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LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA

of March 5, 2012 No. ZR-20

About accreditation

(as amended on 30-12-2014)

Accepted by National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia on February 8, 2012

Chapter 1. General provisions

Article 1. Subject of regulation of the Law

1. This Law establishes rules of action in the Republic of Armenia of national accreditation system and governs the relations of the state body authorized by the Government of the Republic of Armenia, National authority on accreditation of the Republic of Armenia and the physical persons and legal entities accredited or applying for accreditation performing activities for assessment of conformity (further – conformity assessment bodies).

2. This Law regulates process of accreditation of the bodies performing activities for testing, calibration, engineering supervision, certification and other bodies performing activities for assessment of conformity irrespective of the obligatory or voluntary bases of accreditation and assessment of conformity.

Article 2. The basic concepts used in the Law

1. In this Law the following basic concepts are used:

1) accreditation – confirmation of conformity for the purpose of implementation in the procedure for special activities for assessment of conformity established by this Law with reasons for the fact that the conformity assessment body fulfills the requirements established by the harmonized standards and also in necessary cases additional requirements, including them in accreditation systems of the respective areas;

2) National authority on accreditation – the state non-profit organization created by the Government of the Republic of Armenia which has special powers in the field of ensuring accreditation according to the procedure, established by this Law and other legal acts;

3) the accreditation certificate – the official document or document package which confirms accreditation in certain area;

4) the area of accreditation – certain services in assessment of conformity on which the request for accreditation is this or is already performed accreditation;

5) accreditation sign – the sign appropriated by National authority on accreditation to conformity assessment body for use for the purpose of demonstration of availability of akcreditovannost;

6) appeal – the requirement about review of any adverse judgement passed by National authority concerning accreditation of conformity assessment body. Decisions concern refusal in adoption of the statement, refusal in implementation of accreditation, the requirement of implementation of actions for correction, modification of areas of accreditation, refusal of accreditations, suspensions or the terminations of accreditation, and also other action that interferes with accreditation;

7) assessment of conformity – process by which implementation of requirements imposed to products, process, system, person or body is confirmed;

8) conformity assessment body – the body performing action for assessment of conformity including calibration, testing, certification and engineering supervision;

9) the physical person or legal entity applying for accreditation – the conformity assessment body which for the purpose of accreditation addressed to National authority on accreditation;

10) accreditation expansion – process of expansion of area of accreditation;

11) concerned parties – the parties, directly or indirectly interested in accreditation. The parties which will be accredited are considered interested directly, indirectly – the parties which use accredited services in assessment of conformity or are based on them;

12) expert evaluation on the principles of equality – process of assessment performed by National authority on accreditation according to the requirements established by national authorities on accreditation - members of the regional and international organizations for accreditation;

13) reducing accreditation – process of the termination of certain part of the area of accreditation;

14) accreditation suspension – process of temporary recognition of area of accreditation invalid fully or partially;

15) the accreditation termination – accreditation termination process completely;

16) testing – determination according to the procedure of one or several characteristics of object of assessment of conformity;

17) calibration – action which in special conditions first of all establishes connection between the costs of sizes received using standards with uncertainty of measurements and the corresponding indications with uncertainty of measurements and then uses these data for the purpose of obtaining from measurement result indicator for communication creation;

18) engineering supervision – examination of design process of products, production of products or its placement based on special requirements or professional judgments which determines its compliance to general requirements;

19) certification – confirmation of conformity of products, process, system or person in case of means of the third party;

20) the accreditation expert (appraiser) – the physical person registered in the register of experts (appraisers) on accreditation who was appointed by National authority on accreditation for implementation of assessment of conformity assessment body;

21) the technical expert – the physical person registered in the register of technical experts and having the corresponding professional knowledge and experience in the sphere of the accreditation which is subject to assessment which the National authority on accreditation for participation in assessment of conformity assessment body designated;

22) periodic assessment – set of types of activity for control of permanent accomplishment by accredited body on assessment of conformity of requirements for accreditation, except for repeated assessment;

23) the certificate of conformity – the document issued by conformity assessment body which confirms compliance of products, management systems, physical persons to the established requirements;

24) awareness – the corresponding capability of use of knowledge and skills.

Article 3. Legal regulation of the relations in the field of accreditation

1. The relations in the field of accreditation in the Republic of Armenia are governed by this Law, other legal acts and international treaties.

2. If the international treaties ratified by the Republic of Armenia establish other regulations than provided by this Law, then regulations of international treaties are applied.

Chapter 2. Purposes and principles of accreditation

Article 4. Accreditation purposes

1. The purposes of accreditation are:

1) official confirmation of competence of conformity assessment body on rendering certain type of service on assessment of conformity;

2) assistance in the Republic of Armenia of upgrade of potential and services of conformity assessment bodies, increase in consumer confidence to results of activities for assessment of conformity;

3) ensuring accreditation of conformity assessment bodies according to the procedures harmonized with procedures of the international accreditation systems excepting technical obstacles in trade;

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