of Serbia (ISS), Stevana Brakusa 2 (Banovo Brdo), 11030 Belgrade or they can be ordered online via ISS website.

Phone numbers at the Institute’s Information Centre are as follows: +381 11 6547-293, +381 11 3409-310, e-mail: infocentar@iss

Reviewing the Application for Accreditation

REVIEWING THE APPLICATION FOR ACCREDITATION

An application for accreditation with accompanying documentation shall be filed by the ATS employees in an appropriate manner. Completeness and adequacy of each application for accreditation that was submitted and the accompanying documentation shall be reviewed. In case of submission of incomplete documentation, ATS will ask the conformity assessment body to complete the application. The missing documentation can be added only twice. If the conformity assessment body fails to submit fully completed application after two completions, ATS shall not accept the application and in that case the conformity assessment body has the right to appeal.

After the application for accreditation has been fully completed, it shall be reviewed when the adequacy and clarity of information submitted by the applicant for accreditation shall be determined, including the legal status of the applicant for accreditation, adequacy of the activity performed by the conformity assessment body that the accreditation is sought for and if accreditation for the activity for which the accreditation is sought is in the scope of the ATS activities. ATS shall assess its own competence-capacity to perform the assessment of the conformity assessment body in terms of its policy, competence and availability of adequate assessors and experts and other necessary resources, and its capacity to perform the initial assessment and grant accreditation on time.

If after the review, ATS cannot accept an accreditation application (e.g. if the scope of accreditation is outside the scope of the ATS activities or for any other justifiable reason), the conformity assessment body shall be informed thereof in writing with an adequate explanation of the reasons for refusal of application.

The conformity assessment body has the right to appeal if it is not pleased with the ATS decision to refuse the application.

- Contracting

After the application for accreditation has been accepted by ATS, mutual queries related to the accreditation procedure, issuance of the accreditation certificate, accreditation maintenance, and accreditation fees shall be stipulated in a contract concluded between ATS and a conformity assessment body. The Contract shall stipulate rights and obligations of the Contracting Parties and other issues related to accreditation, accreditation procedure, granting accreditation act, maintenance of accreditation, accreditation costs. The accreditation contract is concluded with the conformity assessment body - the legal entity that submitted the Application for accreditation, and the contract can state, when needed, the organisational unit of the applicant for accreditation wherein accredited activities will be performed. The Contract shall, on behalf of the conformity assessment body, be signed by the authorised representative of the legal entity. The Contract shall be legally binding from the date on which the contract was signed by the ATS Director. In case when the authorised representative of the legal entity fails to sign the Contract, ATS shall make a decision on accreditation procedure termination.

The conformity assessment body has the right to appeal if it is not pleased with the ATS decision to terminate the accreditation procedure.

- Preliminary visit

When completing an Application for accreditation, a conformity assessment body may wish for a preliminary visit to take place during which its readiness to continue with the assessment procedure shall be assessed, while the conformity assessment body shall bear the prescribed costs.

A preliminary visit shall be performed with the aim of:
- gaining an insight into the conformity assessment body’s organisational set-up, locations, and resources to comply with the scope of accreditation it applied for;
- evaluating its general readiness to proceed with the accreditation procedure;
- gaining an insight into the quality of documentary capacities of the management system as regards the requirements of reference accreditation documents of the conformity assessment body;
- evaluating the duration, scope and necessary resources for performing the assessment.

Minutes on the preliminary visit shall be produced and submitted to the conformity assessment body.

The deadline for commencing the performance of the follow-up activity related to the accreditation procedure shall not be longer than 3 months from the date of the preliminary visit. If the conformity assessment body fails to inform ATS about its willingness to continue with the accreditation procedure, it shall be deemed that it is no longer interested in continuing the accreditation procedure and ATS shall make a decision to terminate the accreditation procedure.

The conformity assessment body has the right to appeal if it is not pleased with the ATS decision to terminate the accreditation procedure.

Preparation for the Asessment

PREPARATION FOR THE ASSESSMENT

Appointment of the assessment team

The ATS assessment team shall be appointed according to the size of the conformity assessment body and diversity of fields and scopes of the conformity assessment activites the accreditation is sought for. The assessment team is composed of a lead assessor, relevant number of assessors/technical assessors and/or technical experts for each of the conformity assessment field.

ATS shall notify, in a timely manner, the conformity assessment body of the names of the assessment team members and organization in which they are employed, in order to enable the conformity assessment body to send a remark to the appointment of a specific team member. In case of written objections to certain members, those objections will be reviewed and if it is determined that the objection was justifiably raised, the new assessment team/Team Leader/team member will be appointed. If the conformity assessment body does not approve the newly appointed assessment team, ATS shall propose appointment of assessors/experts from accreditation bodies that are signatories to the multilateral agreements instead of the team member whose appointment was objected to. If the conformity assessment body does not even approve the newly appointed assessment team composed of foreign assessors/experts, ATS will make a decision on the termination of the accreditation procedure. The conformity assessment body has the right to appeal if it is not pleased with the ATS decision to terminate the accreditation procedure. Recruitment of assessors/technical experts from other accreditation bodies signatories to the ЕА MLA is also possible in the situation when ATS assesses, on the occasion of reviewing its own resources to perform the accreditation procedure, that it does not have sufficient competence, i.e. that it does not have human resources to competently and impartially perform the said assessment or in the case of cross-frontier accreditation.

Assessment

ASSESSMENT

The assessment procedure shall be performed by the appointed assessment team by means of a phased approach: documentary review and on-site assessment that also includes witnessing the implementation of the conformity assessment procedures.

- Documentary Review

Documentary review shall be performed by the assessment team. Documentary reviews show whether the documentation is in conformity with the requirements of reference documents relating to the type/field and scope of accreditation that was sought. Nonconformities and/or shortcomings identified in this phase shall be eliminated within the defined deadline. If the conformity assessment body fails to submit evidence on time that the said nonconformities and/or shortcomings were eliminated, ATS shall ask the conformity assessment body to submit a written explanation of its intention to proceed with the accreditation procedure.

If the conformity assessment body fails to submit the explanation on the continuation of the accreditation procedure within the defined deadline, i.e. if it fails to submit evidence, it shall be considered that it gave up further accreditation procedure and ATS shall make a decision to terminate the accreditation procedure.

The conformity assessment body has the right to appeal if it is not pleased with the ATS decision to terminate the accreditation procedure.

The conformity assessment body has the right to appeal if it is not pleased with the ATS decision to terminate the accreditation procedure.

- On-site Assessment

An assessment plan shall be drafted for each assessment and the date of an on-site assessment shall be agreed with the conformity assessment body. The plan of assessment shall, in addition to other elements, contain clearly listed conformity assessment procedures from the sought accreditation scope that will be subjected to witnessing by the ATS assessment team.

Witnessing may be performed at the location of the conformity assessment body and/or locations where it performs the conformity assessment activities it sought the accreditation for. When witnessing of planned and arranged conformity assessment activities cannot be performed during on-site assessment, it shall be planned separately – before or after the assessment at a location. Selection of representative samples of conformity assessment activites that shall be subjected to witnessing shall be made in asccordance with the witnessing criteria laid down in the guide determining locations where assessment will be performed, number of assessment days, and the selection of representative sample of conformity assessment activities falling in the accreditation scope that will be subject to witnessing.   An on-site assessment shall be performed in accordance with the ATS assessment procedure for conformity assessment bodies which includes an opening meeting, assessment and a closing meting.

At the opening meeting all data relevant to the assessment procedure and further direction of the accreditation procedure shall be explained to the conformity assessment body’s representatives, including the obligations related to confidentiality safeguarding. Furthermore, the assessment plan and scope shall be confirmed at this meeting. During the assessment the conformity assessment body shall enable the ATS assessment team to gain an insight into all relevant documents, access to all facilities connected to conformity assessment activities the accreditation is sought for, and it shall provide interview with all members of the staff involved in the assessment activities.

At the closing meeting the assessment team shall inform the conformity assessment body’s representatives about the assessment findings, including the findings relating to identified nonconformities and/or concerns, if any, procedure related to the elimination of identified nonconformities and/or concerns, and recommendations of the assessment team as regards decision on accreditation. The conformity assessment body shall be able to ask questions or request the assessment team findings to be explained. The Team Leader shall produce the Closing meeting minutes that shall contain basic information about the on-site assessment, reference to the list of identified nonconformities and/or concerns (List of findings) and recommendation of the assessment team. The minutes shall be signed by the Team Leader and the conformity assessment body’s representative. If both parties cannot find a mutually acceptable understanding or come to an agreement as regards the identified nonconformities and/or concerns or recommendation of the assessment team as regards decision on accreditation, the Team Leader shall record that in the minutes. Representatives of the conformity assessment body shall put forward their opinion on the assessment findings, and in case of any disagreement between their findings and those of the assessment team, the conformity assessment body can forward the rationale for their disagreements to ATS.

After an on-site assessment has been performed, the assessment team shall produce the assessment report to be submitted to the conformity assessment body that was assessed.

- Elimination of Nonconformities

When nonconformities are identified during an assessment, a conformity assessment body shall, within the defined deadline, submit the proposed corrective actions that will eliminate the identified nonconformities and those will include the analysis of the cause of nonconformities. If the Team Leader and assessment team members find that the proposed corrective actions are not adequate, the conformity assessment body shall define the new corrective actions within the new deadline. The deadline for the elimination of nonconformities shall not be longer than four months in case of initial assessments, starting from the date of the approval of the proposed corrective actions as regards the elimination thereof. In all other cases the deadline for elimination of all nonconformities shall not be longer than two months.

A conformity assessment body shall, within the defined deadline, inform ATS in writing about the elimination of identified nonconformities and it shall submit evidence to confirm that corrective actions or elimination of nonconformities were undertaken.

The assessment team shall confirm whether the identified nonconformities were eliminated in an appropriate manner. A procedure to confirm the elimination of nonconformities may be performed either by reviewing and assessing submitted written evidence and/or follow-up assessment.

If the corrective actions for the elimination of nonconformities cannot be defined within the defined deadline, i.e. if the nonconformities cannot be eliminated within the defined deadline or if these are considered as inadequate, ATS shall make a decision not to grant accreditation, while the procedure can be re-instigated by submitting a new application for accreditation.

The conformity assessment body has the right to appeal if it is not pleased with the ATS decision not to grant accreditation.

When concerns are identified during assessment, the conformity assessment body is obligated to submit within the defined deadline the proposal of actions and deadlines for elimination of the established concerns, which includes an root cause analysis of concerns. If the team leader and members of the assessment team do not evaluate the proposed actions and deadlines as adequate, conformity assessment body shall have an additional deadline to define a new proposal for actions.

The assessment team shall confirm whether the identified concerns have been eliminated to a satisfactory level, during the subsequent assessment of the conformity assessment body. If it finds then that the identified concern has not been eliminated, then in relation to that requirement nonconformity can be established.

Accreditation Granting

ACCREDITATION GRANTING

- Assessment Team’s Recommendations

After the assessment activities have been carried out and after it has been verified that the nonconformities were eliminated, or after it has been confirmed that proposed actions and deadlines for elimination of established concerns are appropriate, the assessment team shall make a recommendation on accreditation in the Summary Assessment Report and/or Annex to the Summary Assessment Report.

- Аccreditation Decision-making

Decisions on accreditation shall be made by the ATS Director following the proposals made by the Accreditation Committee.

The Accreditation Committee shall be composed of the ATS permanent employees that did not take part in the assessment the findings of which is being decided and external experts providing the needed technical expertise in keeping with fields of conformity assessment subject to accreditation decision-making.

The Accreditation Committee shall review the information from the file prepared for decision-making process, determine whether it is complete, and evaluate its clarity, comprehensiveness and sufficiency of information on the basis of which a decision on accreditation shall be made in accordance with the written procedure governing accreditation decision-making and granting. If the Committee finds that there is not sufficient information to make an adequate proposal for the decision to be made, it will ask for additional information from assessment team or assessed conformity assessment body which may include an additional assessment.

The conformity assessment body has the right to appeal to the adverse decision on accreditation.

The accreditation procedure can be re-instigated after the new application for accreditation has been submitted.

- Accreditation Certificate and Reference to Accreditation

If it is determined after the accreditation procedure that the conformity assessment body meets the accreditation criteria, ATS shall make a decision on accreditation and issue an accreditation certificate accompanied by the scope of accreditation (list of accredited conformity assessment activities) to a conformity assessment body. In addition to the accreditation certificate, ATS shall give conformity assessment bodies the permission to use the accreditation symbol and/or combined mark in accordance with the Rules for the Use of the Accreditation Symbol, Reference to Accreditation and ATS Status as a Signatory to the ЕА MLA, ILAC MRA and IAF MLA. The accreditation certificate shall be valid for four years.

An accredited conformity assessment body can, instead of using the accreditation symbol, make text reference to accreditation or ATS status as a signatory to the multilateral agreements or use the combined IAF/ILAC marks in accordance with the Rules for the Use of the Accreditation Symbol, Reference to Accreditation and ATS Status as a Signatory to the ЕА MLA, ILAC MRA and IAF MLA.

Accredited CABs shall be entered in the Directory of Accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies.
 

Surveillance

SURVEILLANCE

ATS shall carry out surveillance of accredited CABs to ensure that defined requirements relating to the activities the accreditation was granted for are regularly fulfilled.

Surveillance of accredited conformity assessment bodies shall include surveillance assessments and other surveillance activities. Surveillance assessments shall be performed on-site or at the head office(s) of an accredited conformity assessment body and/or locations where accredited activities are performed in order to confirm that an accredited conformity assessment body performs its activities in accordance with the accreditation criteria.

Surveillance activities shall be carried out by ATS on a continuous basis throughout the accreditation validity period - cycle, and they shall include the collection and analysis of all the information of relevance to the accreditation status maintenance or work of an accredited conformity assessment body relating to observance of criteria and requirements for accreditation and rules of accreditation.

REGULAR SURVEILLANCE ASSESSMENTS

Regular surveillance assessments shall be performed in accordance with the accredited conformity assessment body surveillance assessment plan. An accredited conformity assessment body shall enable implementation of surveillance activities within planned deadlines and provide conditions for the performance of surveillance assessments. If not, ATS can undertake actions to suspend or withdraw accreditation.

During each surveillance assessment observance of requirements of the rules of accreditation shall be verified, as well as the results of management reviews, internal audit reports, results of corrective and preventive actions that were undertaken, resolution of appeals and complaints, results of the participation in inter-laboratory comparisons and PT schemes, and issued certificates of conformity under accreditation. During the accreditation validity period regular surveillance assessments shall serve as a means to assess the entire scope of accreditation and whether all requirements were met. During the accreditation validity period the fulfillment of all requirements is being assessed by regular surveillance assessments and representative conformity assessment activities are being witnessed for the entire scope of accreditation.

- Surveillance Assessment Preparation and Documentation

First regular surveillance assessment shall be carried out 6 to 9 months after the accreditation has been granted and, by exception, 12 months if accreditation is a prerequirement for designation/authorisation, second regular surveillance assessment shall be carried out 18 to 21 months after the accreditation has been granted, while the third one shall be carried out 30 to 33 months after the date the accreditation has been granted.  

An accredited conformity assessment body shall be informed about regular surveillance assessments at least three months before the planned date of assessment.

ATS shall appoint an assessment team to perform regular surveillance assessment depending on the activities set forth in the Surveillance Activity Plan. When possible, the Team Leader shall remain the same throughout the accreditation validity period.

After gaining an insight into documentation needed for regular surveillance visits, the following shall be analysed:

- reports from previous assessments with accompanying records;
- potentially submitted management system documentation in case of any changes in documentation;
- records on participation in PT schemes and inter-laboratory testing;
- records on internal audits and management reviews;
- records on complaint and appeal resolution, if there were any;
- communications submitted by an accredited conformity assessment body as regards changes affecting the conditions under which the accreditation was granted.

- Surveillance Assessment 

Every time when an on-site surveillance assessment is performed, the following shall be performed::

- assessment of the efficiency of corrective actions that were undertaken to eliminate the nonconformities identified during previous assessments;
- assessment of the results of performance of internal audits and management reviews;
- confirmation of the staff members and status of the staff involved in conformity assessment procedure;
- assessment of the equipment condition and application of policy relating to traceability of measurement, results of the participation in inter-laboratory comparisons and PT schemes;
- assessment of the activities such as document control, purchasing, training programme, control of certificates of conformity, etc. in accordance with a defined plan;
- witnessing of conformity assessment activities in accordance with a defined plan.

- Reporting

After a surveillance assessment has been carried out, an assessment surveillance report shall be produced.

- Accreditation Maintenance Decision-making

Following the recommendation of the assessment team, i.e. proposal made by the Accreditation Committee, and in accordance with the written procedure for accreditation decision-making and granting accreditation, the adequate decision shall be made on accreditation maintenance, change in the scope of accreditation, accreditation suspension or withdrawal.

The conformity assessment body has the right to appeal if it is not pleased with the ATS decision.

EXTRAORDINARY SURVEILLANCE ASSESSMENT

If need be, an extraordinary surveillance assessment shall be conducted when:

  • complaints or written objections to the work of an accredited conformity assessment body were raised;
  • changes take place in an accredited conformity assessment body that may affect the meeting of conditions under which the accreditation was granted and requirements from referent standards for accreditation (change in the legal status, inner organisation, managerial structure, conformity assessment procedures, technical and human resources, etc.);
  • after the suspension, it is necessary to assess and verify whether an accredited suspended conformity assessment body can meet the accreditation criteria and requirements again;
  • when ATS obtains, during performance of regular surveillance activities,  certain information and knowledge about an accredited conformity assessment body that can affect the status of granted accreditation or observance of the ATS rules by a conformity assessment body.

A decision on performance of an extraordinary assessment shall be made by the ATS Director.

 

Reaccreditation

REACCREDITATION

An accredited conformity assessment body wishing to renew its accreditation shall inform ATS in writing thereof at least 9 months prior to the expiry of the current accreditation and it shall submit the application for accreditation with accompanying documentation. As a general rule, reassessment performed during accreditation renewal shall be performed at least 6 months before the expiry of accreditation validity period. If, for justified reasons, the accredited conformity assessment body does not submit the Application for renewal of accreditation with accompanying documentation 3 months before the expiration of the valid accreditation, the ATS will not implement the accreditation renewal process, and the conformity assessment body can file an Application for Accreditation, which will be settled in accordance with Chapter 4 of these Rules. Reassessment shall be carried out in the same manner as the initial assessment, whereas preliminary visit will not be performed.

Accreditation renewal decision-making shall be performed in the same manner as accreditation granting decision-making.

The conformity assessment body has the right to appeal if it is not pleased with the ATS decision not to renew accreditation.

If an accredited conformity assessment body submitted an application to ATS to renew accreditation within the defined deadline, and a decision on accreditation renewal was not made before the expiry of the current accreditation and when the delay was caused by ATS, the ATS Director can make a decision on extending the accreditation validity period until the decision-making on accreditation renewal and that shall not be longer than 3 months from the expiry of the current accreditation.
 

Changes in the Scope of Accreditation

CHANGES IN THE SCOPE OF ACCREDITATION

EXTENDING THE SCOPE OF ACCREDITATION

In order to extend the scope of accreditation, an accredited conformity assessment body can submit an application at any point in time during the accreditation validity period, which also includes extension of the accreditation scope in the accreditation renewal process, but in this case the application for extension of the scope of accreditation is not submitted. Instead, the conformity assessment activities for which the conformity assessment body has not been accredited are identified in the requested scope of accreditation. ATS shall review the application relating to the extension of scope the conformity assessment body applied for and shall make a decision on whether the assessment for the purpose of extending the scope of accreditation shall be performed during a regular surveillance assessment/reassessment or as a separate procedure, at the request of a conformity assessment body.

Extension to accreditation scope does not affect the accreditation validity period.

REDUCING THE SCOPE OF ACCREDITATION

Accreditation scope of an accredited conformity assessment body can be reduced at the request of a conformity assessment body or on the recommendation of the assessment team, after finishing the assessment procedure or on the basis of the proposal made by the Accreditation Committee.

The conformity assessment body has the right to appeal if it is not pleased with the ATS decision to reduce the accreditation scope.

Obligations

OBLIGATIONS

OBLIGATIONS OF CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT BODIES

It is an obligation of an accredited conformity assessment body to enable ATS and its representatives to monitor compliance with the rules of accreditation and relevant accreditation criteria including, but not limited to:

-  access to all relevant areas of work of an accredited conformity assessment body including the necessary arrangements for evaluation of conformity with accreditation rules at all locations where accredited activities are performed;

-  make the documents and records pertaining to the conformity assessment activities under accreditation available at the request of ATS. This will aim at making the assessment process possible in order to confirm accreditation maintenance;

-  pay the accreditation fees within defined deadlines in accordance with the Charging Policy Document;

-  immediately inform ATS about all the changes affecting the accreditation status, such as:

  • changes in legal, ownership or organisational status;
  • changes in organisational, management and key staff structure;
  • new persons authorised to sign certificates of conformity where applicable;
  • changes in policies, resources and locations; 
  • changes in the certification scheme;
  • new members of the certification committee and other organs exerting influence of the parties interested in certification where applicable; and
  • other changes affecting fulfilment of the accreditation criteria.

After analysing possible effect on accreditation status arising from the changes made, ATS shall decide on the method of verification thereof, which may also involve extraordinary surveillance assessments.

Furthermore, an accredited conformity assessment body shall: 

  • not use the accreditation that was granted thereto in order to jeopardise the reputation of ATS by taking special care not to be misleading as regards the scope and subject of accreditation that was granted or make any statements about its accreditation that may, according to these Rules, be considered as misuse of granted accreditation; 
  • contact ATS to obtain authentic interpretation if it is in doubt as to whether it can use the accreditation that was granted;
  • not include in the contracts with its clients or certificates of conformity any provisions leading to a conclusion that products or services were approved by ATS by means of accreditation;
  • in case of accreditation suspension in full or for part of the scope of accreditation, immediately stop issuing certificates of conformity (including labels), and other documents containing the accreditation symbol or combined marks or reference to accreditation or ATS status as a signatory to the multilateral agreements in accordance with the Rules for the Use of the Accreditation Symbol, Reference to Accreditation and ATS Status as a Signatory to the ЕА MLA, ILAC MRA and IAF MLA and that pertains to the activities that led to accreditation suspension, and on the web page;
  • return, after the accreditation has been withdrawn, the accreditation certificate and scope of accreditation to ATS; after the expiry of the accreditation validity period or accreditation withdrawal, it shall immediately stop stating that it is still accredited and it shall stop distributing documents/items containing the accreditation symbol or combined marks or text reference to accreditation or ATS status as a signatory to the multilateral agreements in accordance with the ATS Rules for the Use of the Accreditation Symbol, Reference to Accreditation and ATS Status as a Signatory to the ЕА MLA, ILAC MRA and IAF MLA and this also implies their removal from the web page;
  • inform its clients in writing that accreditation was withdrawn and ask them to stop using the accreditation symbol if applicable and inform ATS thereof in writing.
  • ensure record keeping of the incidents pertaining to the safety of products falling within the scope of accreditation, and records made by clients or by third parties (e.g. judicial bodies records) and of data on the relevant corrective actions that were undertaken to rectify the incidents;
  • submit to ATS the details on the actions that judicial bodies undertook against it as regards the accreditation services rendered;
  • report, in case of bodies authorised/ designated by the competent authorities on the basis of accreditation, to ATS on a regular basis about their current authorised/designated status (when this status is to be granted or denied, etc.).

Every year an accredited certification body or body that applied Accreditation application is obliged to submit the following to ATS prior to a surveillance assessment/initial assessment/reassessment:

  • updated list of certified clients;
  • list of consultants recruited to put in place management systems for their certified clients;
  • updated list of auditors/assessors containing the following information: name and surname, qualifications, work experience, technical competence (e.g. ЕА code, field of certification) and the list of assessed clients;
  • list of countries into which accredited certificates are issued and the number of certificates issued in each country;
  • list of countries in which the certification body operates from fixed locations (permanent premises of the certification body where the certification activities are performed and / or managed for the conformiy assessment body, regardless of location and relationship with the certification body) that performs any certification activities;
  • list of countries in which the certification body has remote personnel (individuals who may be internal or external that perform certification activities for a conformity assessment body and do not work at a fixed office location) that perform any certification activities;
  • To indicate whichfixed office location/s is/are responsible for perfoming and/or managing key activities as defined in IAF/ILAC A5 or from where remote personnel performing key activities are managed; and
  • to present the conformity assessment body’s arrangements for managing all activities that are performed from a foreign fixed office locations abroad or by remote personnel.

An accredited certification body for the certification of the management systemis also obliged to submit, other than the stated lists,  the following data to ATS each year by the end of January every year ( according to the country and according to the standard for which it performs certification): number of accredited certificates valid at the end of December, the number of auditors / assessors, the number of transfers accepted, number of overdue audits, and the number of auditor days delivered, on the basis of the instructions that will be provided by ATS on that occasion.

Certification or inspection bodies shall, before applying for accreditation, perform at least one certification or inspection for each certification scheme or field of inspection they applied for.

Accreditation can be granted to a certification body providing certification of management systems only by means of ЕА codes/food chain/technical area categories for which the certification body made decisions on certification - granted certification.

If accreditation is a prerequisite for designation/authorisation, it can also be granted by witnessing the work of conformity assessment bodies under simulated conditions. A designated/authorised accredited conformity assessment body is obliged to inform ATS about its first conformity assessment so that ATS can witness the work thereof under real conditions. If witnessing is not performed before the first regular surveillance assessment, ATS shall reduce or withdraw the accreditation that was granted.

An accredited conformity assessment body shall, at least once every two years, perform conformity assessment activities it was accredited for. If not, ATS shall reduce or withdraw the granted accreditation for conformity assessment activities that have not been performed for more than two years.

The certification body certifying management systems under accreditation must not offer and provide management system certification services in accordance with standards ATS uses for the accreditation of the conformity assessment bodies (eg ISO / IEC 17025, ISO 15189 etc.).

The details as regards the reference to accreditation status and use of accreditation symbol are set forth in the rules for the use of accreditation symbol and reference to accreditation. ATS will, in case of incorrect reference to accreditation and use of the accreditation symbol, undertake actions that may include a request to undertake corrective actions, extraordinary surveillance assessments, suspension or withdrawal of accreditation.

A conformity assessment body is obliged to adhere to the Rules of Cross-frontier Accreditation (ATS-PA05), which are publicly available at www.ats.rs, in the cases of its own accredited activities abroad and existence of locations of the conformity assessment body in other countries.

In case of need for witnessing ATS performance by EA or other international accreditation organizations that ATS has signed multilateral arrangements on mutual recognition with, a conformity assessment body is obliged to host, during assessment by ATS, members of assessment team from EA or other international accreditation organizations, which will monitor and observe the work of ATS assessment team

The details as regards the reference to accreditation status and use of accreditation symbol are set forth in the Rules for the Use of the Accreditation Symbol, Reference to Accreditation and ATS Status as a Signatory to the ЕА MLA, ILAC MRA and IAF MLA. ATS will, in case of incorrect reference to accreditation and use of the accreditation symbol, undertake actions that may include a request to undertake corrective actions, extraordinary surveillance assessments, or accreditation suspension or withdrawal.

OBLIGATIONS OF ATS

ATS shall:

  • limit assessment procedures to the assessment of conformance with the accreditation criteria;
  • provide participation of competent, independent and impartial staff in the accreditation procedure;
  • ensure confidentiality of data and information obtained during the accreditation procedure;
  • provide public access to up-to-date information about the accreditations that were granted;
  • inform about changes in accreditation criteria on time having in mind, if need be, opinions of the interested parties, and about methods to be used to verify whether each accredited conformity assessment body made the necessary adjustments;
  • provide information relating to the provision of acceptable traceability of measurement;
  • provide information relating to PT schemes recommended by EA, and
  • provide information relating to international arrangements it is involved in.

Obligations towards international organizations for accreditation

As a signatory to multilateral arrangements on mutuall recognition (EA MLA, ILAC MRA and IAF MLA) АТS abides all relevant and binding guidelines of ЕА, ILAC referring to accreditation procedure or accreditation bodies and conformity assessment bodies.   

The list of mandatory and informative documents issued by international organizations for accreditations is presented in EA-INF/01, the valid edition of which is available at http://www.european-accreditation.org.

As a signatory to ЕА MLA, ATS abides requirements from the ЕА-1/06 that contains criteria for signing and maintaining ЕА MLA.

Suspension of Accreditation

SUSPENSION OF ACCREDITATION

SUSPENSION OF ACCREDITATION ON REQUEST

An accredited conformity assessment body can, during the accreditation validity period, ask ATS to suspend accreditation either for part or entire scope of accreditation that was granted due to temporary inability to perform accredited conformity assessment activities with observance of accreditation criteria and the requirements of reference standards for accreditation. The requested suspension can be granted for up to 6 months maximum. An accredited conformity assessment body should, in the form of a written request, ask, at least two months before the accreditation suspension period expiry, for the suspension to be terminated.

Accreditation suspension may be withdrawn on the basis of the results of an assessment that was carried out or on the basis of submitted evidence confirming elimination of circumstances that caused the suspension.

If no conditions allowing the termination of suspension are met, ATS shall reduce the scope of accreditation to match the suspension level that was approved or withdraw accreditation if a decision to suspend accreditation in full was made.

The conformity assessment body has the right to appeal if it is not pleased with the ATS decision to reduce the accreditation scope or withdraw accreditation.

The duration of the suspension does not affect the accreditation validity period.

COMPULSORY SUSPENSION

ATS can suspend the accreditation on the basis of results of surveillance activities, nonobservance of contractual obligations, assessment results or on the basis of the proposal of the Accreditation Committee.

This suspension may last for up to 6 months maximum and can include part or entire scope of accreditation. Exceptionally, if accreditation is a prerequisite for designation/ authorization, and there is a change in the regulations governing the subject area of conformity assessment, ATS can issue a new decision on the suspension of accreditation for more For a maximum of six months, until the conformity assessment body adapts to the altered regulations. An accredited conformity assessment body should, in the form of a written request, request, at least two months before the accreditation suspension period expiry, the suspension to be terminated. Compulsory suspension can be withdrawn on the basis of the results of an extraordinary surveillance assessment or on the basis of adequate evidence that was submitted confirming elimination of circumstances that caused the suspension.

The conformity assessment body has the right to appeal if it is not pleased with the ATS decision on compulsory suspension.

The duration of the suspension does not affect the accreditation validity period.

Termination of Accreditation

TERMINATION OF ACCREDITATION

DROPPING ACCREDITATION

An accredited conformity assessment body may drop the accreditation that was granted for any reason and make a written request to ATS to withdraw accreditation at any time.

 ACCREDITATION WITHDRAWAL

ATS can withdraw accreditation that was granted on the basis of surveillance activities, nonobservance of contractual obligations, assessment results or from the proposal of the Accreditation Committee. In particular, ATS will initiate the process of withdrawing accreditation if during surveillance activities it becomes known that the conformity assessment body intentionally provides false information about its accreditation, or misuses accreditation or arbitrary violates accreditation rules. A conformity assessment body the accreditation of which was withdrawn shall, immediately after the accreditation withdrawal, send back to ATS the Accreditation certificate and Scope of accreditation that ATS issued thereto, and undertake, by means of a written declaration, to carry out all actions preventing the use of the accreditation symbol or combined marks or making text reference to accreditation or ATS status as a signatory to the ЕА MLA, ILAC MRA and/or IAF MLA after accreditation withdrawal.

The conformity assessment body has the right to appeal if it is not pleased with the ATS decision on accreditation withdrawal.

The conformity assessment body the accreditation of which was withdrawn can submit a new application for accreditation thereafter.  

 

Complaints and Appeals

COMPLAINTS1) AND APPEALS2)

Complaints made by any person or organisation that are related to the ATS activities or activities of an accredited conformity assessment body shall be dealt with by the ATS Director in accordance with the written procedure for the resolution thereof.

ATS shall:
- review whether a complaint is justified;
- ensure, where appropriate, that a complaint is first reviewed by an accredited CAB in the light of the complaint related thereto;
- undertake appropriate actions and assess their effects;
- keep records of all complaints and actions that were undertaken, and
- reply to a person filing a complaint.

Complaints that ATS receives and that pertain to conformity assessment bodies accredited by another accreditation body shall be forwarded to the respective accreditation body.

Appeals

An  appeal  can  be  lodged  to  ATS  against  accreditation  decisions  within  15  days  after  the  decision has  been  delivered.  The  Appeals  Committee  shall  make  decisions  on  the  appeals  within  30  days  following  the  receipt  of  appeals.  The  Appeals  Committee  shall  be  established  by  the  ATS  Management Board. The procedure to be undertaken by ATS when  resolving  appeals is laid down by procedure for the resolution thereof.

Decisions  of  Appeals  Committee  shall  be  final,  whereas  administrative  dispute s  can  be  brought against it.

1) Complaint
Expression of dissatisfaction, other than appeal, by any person or organisation, to an accreditation body relating to the activities of that accreditation body or of an accredited CAB where a response is expected.

2) Appeal
Request by a CAB/applicant for accreditation for reconsideration of any decision made by the accreditation body that has adverse effect on a conformity assessment body and that is related to its desired accreditation status.

Accreditation Procedure Flowchart

ACCREDITATION PROCEDURE FLOWCHART

The accreditation process involves six phases:

P1: An interested conformity assessment body (CAB) gets informed by means of the internet portal on the accreditation procedure and if any accreditation-oriented doubts arise, an initial contact with ATS must be made with the aim of identifying the wanted accreditation type and submits an application for accreditation together with the requested documentation.

P2: After the complete documentation has been submitted to ATS, the submitted application is reviewed. The application review procedure is used to determine the ATS capacities to perform the assessment of a CAB in terms of the ATS policy, competence and availability of relevant assessors or experts. Furthermore, this review is used to determine the ATS capacities to perform an initial assessment of the applicant for accreditation on time.

P3: In this phase ATS carries out assessment programming, designates a team of assessors, and conducts preliminary visit activities if requested by a CAB.

P4: Assessment process is carried out by an appointed assessment team by means of a phased approach: documentary review, on-site assessment that also includes witnessing of the implementation of conformity assessment procedures and covers the following activities: documentary review, on-site assessment (planning, assessment and assessment report), elimination of the cause of nonconformities and verification thereof, and assessment team’s recommendation. After the assessment and verification of elimination of the causes of found nonconformities have been performed, the assessment team makes an accreditation-related recommendation.

P5: Decisions on accreditation are made by the ATS Director on the basis of the proposal of the Accreditation Committee. The Accreditation Committees reviews, following the proposal made by the assessment team, the file and provides a proposed decision on accreditation that is used as a basis for making a final decision on accreditation. ATS issues thereafter a Decision on Accreditation and an accreditation certificate together with the accompanying Scope of Accreditation.

P6: After the accreditation has been granted, ATS will monitor whether an accredited CAB meets the defined criteria by means of surveillance activities, i.e. surveilance assessments. A reassessment will be carried out for the purpose of renewing accreditation.