Legal basis

SA performs its assignments as the national accreditation service in compliance with the Accreditation Act (RS OG, No. 59/99) and the Decision on the Establishment of Public Institute Slovenian Accreditation (RS OG, Nos. 36/00, 23/01, 121/04, 22/08, 19/16, 51/16 and 74/16).

Other relevant legal bases:

Through the Technical Requirements for Products and Conformity Assessment Act (ZTZPUS), SA is actively involved in the procedure of assessing the competence of conformity assessment bodies to work in the regulated sector (in cooperation with the Ministry responsible for the market).

Accreditation in the EU

The Regulation on accreditation and market surveillance (765/2008) lays down, at the European level, the basic rules for the performance of accreditation, which represents the highest level of determining the competence of conformity assessment bodies. It involves horizontal legislation, which is the result of more than 20 years’ experience in implementing the New Approach Directives. The rules from the Regulation apply to the use of accreditation, both in the regulated and non-regulated (voluntary) sectors. Together with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), the Commission has recognized the European Cooperation for Accreditation (EA) as the official accreditation infrastructure in Europe, which associates the national accreditation bodies of most European countries The EA-EU partnership was implemented on 30 June 2010, when the first Framework Partnership Agreement was concluded, which was renewed on 24 June 2014 for a period of four years (2014–2017).

The European Commission expects accreditation to provide important support to the notification procedures of CABs in the Member States in the context of the New Approach Directives.