The EU partners in our project are The British Standards Institution (BSI), in association with the Czech Office for Standards, Metrology and Testing (UNMZ), Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA), Turkish Accreditation Agency (TURKAK), AINIA Centro Technologico, and NIRAS.
BSI- The British Standards Institute
The British Standards Institution (BSI) was founded in 1901 to co-ordinate the development of national standards in the United Kingdom and was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1929. It was formally recognised by the British Government as the UK National Standards Body under a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 1982, but has in effect filled that role since its initial establishment in 1901. BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
BSI represents UK economic and social interests across all of the European and international standards organizations and through the development of business information solutions for British organizations of all sizes and sectors.
BSI works with manufacturing and service industries, businesses, governments and consumers to facilitate the production of British, European and international standards, and to put into place the systems assessment and registration, product testing and certification, and training infrastructure that enables companies to compete effectively in the European and international market places.
BSI couples the role of UK National Standard Body with the vision of a global organization focused on equipping businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. It facilitates business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, reduce risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards, many of which BSI originated. Famed for its marks of excellence including the instantly recognizable Kitemark®, BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors including aerospace, construction, energy, engineering, finance, healthcare, IT and retail. With over 64,000 clients in 147 countries, BSI is an organization whose standards inspire excellence across the globe.
BSI has a globally recognized reputation for independence, integrity and innovation in the production of standards, including for the services industry, that promote best practice. It develops and sells standards and standardization solutions to meet the needs of business and society.
UNMZ – The Czech Office for Standards, Metrology and Testing
The Czech Office for Standards, Metrology and Testing (hereinafter referred to as “ÚNMZ”) was established by Act No. 20/1993 Coll., as later amended. ÚNMZ is one of the national governmental authorities under the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic and assures activities in the field of technical standardization, metrology and testing.
The scope of competence of ÚNMZ results from Act No. 22/1997 Coll., on Technical Requirements for Products, as later amended, from Act No. 505/1990 Coll., on Metrology, as later amended, from Government Orders and international obligations. Following the above mentioned ÚNMZ ensures in particular:
- development, publication and distribution of Czech standards;
- obligations of the National Standardization Body of the Czech Republic and obligations resulting from membership in ISO, IEC, CEN, CENELEC and ETSI;
- provision of information on Czech, foreign and international standards and standardization documents;
- approval and declaration of national standards of the Czech Republic and designation of subjects to maintain these standards;
- system of uniformity and accuracy of measuring instruments and measurement, granting authorization for activities in the field of metrology;
- granting authorization to legal entities to act in conformity assessment of products and providing of notification of authorized bodies to the European Commission and to Member States of the European Union;
- representation of the Czech Republic in the relevant preparatory bodies of the European Commission and the Council of the European Union, in international bodies and organizations, and performance of the resulting tasks including preparation and application of consolidated positions of the Czech Republic;
- within the scope of its activities participation in drafting of EU legislation and in its implementation and transposition to the legislation of the Czech Republic;
- cooperation in assurance of implementation of commitments resulting for the Czech Republic from international agreements in the field of technical barriers to trade;
- the activity of the Contact Point pursuant to Directive 98/34/EC and the activity of WTO/TBT Enquiry Point; and
- international cooperation with other organizations pursuing similar activities.
NIRAS was founded in Denmark, 1956, as an engineering company, and has since expanded through natural growth and mergers to become one of Scandinavia’s largest integrated technical services and management consultancies, employing over 1300 staff across 25 Business Units. The NIRAS International Consulting (NIC) business unit consists of over 150 professionally qualified staff providing technical advice and project management services over a wide number of sectors, in particular agriculture, agribusiness and food safety, as well as associated sectors in land and water resource management, governance and institutional capacity building, training and education, public policy, and administration reform.
AINIA Centro Tecnológico
AINIA Centro Tecnológico, is a leading agro-food institute providing services mainly Technical assistance and analytical services and other activities focused on Research, development and innovation services for national and international companies, public institutions and other clients.
AINIA employs a multidisciplinary team (food engineers, chemical engineers, microbiologist, veterinary, biologist, lawyers, etc.) of about 200 people based in its Headquarters in Valencia. Ainia is committed to providing sustainable high quality services and delivering innovative solutions customised for each of its clients.
With regards to Agro Food issues, Ainia has developed an extensive capacity to provide technical and analytical services and technical advice in the fields of Food Safety, Food Quality, Food Hygiene, Plant Health, Plant Protection Products, Traceability, Food Legislation, Training, Analysis (Chemical and Microbiological Laboratories) and Institutional Capacity Building as well as in the Education and Training of the technical staff working in the areas related to those fields.
TurkAk – Turkish Accreditation Agency
TURKAK is the National Accreditation Body of Turkey established based on Law 4457/27.10.1999. The Law has been revised in 2008, to allow more flexibility in TURKAK operation, provide a better balance of interests and ensure stakeholders involvement. The revised Law has been forwarded to the General Assembly and is waiting for approval. TURKAK is not a public organisation de jure, but de facto it is.
TÜRKAK has over 400 accreditation granted. The number of application for accreditation is double compared to 2007. TÜRKAK deems that it has a capacity to administer 120-130 initial accreditations per year. TÜRKAK has 44 full time employees, 13 of them being qualified assessors. They calculate with a capacity of 40-50 cases per file manager per year. Some of TÜRKAK file managers are also lead assessors.
TURKAK is responsible for evaluating/ accrediting potential notified bodies, and monitoring their competence after notification. In the revised Law TÜRKAK was given the responsibility of being the GLP monitoring authority in Turkey.
MCCAA – Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority
The Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority came into being in 2011 through an Act of Parliament by Virtue of Legal notice 190 of 2011. The setting up of the MCCAA absorbed the responsibilities previously covered under the remit of the Consumer and Competition Department and the Malta Standards Authority (MSA). The functions of the latter have now been assigned to two Divisions, namely the Technical Regulations Division and the Standards and Metrology Institute.
The Technical Regulations Division is responsible for all legislation issued by virtue of the Product Safety Act (Cap. 427), the Pesticides Control Act (Cap. 430) and the Food Safety Act (Cap. 449). It is composed of two Directorates, namely:
- Regulatory Affairs Directorate with the responsibility of the transposition and implementation of legislation and for representing various Ministries at EU Commission and (Technical Harmonization) Council Working Parties meetings in Brussels on issues dealing with Free Movement of Goods principles, CE Marking, Food labelling, Chemicals, Pesticides and Cosmetics.
- Market Surveillance Directorate with the responsibility to ensure that only goods conforming to regulations are available on the market.
The Standards and Metrology Institute (SMI) is made up of three Directorates responsible for Standardization, Metrology and provision of testing facilities.
- The Standardization Directorate is entrusted with the coordination of standardization and related activities at various corporate, national, regional and international levels. Its main functions are to make, adopt and publish standards. The Standardization Directorate of SMI is responsible to inform the public of new standardization subjects and of the preparation or amendment of a standard. It also provides certification services against international, European and national standards;
- The Metrology Directorate is responsible for all measurement-related issues in Malta and maintains National Reference Standards of 7 measurement quantities (mass, length, temperature, humidity, pressure, time and frequency) for the dissemination to customers as well as carrying out the legal metrology enforcement function; and
- The Laboratory Service Division is organised to provide chemical, biological, forensic, engineering and civil engineering testing facilities. The Division mainly provides services to public entities, the pharmaceutical and food industries, materials testing and forensic services.
MCCAA has two other independent entities, mainly:
- The Office for Competition whose roles is to ensure that competition in the Maltese market is not distorted and that markets operate as efficiently as possible, thereby contributing to the welfare of consumers.
- The Office for Consumer Affairs who is responsible to assist Maltese consumers and provide mediation between consumers and traders; ensuring observance of consumer related legislation falling within the jurisdiction of the Office for Consumer Affairs Act; and for disseminating information regarding consumers’ rights, stimulate good trading practices and educating consumers.