Regulation on the fulfillment of the general criteria by accredited laboratories and accredited legal entities operating certification and on the implementation of the accreditation procedure (Official Gazette no. 83/9,, no. 126/00, no. 1/02)
Applicable group of Croatian HRN EN 45000/HRN EN/ISO/IEC 17000 standards series:
HRN EN 45001:1996 – General criteria for the operation of testing laboratories
HRN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2000 – General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories
HRN EN 45002:1997 – General criteria for the assessment of testing laboratories
HRN EN 45003:1997 – Calibration and testing laboratory accreditation systems – General requirements for operation and recognition
HRN EN 45004: 1998 – General criteria for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection
HRN EN 45010:1998 – General requirements for assessment and accreditation of certification/registration bodies
HRN EN 45011:1998 – General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems
HRN EN 45012:1998 – General requirements for bodies operating assessments and certification/registration of quality systems
HRN EN 45013:1997 – General criteria for certification bodies operating certification of personnel
HRN EN 45014:1998 – General criteria for supplier’s declaration of conformity
HRN EN ISO 8402:1996 – Quality management and quality assurance – Vocabulary
nHRN EN 45020 – General terms and their definitions concerning standardization and related activities
Applicable documents of the European and international organizations for accreditation:
The accreditation procedure is based on the requirements of the corresponding HRN EN 45000 (HRN EN/ISO/IEC 17000) standards series and is carried out in four steps:
- Application procedure
- Applicant’s request for accreditation
- Response to the request for accreditation
– Application documents
– Information documents
- Preliminary discussions
- Submission of the application for accreditation
- Review of the application documents
- Assessment procedure
- Appointment of assessors in agreement with the applicant
- Technical review of the application documents
- On-site assessment
- Assessment report
- Review of assessment results
- Decision on accreditation
- Accreditation certificate
- Surveillance procedure
- At twelve (12) month intervals
- Surveillance report
The System of Accreditation in the Republic of Croatia
The establishment of the system of accreditation promotes the development of the Croatian market, the elimination of barriers to international trade as well as Croatia’s accession into the international trade associations. Conformity assurance of products, processes and services with the relevant regulations, standards and technical specifications is a precondition for ensuring the competitiveness of Croatian suppliers on the demanding international market.
High quality requirements, assurance of safety, reliability and set time limits have enhanced the suppliers’ responsibility with regard to the products and services they offer on the market. At the same time the suppliers have greater possibility to choose the relevant evidence to demonstrate that all requirements of the government and the consumers have been met with.
In this respect it is important that they engage the services of technical competent laboratories and certification bodies, since this is essential for having confidence in the testing and certification of products performed, the quality assurance system and the personnel involved in the conformity assessment procedure.
Accreditation is a means of creating confidence on the market of products and services. It is an independent and impartial evaluation of the proficiency of the personnel and the bodies performing calibration, testing, and certification of products, processes, services, quality systems, and surveillance. It represents the basic technical quality infrastructure in a country associated with the European and world system to ensure the identification, acceptance, and recognition of the Croatian system of conformity assessment of technical requirements for products outside the borders of the Republic of Croatia.
The system of accreditation in the Republic of Croatia is organized in accordance with the international criteria and the Standardization Act (Official Gazette no. 55/96).
The Act on Standardization provides the legal basis for the operation of the National Accreditation Service (NSO).
The State Office for Standardization and Metrology (DZNM-NSO) administers the National Accreditation Service. In cooperation with its network of accredited calibration and testing laboratories, and bodies operating certification and inspection, it renders assistance to the national economy to enter the international market in accordance with the worldwide-recognized criteria.
At the same time DZNM-NSO enables the national administrative bodies to entrust the implementation of the regulations within their competence to the bodies whose proficiency is being evaluated in accordance with the international criteria.