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									                               TWINNING PROJECT FICHE

1.     Basic Information

1.1. Programme:                 European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI)

1.2. Twinning number:

                                Strengthening the Capacity of the Accreditation Centre in the Field
1.3. Title:
                                of Conformity Assessment of Products of the Republic of Moldova

1.4. Sector:                    133150 – Trade related adjustments

                                Accreditation Centre in the Field of Conformity Assessment of
1.5. Beneficiary Country:
                                Products of the Republic of Moldova


2.     Objectives
2.1. Overall Objectives
The overall objective of this project is to improve the trade competitiveness of the Republic of
Moldova (further – Moldova) and to harmonize the quality infrastructure with international and
European standards.


2.2     Project Purpose:
The purpose of this project is to prepare Moldova’s Accreditation Centre in the Field of Conformity
Assessment of Products (further – CAECP) for signing multilateral agreements with the European
co-operation for Accreditation and to establish the conditions for the future international recognition
of Moldovan accredited test results, calibration certificates, inspection reports and conformity
certificates.


2.3. Contribution to National Development Plan/ Cooperation agreement/ Association
Agreement/ Action Plan.
The EU-Moldova European Neighbourhood Policy Action Plan (ENP AP) is based on the
Partnership & Cooperation Agreement (PCA) and encourages and supports Moldova’s objective of
further integration into European economic and social structures. A joint EU-Moldova ENP Action
Plan lays out the strategic objectives based on commitments to shared values and effective
implementation of political, economic and institutional reforms.
Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA)
Articles 50 and 55 of Moldova’s Partnership and Co-operation Agreement with the EU define in
broad terms the steps that need to be taken with regard to the Technical Regulation/Quality
Infrastructure. The Parties recognize that an important condition for strengthening the economic
links between Moldova and the EU is the approximation of Moldova's existing and future
legislation to that of the EU. Moldova shall endeavour to ensure that its legislation will be gradually
made compatible with that of the EU. It also recognizes hat cooperation between the Parties shall
promote alignment with internationally agreed criteria, principles and guidelines followed in the
field of standards and conformity assessment. The required actions will facilitate progress towards
mutual recognition in the field of conformity assessment, as well as the improvement of Moldovan
product quality.
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In order to align with the internationally agreed criteria, the partied will promote appropriate
cooperation with organizations and institutions specialized in these fields, and will promote the use
of Community technical regulations and the application of European standards and conformity
assessment procedures.
By strengthening the institutional and organizational capacities of the Accreditation Centre for the
proper performance of its tasks in the context of Regulation 765/2008/EC and the European Union
practices the twinning project will create the basis for formal recognition of accredited work and as
a basis to increase the confidence in the conformity of goods placed on the domestic and
community market with the relevant legislation and mutually agreed specifications.
European Neighbourhood Policy Action Plan (ENP AP)
The EU-Moldova Cooperation Council adopted a joint ENP Action Plan (ENP AP) in February
2005. The ENP AP’s objective is to share the benefits of the EU’s 2004 enlargement with
neighbouring countries in strengthening stability, security and well being for all concerned. This
Action Plan still serves as a tool for supporting Moldova's own programme of democratic and
economic reform. It contains 2 particular clauses related to the Technical Regulatory and Quality
Infrastructure:
(28) A commitment to move toward EU and international legislative and administrative practices
for standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment by:
      Jointly identify priority industrial sectors for legislative approximation (with the possibility
       to be included in an Agreement on Conformity Assessment and the Acceptance of Industrial
       Products (ACAA) provided that all the required conditions are accepted and fulfilled)
       including through consultations with producers and exporters.
      Continuing the revision of existing Moldovan standards, removing the mandatory elements
       and harmonising them with international and European standards.
      Reinforcing institutional capacity on standardisation, accreditation, conformity assessment,
       metrology and market surveillance, integrating the Moldovan institutions, to the extent
       possible, in the European structures, namely the European Cooperation for Accreditation
       (EA), CEN, CENELEC and ETSI.
      Gaining full membership of the International Standards Organisations ISO, IEC and ITU.
       Revise the institutional arrangements in this area to avoid the concentration of functions
       within a single institution.
      Approximating legislation on liability for defective products and general product safety.
      Simplifying procedures to avoid compulsory certification of non-risk products and multiple
       testing of products.
     Developing market surveillance capacities based on best practice of EU Member States.
(29) Elimination of restrictions and streamlined administration (EU non-harmonised areas) facilitate
the movement of goods and improve administrative co-operation.


The ENP AP also attaches great importance to the sanitary and phytosanitary issues:
(30) Increase food safety for Moldovan consumers and facilitate trade through reforms and
modernisation of the sanitary and phytosanitary sectors.
      Fully implement the requirements of the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary
       and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) and the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT).
      Assess the sanitary and phytosanitary control systems, in particular, at the state border, to
       compare with EU and international requirements.
      Identify national reference laboratories in the sanitary and phytosanitary sectors, with a
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       special attention given to the necessary equipment and appropriate methods of analysis
       (residues of pesticides/contaminants) and their accreditation.”
The twinning project paves the way towards a component for an Agreement on Conformity
Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (ACAA). The ACAA requires the alignment of
the partners' horizontal and sector legislation in the selected priority sectors, and the set up of
related implementation infrastructure (standardization, accreditation, metrology, conformity
assessment procedures and a post market surveillance system).


3.      Description
3.1     Background and Justification
Moldova currently plans further alignment with the European Union by implementing its Action
Plan within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) of the EU.
The EU Autonomous Trade Preferences (ATPs) granted to Moldova since March 2008 proved to
have a positive impact. Continued efforts are however needed to take full advantage of the available
quotas in particular for selected agricultural products.
Efforts to effectively implement structural reforms, based on a strong European integration
government programme aligned with the objectives of the EU-Moldova Action Plan, were stepped
up in the last quarter of 2009.
To sign the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), Moldova has to complete the EU-
Moldova Action Plan creating conditions for a functioning market economy as well as the capacity
to cope with competitive pressure and market forces within the Union.
Placing Moldova on European and other international markets is increasingly determined by its
ability to manufacture products that comply with international and regional standards as well as by
its capacity to set up mutually recognized methods of conformity assessment.
In the context of the EU's New legislative Framework (Regulations 764/2008/EC, 765/2008/EC and
Decision 768/2008/EC) accreditation is given a more prominent role in ensuring that products
benefiting from the free movement of goods within the Community fulfil public interest
requirements.
Regulation 765/2008/EC lays down the principles for accreditation operation and organization and
Moldova and its National Accreditation Body should comply with its provisions.
If the system of accreditation will be organized and operate according to these binding rules this
will strengthen Member States confidence as regards the competence of conformity assessment
bodies and consequently the certificates and test reports issued by them. To demonstrate the
equivalence of the level of competence of conformity assessment bodies, to facilitate mutual
recognition and to promote the overall acceptance of accreditation certificates and conformity
assessment results issued by accredited bodies, it is necessary that the Accreditation Centre
successfully undergoes the rigorous and transparent peer evaluation at EA level. This acceptance
will help avoiding multiple testing and certification of Moldovan products will get increasingly free
access to EU internal market.
This twinning project will thus be carried out with the aim of fostering Accreditation Centre image
as a competent and reliable accreditation body thus increasing the confidence in conformity
assessment organizations operating in Moldova.
As EU provisions on accreditation apply also in relation to bodies carrying out conformity
assessments in both the regulated and the non-regulated areas the project will devote efforts to
upgrade knowledge and competence and to harmonise their practice at national and international
level. The issue at stake is the quality of certificates and test reports irrespective of whether they fall
within the regulated or the non-regulated area, and no distinction should therefore be made between
those areas.
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This in turn will facilitate opportunities for the export of Moldovan products and will contribute to
ensuring that Moldavian consumers have access to a wide range of safer and higher quality locally
manufactured and imported products.


The current state of affairs in accreditation in Moldova
The accreditation system of the Republic of Moldova is exclusively operated by the Centre of
Accreditation in the Field of Conformity Assessment of Products (CAECP), playing the role of
Moldova accreditation body, under the coordination of the Ministry of Economy. The CAECP was
established to implement and develop the state policy in the field of accreditation and products’
conformity assessment with the aim of contributing to the promotion to the free movement of
goods, increase national products’ competitiveness, protect consumer’s rights and interests, ensure
people and environment safety.
Established by the Governmental Decree Nr. 1646/ 31.12.2003 on the “Creation of the
Accreditation System of Moldova” CAECP provides accreditation in both regulated and non-
regulated area, for:
      testing laboratories;
      calibration laboratories
      products certification bodies;
      services certification bodies;
      quality management system certification bodies;
      personnel certification bodies;
      environmental management system certification bodies;
     inspection bodies.
CAECP is also entitled to organize proficiency testing (PT) and/ or Inter-laboratory Comparisons
(ILC.). CAECP is organised and operates according to ISO/IEC 17011. The accreditation process is
operated on a voluntary, contractual basis according to documented procedures. Financing of the
Centre is from the state budget, revenues from services performed, donations and projects. CAECP
accreditation schemes have been developed based on requirements set in ISO/IEC 17000 and EN
45000 series, ISO, EA, ILAC and IAF guidelines and recommendations.


The CAECP has signed a Contract for Cooperation with the European Co-operation for
Accreditation (EA). It is member of the EuroAsian Interstate Council –The Interstate Council for
Standardization, Metrology and Certification of the Commonwealth of Independence States (CIS)
and it has signed cooperation contracts with RENAR, Turkak and NAAU.
So far CAECP has granted accreditation for:
      22 Certification bodies (products) - against EN 45011
      5   Certification bodies (services) against EN 45011
      4   Certification bodies (Quality Management Systems) - against EN ISO 17021
      2   Certification bodies (Food safety Management Systems) - against EN ISO 17021
       combined with ISO/ TS 22003
      3 Inspection Bodies (Organic Farming) – against EN ISO 17020 and the Regulation (EEC)
       No 2092/91
      127 Testing laboratories – against EN ISO 17025.


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The credibility abroad of test reports issued by CAECP accredited laboratories is low because test
methods’ equivalence with EN or ISO Standards is not established, and the traceability of test/
calibration results cannot be ensured by the national metrological system and laboratories wishing
to ensure traceability must find other solutions. As a consequence the credibility of conformity
certificates issued by accredited or designated bodies is currently low as accreditation is not proved
as being to international standards through Peer Assessment and consequent Multilateral
Agreements.
Many accreditation schemes have not yet been established as there was no public interest for:
      Calibration laboratories
      Medical laboratories
      Certification bodies for management systems – Environment, Occupational Health and
       Safety, Information security
      Certification bodies for persons
     Inspection bodies
Sector schemes against technical regulations are not established. The legal framework is not fully in
line with that of the EU, and a number of changes are required to resolve this situation.
Accreditation is well established in Moldova and the State supports the proper functioning of the
accreditation system. The Accreditation Centre is aiming at the Multilateral Agreement (MLA) to
ensure the equivalence of the level of competence of conformity assessment bodies, to facilitate
mutual recognition and to promote the overall acceptance of accreditation certificates and
conformity assessment results issued by accredited bodies.
The Accreditation Centre is also seeking membership of both IAF (International Accreditation
Forum) and ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation) for the development of
confidence and international recognition of the quality and safety of Moldovan products.


3.2. Linked Activities
Under the TACIS programme, the Accreditation Centre benefited from the European Organization
for Conformity Assessment (EOTC) programme to promote, among other, transition to market
economy. The project Support to harmonisation of Standardisation was implemented from 2003 to
2006 with a budget of 2 million euro. In the framework of this project transfer of expertise and
know-how, including training, study visits, cooperation and partnerships for legal approximation
and institution building took place. In this period the governmental of Republic Moldova decision
on the “Establishment of system of accreditation in the field of products’ conformity assessment”
was issued.


World Bank Competitiveness Enhancement Project, CEP
In 2006 the World Bank Competitiveness Enhancement Project, started. The overall objective of the
project was to assist Moldova in enhancing the competitiveness of enterprises through
improvements in the business environment and making adequate standards, testing and quality
improvement services available to enterprises.
The project was intended to help the Government of Moldova to implement the business regulatory
reform that had been started earlier, and it will also assist the government to begin modernization of
the national standards and quality system, leading to improved competitiveness of the Moldovan
economy in domestic and international markets and more attractiveness for foreign direct
investment.


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The CEP Project has four components:
      business environment improvement;
      modernization of measurements, standards, testing and quality (MSTQ) system;
      facilitation of enterprise access to MSTQ services;
     facilitation of access to finance.
In its framework the Accreditation Centre of Moldova benefited of support to further develop its
knowledge and accreditation skills develop its infrastructure and purchase required equipment.
The initial Project implementation period was 4 years, from January 2006 to December 31, 2009
and provided 9.6 million dollars for the MSTQ component. The project was extended up to the 31st
of December 2010.


Planned EU funded projects / projects under preparation
The EU is currently preparing two additional Twinning fiches relevant to this project. There is a
proposal for a twinning project on market surveillance, initiated by the Ministry of Economy,
Consumer Protection and Market Surveillance Directorate in the aim of contributing to the
implementation of the requirements in the area of internal market, specifically focusing on the
creation of a functioning market surveillance system harmonized with European Union practices as
per Regulation 765/2008/EC. This project is expected to start in late 2011. Another Twinning
project is in tendering phase – Support to Moldova in the field of norms and standards in food
safety for plant origin products – expected to start also in late 2011.


A Comprehensive Institution Building Programme (CIB) for Moldova is in preparation by the
European Commission with the main objective to provide support to the Government of Moldova
and selected institutions to negotiate the Association Agreement and to prepare for a possible future
Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA). The CIB will provide support to
implementation of Institutional Development Plans for the selected institutions and the Action Plan
for future DCFTA negotiations as of mid-2011.


3.3. Results
The project is expected to achieve the following mandatory results.

   1. The legal framework enables the Accreditation Centre to fulfil its role with respect to
      ISO/IEC 17011 and the relevant provisions of EU regulation 765/2008/EC.
   2. The Accreditation Centre Quality Management System, governance framework and
      assessment competences allow initiation of the process of peer assessment for a Multilateral
      Agreement with European Co-operation for Accreditation.
   3. New skills and accreditation schemes are introduced enabling the Accreditation Centre to
      optimise its support to key areas of Conformity Assessment.
   4. Accreditation use is improved through greater understanding of the obligations and
      opportunities of ensuring the parity of Conformity Assessment.

3.4. Activities
Note: The listed activities and the proposed means for achieving the activities and results are
indicative can be revised in the framework of the preparation of the contract between twinned
institutions.
Component 0 - General (indicative)
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In addition to the activities related to the 4 components (mandatory results), the project will also
carry out the following:

0.1    Kick off meeting
The first month of the project will be used to allow for the installation of the Resident Twinning
Advisor (RTA) in Moldova. The RTA will have to be installed in his/her office within the
beneficiary. She/he will be introduced to the BC stakeholders of the project and to his counterparts
and staff. She/he will also hire an Assistant through an appropriate selection procedure.

A one-day kick-off meeting will be organized in the first month aiming at launching and presenting
the project to the stakeholders, the media and the public at large. In order t guarantee large public
information about the start of the project, the meeting will be concluded with a press conference and
a press release.


Benchmarks: Stakeholders, media and public informed about the start and content of the project by
start of Month 2.
Resources: RTA, PL, translation, rent of premises.


0.2    Monthly Meetings
Monthly meetings will be held to discuss project progress and to solve any emerging problems.
Monthly meetings will be attended by the RTA, RTA counterpart and as appropriate a representative
of the EU Delegation and PAO, to monitor project progress. RTA Assistant shall produce one page
meeting minutes to be shared with Project Leader, RTA counterpart, PAO and EU Delegation.

0.3     Steering Committee Meetings
Regular steering Committee meetings to promote effective management and monitoring of project
activities. The Steering Committee (composition detailed under 6.4) will meet at least once every
three months (first in month 3). Progress in the areas of the project’s interventions will be discussed
with the beneficiary and the members of the Steering Committee.

0.4    Closing Conference
A closing conference (wrap up meeting) will be held during the last two months of the project at
which the results and impact of the project will be presented. The Conference will present
recommendations for possible follow-up and lessons learned for similar projects. Project will invite
the beneficiary, Moldovan Government, civil society and other donors to the closing conference.

Benchmarks: Closing conference organized, recommendations and lessons learned formulated and
discussed. Stakeholders, media and public informed about the results of the project at its end.
Resources: RTA, PL, translation, rent of premises.


Component 1: Review of the legal framework to enable the Accreditation Centre to fulfil its
role with respect to ISO/IEC 17011 and the relevant provisions of EU regulation 765/2008/EC.

1.1. Assessment of the legal framework and recommendations for improvement
The experts will review the legal framework related to accreditation, conformity assessment,
technical regulations and metrology in line with specific requirements of EU Regulation
765/2008/EC. The review will particularly analyse aspects within the legal framework that impede
the development of accreditation, and the conformity assessment activities that it accredits against

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the provisions necessary to achieve compliance with EU regulation 765/2008/EC, IISO/IEC 17011
and EA MLA requirements.
Benchmark: the outcome of this activity will be a report analysing gaps and weaknesses within the
legal framework and prioritised recommendations for amendment.
Resources: RTA, short term experts and translation as appropriate.


1.2. Define Memoranda of Understanding with priority competent authorities
EU Regulatory Authorities use accreditation as a means to evaluate and demonstrate the
competency and equivalence of Conformity Assessment in the fields related to their activities.
Support is required to increase the understanding of the relevance of the application of accreditation
to competent authorities responsible for regulations, and to define Memoranda of Understanding
necessary for the accreditation.
The expert(s) will look at the interaction between conformity assessment (testing, inspection etc)
and the regulations against which conformity must be demonstrated (which may include food,
priority industrial sectors, and other policy areas where competence should be proved to be the
equivalent of EU practice.) The experts will assist in promoting the dialogue necessary as defined
in EA best practice guidance documentation EA 2-17 and the definition of criteria for resulting
MoU’s to formalise agreements with competent authorities.
Benchmark: Recommendations for Memoranda of Understanding with priority Competent
Authorities, establishing the parameters of how the Accreditation Centre will provide services, and
the duties of both parties within the scope of such MoU.
Resources: RTA, short term experts and translation as appropriate.


Component 2: Review of the Accreditation Centre Quality Management System, governance
framework and assessment competences

2.1.   Review and recommendations on CAECP organisation and management system.

The expert(s) will review the current Accreditation Centre Quality Management Systems and
Governance Structure against the needs for priority Multilateral Agreements (MLA) with European
Co-operation for Accreditation as defined in EU regulation 765/2008/EC, ISO/IEC 17011 and
appropriate EA guidance. The review will be based on MLA/ Key Performance Indicators and
practices applied during MLA peer evaluations.
It will identify non-conformities and opportunities for the adoption of “Best practice” as appropriate
to meet the requirements of MLA review. The recommendations will identify improvements to the
Accreditation Centre Governance Structure and Quality Management Systems necessary to meet
the requirements of MLA review.
Benchmark: The outcome of this activity will be a report evaluating the current status of the
Governance Structure/Management Systems against EU regulation 765/2008/EC, ISO/IEC 17011
and appropriate EA guidance. It will identify areas of non-conformity and opportunities for the
adoption of best practice and make specific recommendations to address the issues identified.
Resources: RTA, short term experts and translation as appropriate.


2.2. Enhancement of CAECP management systems to comply with the requirements set in
relevant standards, guides and community harmonised legislation.
Based on the recommendations of activity 2.1 a development programme of

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Governance/Management systems and operational policies will be agreed. Project experts will
provide support in the implementation of recommendations for best practice and to address non
conformities. They will assist in modification of relevant documents for CAEPC management
system and will provide support in preparing the relevant documents in English to adhere to the EA
ad to sign the multilateral agreement with MLA.
It is expected that the activity will result in the enhancement of CAECP organizational/governance
Structure and Management Systems documentation in line with EU regulation 765/2008/EC,
ISO/IEC 17011 and appropriate EA guidance.
Where practices and procedures are revised, the experts will provide appropriate guidance in their
application, through seminars and mentoring for appropriate staff, enabling records of training
necessary for peer assessment.
Benchmark: the activity will result in revised organizational/governance structures and
documented Quality Management systems and processes that address the non-conformities and
opportunities identified.
Resources: RTA, short term experts and translation as appropriate.


2.3. Study Tour for Quality Management staff
As a component of the revision of Quality Management System documentation it will be
appropriate to organise a study tour for staff responsible for the development and implementation of
Quality Management Systems to enable them to observe the functioning of MLA accreditation
bodies.
The outcome of such a visit will enables them to witness the practical application of Quality
Management Systems enabling them to develop and implement such systems within Moldova.
One study tour is envisaged for up to 5 appropriate members of the management team, and
technical specialists for a maximum of 5 days to observe management practices including the
process of “the Accreditation decision”. The Study tour shall cover all aspects pertinent to the
activity of CAECP and may include a mixture of methods, including seminars, site visits, observed
assessments, and other useful methods.
Benchmark: as a result of the study tour the BC staff shall have a clear vision and understanding of
the relevant parts of the system of accreditation in general, the application of Quality Management
Systems and be able to implement such systems in Moldova.
Resources: Tickets, Per Diems as necessary, Translation as necessary.


2.4. Evaluation and recommendations for CAECP competence in accreditation
The experts will analyse the processes of assessment carried out and the competence of CAECP
staff in carrying out assessments in chosen areas of accreditation. They will also analyse the formal
decision process of awarding accreditation.
Analysis of accreditation criteria and practice will be carried out by reviewing files within CAECP
offices and observing assessment teams in operation (initial assessment, surveillance and
reassessment) in key areas of accreditation.
The activity will identify non-conformities, training needs and the opportunities for the adoption of
best practice. Recommendations will identify improvements to the accreditation practice, assessor
skills and documentation.
Benchmark: The outcome of this activity will result in a report evaluating the current competence
in accreditation against EU regulation 765/2008/EC, ISO/IEC 17011 and appropriate EA guidance.
It will identify areas of non-conformity and opportunities for the adoption of best practice and make
specific recommendations to address the areas identified. Training and coaching plan and the needs
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for technical staff to observe assessments carried out to MLA requirements will be developed on the
basis of the findings.
Resources: RTA, short term experts and translation as appropriate.


2.5. Training, coaching and training of trainers to improve CAECP personnel’s knowledge
and skills in assessment and continuing monitoring of the competence of conformity
assessment bodies.
The experts will deliver the training and coaching programme identified in 2.4 to improve CAECP
personnel’s skills and knowledge in the assessment and monitoring of CABs. A training of trainers
will be carried out to ensure greater sustainability of this activity.
Benchmark: Training and coaching materials to enhance skills and knowledge. Report detailing
training provided.
Resources: RTA, short term experts and translation as appropriate.


2.6. Study Tour for management staff
Following the enhancement of governance structures and operational policies it will be appropriate
to organise a study visits for management to enable them to observe the functioning of the
operations of the European Co-operation for Accreditation, of which CAECP aspires for full
membership.
Such visit will enable initial participation in technical discussions regarding areas such as
Certification, Laboratories and Inspection, and will provide essential information enabling CAECP
to ensure that its policies and operations are in line with EA best practice, necessary for the
implementation of provisions in line with EU regulation 765/2008/EC.
One study tour is envisaged for and appropriate member of the management team, to participate in
discussions for a maximum of 5 days for mentored visits/meetings to European Co-operation for
Accreditation operational/policy and Technical Committee meetings to develop deeper
understanding of European practice and policy in the field of accreditation.
Benchmark: As a result of the study tour the BC staff shall have a clear vision and understanding
of the current specific developments of accreditation in their particular fields of activity and should
be able to implement such systems in Moldova, and articulate European Accreditation Policy to
stakeholders.
Resources: Tickets, per diems as necessary, translation as necessary.


2.7. Study Tour for Technical staff
As a component of the enhancement of assessment capability it will be appropriate to organise
study tours for specialists to enable them to observe the functioning of MLA accreditation bodies,
and the practices of assessment carried out in MLA accreditation bodies prior to, during and
following the assessment visit.
Records of such visit provide essential documentation that technical specialists have had the
opportunity to observe assessment carried out according to recognised standards, forming an
essential component of MLA documentation.
One study tour is envisaged for up to 5 appropriate technical specialists for a maximum of 5 days
covering. The study tour shall cover all aspects pertinent to the activity of CAECP and may include
a mixture of methods, including seminars, site visits, observed assessments, and other useful
methods.
Benchmark: As a result of the study tour the BC staff shall have a clear vision and understanding
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of the relevant parts of the system of accreditation in general, and their particular fields of activity
and be able to implement such systems in Moldova. Documentary records of observed assessments
carried out by technical specialists.
Resources: Tickets, per diems as necessary, translation as necessary.


2.8. Performance of an audit to check that the accreditation system operated by CAECP is
in line with MLA requirements.
An impartial expert (i.e. one who has not been involved in activities 2.1 to 2.4) will carry out an
assessment of the enhanced Quality Management System and assessment process/competences, to
verify that suitable improvements have been made. The audit will be carried out against EA MLA
requirements and methodologies to evaluate CAECPs readiness for peer review. The audit will use
EA MLA tools (KPIs, check list, etc.) and procedures (EA 2/02) and it will include at least one
witnessed assessment per scope of accreditation.
Benchmark: Audit report against EA MLA criteria
Resources: RTA, short term experts and translation as appropriate.


Component 3: Equipment of CAECP staff with new knowledge and skills related to
“Horizontal Harmonization issues” techniques, and definition of New Accreditation Schemes.

3.1. Development of new accreditation schemes according to priority sectors and market
demand.
The experts will provide support in the development of up to 3 new accreditation schemes to suit
market demand and economic needs. Such schemes may cover for example the accreditation of
calibration and medical laboratories and Non Destructive Testing providers and will be defined
during the contract negotiations.
Experts will provide support in the creation of relevant accreditation scheme documentation
(procedures etc), training and joint assessments of CABS in Moldova.
Benchmark: The outcome of the work will be a set of documents defining new accreditation
schemes, training materials necessary for their development and records of training provided.
Resources: RTA, short term experts and translation as appropriate.


3.2. Training Needs Analysis (TNA), development of training material and training of
trainers in the field of “Horizontal Harmonization issues” and New Accreditation Schemes
The work of EA in response to “Horizontal harmonization issues” raised in the implementation of
EU regulation 765/2008/EC is resulting in the development of new practices regarding Cross
Boarder Accreditation, covering “Accreditation of multi-site CABs, Multiple accreditation and
Flexible scope accreditation” that have been developed at EA to avoid unnecessary burdens of too
many assessment visits to CABs.          Such new methods apply to CABs performing multiple
Conformity Assessment activities (ie testing /calibration /inspection /certification) and for the
accreditation of multi-site CABs (e.g. medical laboratories, electrical laboratories, etc.).
The implementation of such practices will require the development of new skills and knowledge.
Similarly the identification of New Accreditation Schemes will require additional skills and
knowledge to provide assessment skills covering the scopes of the new schemes.
The experts will carry out an analysis, to the appropriate training needs, and curricula and training
materials to fulfil the training needs identified. A training of trainers will be carried out to ensure
greater sustainability of this activity.

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Benchmark: Curriculum and training materials for training of staff and external assessors in new
practices and for New Accreditation Schemes.
Resources: RTA, short term experts and translation as appropriate.


3.3. Develop new relevant knowledge and skills to perform based on the TNA carried out
earlier.
The experts will provide support through a programme of seminars/workshop and joint assessments
to introduce new skills and practices identified in the Training Needs Analysis against New
Accreditation Schemes.
The support will cover training of assessors and decision makers and revision of policies, and
documented processes necessary for the implementation of practices.
Benchmark: Records of training provided. Manuals and working processes documentation
necessary to introduce such methods into Quality Management System.
Resources: RTA, short term experts and translation as appropriate.


3.4. Study Tour for New Accreditation Schemes
Following the development of New Accreditation Schemes and its associated programme of
training it will be appropriate to organise one study tour for technical specialists to enable them to
observe the operations of the new skills and schemes within an MLA Accreditation Body.
One study tour is envisaged for up to 5 appropriate technical specialists for a maximum of 5 days.
The study tour shall cover all aspects pertinent to the activity of CAECP and may include a mixture
of methods, including seminars, site visits, observed assessments, and other useful methods.
Benchmark: As a result of the study tour the BC staff shall have a clear vision and understanding
of the organisation and operation of new schemes and their practical application within their
particular fields of activity and be able to implement such methodology and schemes in Moldova.
Resources: Tickets, Per Diems as necessary, Translation as necessary.


3.5. Develop new relevant knowledge and skills to perform based on the TNA carried out
earlier. (Accreditation of multi-site CABs, Multiple Accreditation and Flexible scope
Accreditation).
The experts will provide support through a programme of seminars/workshops and joint
assessments to introduce new skills and practices identified in the Training Needs Analysis against
“Horizontal Harmonization issues’.
The support will cover training of assessors and decision makers and revision of policies, and
documented processes necessary for the implementation of practices.
Benchmark: Records of training provided. Manuals and working processes documentation
necessary to introduce such methods into Quality Management System.
Resources: RTA, short term experts and translation as appropriate.


3.6. Study Tour for new knowledge and skills (accreditation of multi-site CABs, multiple
accreditation and flexible scope accreditation)
Following the development of new skills it will be appropriate to organise a study tour for technical
specialists to enable them to observe the operations of the new skills and schemes within an MLA
Accreditation Body.
One study tour is envisaged for up to 5 appropriate technical specialists for a maximum of 5 days
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covering the subjects of Multiple Accreditation practice, Accreditation of multi-site CAB practice
and Flexible scope Accreditation.
The study tour shall cover all aspects pertinent to the activity of CAECP and may include a mixture
of methods, including seminars, site visits, observed assessments, and other useful methods.
Benchmark: As a result of the study tour the BC staff shall have a clear vision and understanding
of the organisation and practical application of new techniques within their particular fields of
activity and be able to implement such methodology and schemes in Moldova.
Resources: Tickets, per diems as necessary, translation as necessary.


Component 4: Improvement of accreditation use by understanding the obligations and
opportunities of ensuring the parity of conformity assessment.

4.1. Support in the enhancement of CAECP partnerships with stakeholders
The experts will support the development of an effective approach to structured relationships with
key stakeholders, ensuring transparency, accountability and credibility of the overall system. The
approach taken will be in line with the provisions of ISO 17011 and EU regulation 765/2005/EC
which require an organizational structure ensuring the active involvement of stakeholders in
developing strategy and related policies.
The experts will support the development of CAECP stakeholder strategy and action plan
considering stakeholders’ position and interests and support to workshops, round tables / seminars,
on technical issues for CAB personnel and other stakeholders
Benchmark: As a result of the activity CAECP will have a strategy for the development and
maintenance of clearly defined and structured relationships with stakeholders, and the resources
necessary to maintain relationships during the enhancement of accreditation through and beyond the
MLA process.
Resources: RTA, short term experts and translation as appropriate.


4.2. Conference to promote accreditation practice
Experts support up to two CAECP conferences/workshops/events promoting the role of
accreditation, the benefits of accreditation to MLA and particularly the implications (opportunities
and obligations) for CABs (including those already accredited) of improving the standard of
accreditation in Moldova to a point where it is recognised in EU.
Benchmark: Expert participation in conferences/workshops/events promoting the role, obligations
and benefits of accreditation.
Resources: RTA, short term experts and translation as appropriate. Rent of premises if appropriate.


4.3. Seminars/Workshops for stakeholders
Experts will organize up to 4 Seminars/workshops/events for stakeholders (particularly accredited
CABs) providing technical information on the steps necessary to meet the requirements of
accreditation necessary for international recognition.
Benchmark: Expert participation in conferences/workshops/events providing technical information
to stakeholders.
Resources: RTA, short term experts and translation as appropriate. Rent of premises if appropriate.


3.5     Means/ Input from the MS Partner Administration:

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   3.5.1.    Profile and tasks of the Project Leader
The Project Leader (PL) from the EU MS should be a senior civil servant or equivalent staff of a
MS institution who works in the field relevant to this project and has been at least three years in a
management position within the institution.
The PL will be responsible for achievement of project results, ensuring the activities for the co-
operation and information exchange between EU MS side and Beneficiary side and ensuring that all
the required support of the management and staff of the EU side are available. He will coordinate
the Project Steering Committee (PSC) meetings on the EU MS side.
The PL shall devote a minimum of three working days per month in his home administration, with
an on-site visit to the Republic of Moldova at least every 3 months to participate in the PSC
meetings.
Profile
Qualification and skills
    University level education in engineering or another relevant field.
    Fluency in English. Command of Romanian and/or Russian would be an asset
    Good inter-personal skills
    Good management skills
General professional experience
    At least 10 years experience within a Quality Infrastructure Body, or related regulatory field
    Experience in project management
    Strong initiative, analytical and team working skills
Specific professional experience
    Specific experience in the field of Accreditation/Conformity Assessment, related to the New
     Approach and other industrial sectors
    Knowledge of the EU “New Legislative Framework for marketing of products”, the specific
     requirements applicable to Accreditation and the implementation of ISO/IEC 17011
    Experience in preparation of major strategic documents


3.5.2.   Profile and tasks of the RTA
The RTA will be in charge of the day-to-day implementation of the Twinning project in the
Republic of Moldova. S\he will coordinate the implementation of activities according to a
predetermined work plan and liaise with the RTA counterpart in the Republic of Moldova. The RTA
will provide significant professional input, especially at the beginning of the Twinning project.
Profile of the RTA
   Qualification and skills
        University degree in engineering / chemistry or another relevant discipline
        Fluency in English, good command of Russian and/or Romanian would be an asset
        Good PC literacy (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
        Good inter-personal and diplomatic skills
        Good management skills
General professional experience
        At least 3 years experience in working with EU practices concerning Accreditation and
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       Conformity assessment
        Recent experience in a senior position in a state institution/Accreditation body in an EU
       MS
        Experience in transition economies of the CIS would be an asset
        Strong initiative, analytical and team working skills
Specific professional experience
        Sound knowledge of Accreditation services
        Recent experience in the implementation of Accreditation activities in an EU member state
        Knowledge of the EU New Legislative and specific requirements applicable to
       accreditation
        Knowledge of the application of ISO/IEC 17011
        Knowledge of the process of Multilateral Agreements in Accreditation
        Experience in preparation of major strategic documents

    Duration of RTA secondment: 24 months

3.5.3.    Profile and tasks of the short-term experts

A pool of short term experts is required to implement the activities as outlined above covering the
following indicative subjects as identified in the indicative activities:

        Legal Framework for Conformity Assessment related to technical regulation
        Laboratory Assessment (in key sectors)
        Management Systems Assessment
        Certification Assessment
        ISO/IEC 17011 implementation
        Peer Assessment of Accreditation Bodies to EA MLA requirements
        “Horizontal Harmonization issues”

    Indicative General Profile of the Short Term experts
    Qualifications and skills:
    - University education the appropriate field (as indicated above)
    - Working knowledge of English.
    - Knowledge of Romanian / Russian can be considered an asset
    - Good inter-personal and communication skills.
    General professional experience:
    - At least 5 years of professional experience in the relevant field, 8 years experience is
       considered to be an asset.

3.5.4. Profile and Tasks of the RTA Assistant
The profile and tasks of the RTA assistant will be specified by the RTA and RTA counterpart. The
recruitment procedure will follow the provisions of the EC manual section 5.9. RTA assistant.

4. Institutional Framework

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The Moldovan Centre of Accreditation in the Field of Products Conformity Assessment (CAECP) is
a State Enterprise directed by Ministry of Economy. It was established under Government Decree
no 1646 of 31/12/2003 on the “Creation of the Accreditation System of Moldova” under which it is
the sole Accreditation Body on the territory of the Republic of Moldova. It is entrusted to provide
accreditation for CABs in both regulated and non-regulated fields covering testing and calibration
of laboratories, products certification bodies, services certification bodies and quality management
system certification bodies. Its statute requires that it operates in line with the established principles
of Accreditation which include public interest; inclusivity; non-discriminatory access to
accreditation; competence, impartiality and independence, transparency, credibility, and
confidentiality.
A new law substantially based on the provisions for accreditation with EU Regulation 765/2008/EC
is currently within the Moldovan legal process.
The Accreditation Centre activities are coordinated by the Accreditation Council chaired by a
Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Economy. The Centre is managed by a director proposed by the
Accreditation Council appointed by the Government of the Republic of Moldova who has executive
responsible for the management of the centre.
It is structured into functional departments related to its technical functions, with separate
departments responsible for finance and international relations with European and international
Accreditation Bodies. The centre has a structure of technical committees reflecting the activities
with which it is associated.

5.  Budget
EUR 1.100.000 The Beneficiary will provide in-kind contribution in the form foreseen in the
Twinning Manual.

6.   Implementation Arrangements
6.1. The Implementing Agency
The Implementing Agency responsible for tendering, contracting and accounting is the Delegation of
the European Union to the Republic of Moldova.
Responsible person: Ms. Speranta OLARU
Position:              Project Manager, Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of
                       Moldova
Address:               12 Kogalniceanu Street
                       MD-2001 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
                       Tel.: + 373 22 505 210
                       Fax: + 373 22 272 622
                       E-mail: speranta.olaru@ec.europa.eu


The Programme Administration Office (PAO) will support the Twinning project implementation
process together with the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova:


Responsible person: Ms. Oxana DRAGUTA
Position:              Senior Consultant, State Chancellery of the Government of Moldova,

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                      Division for Policy, Strategic Planning and External Assistance
Address:              Piata Marii Adunari Nationale, 1
                      MD-2033 Chisinau
                      Tel: +373 22 250 465
                      Fax: +373 22 250 259
                      E-mail: oxana.budis@gov.md

6.2. Main counterpart in the BC
BC Project leader:

                      Ministry of Economy and Trade
Responsible person: Mr. Octavian Calmîc
Position:             Deputy Minister
Address:              Republic of Moldova
                      MD-2033, Chisinau,
                      Piata Marii Adunari Nationale, 1
                      Tel./Fax: +373 22 250643
                      e-mail: calmac@mec.gov.md

RTA counterpart:

                        Centre of Accreditation in the field of Products Conformity Assessment
Responsible person: Ms. Galina Cirstea
Position:             Manager of management systems
Address:              Republic of Moldova
                      MD 2004 Chisinau
                      Stefan cel Mare, 162
                      Tel.: +373 22 202602
                      E-mail: cadecp@mtc.md

6.3.   Contracts

There will be one Twinning contract with a selected Member State or consortium of Member States.

6.4. Project Steering Committee

A Project Steering Committee (PSC) will be established for the control and supervision of the
project activities and the mandatory results. The PSC will meet at regular intervals and will submit
by the end of the meeting (as recorded in meeting minutes) an approval/non approval of the project
reports. Official minutes of the PSC meetings will be kept in English and distributed to all parties
within 15 days after the PSC meeting.
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7.     Implementation Schedule (indicative)
7.1    Launching of the call for proposals:
       November 2010
7.2    Start of project activities:
       September 2011
7.3    Project completion:
       December 2013
7.4    Duration of the implementation period:
       24 months (+ 3 months for opening and closing)

8.     Sustainability
The Centre is an existing organisation and the results are directly applicable in practice. There is no
risk of backsliding on achieved changes as the changes are embedded into practice through
Management Systems Documentation and training resources for future staff are provided.

9.      Crosscutting issues
Equal Opportunity
Participation will be open to both female and male personnel, regardless of their ethnic background,
political affiliation or religious believes. Records of staff participating in training and other project
activities will reflect this statement. The gender structure within the public authorities, entities and
bodies on state and local level where are the majority of procurement purchases is well balanced.
This enables fair male/female deployment in the execution of the project itself.
Poverty Reduction
The project supports economic development and increases the opportunity for Moldovan economic
operators to do business with the European Union counterparts and beyond. Based in the notion
that “raising waters lift all boats”, the project will ultimately contribute to the reduction of poverty
in Moldova.
Environment
The project is not envisaged to have a direct impact on the environment nor is it specifically
targeted to address environmental concerns. There may be some positive impacts on the
environments due to better measurements by accredited laboratories.
Good Governance and Human rights
The project will support Good Governance by ensuring that legislation currently in force is
implemented even-handed and the reliability of documents provided by mandated bodies is
improved, thus leading to a higher level of trust by the citizens in the administrate system of
Moldova.

10.   Conditionality and sequencing
No conditionalities apply.




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                             ABREVIATIONS

ACAA      Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Products
AP        Action Plan
ATP       Autonomous Trade Preferences
BC        Beneficiary Country
BIPM      Bureau International des Poids et Mesures
CAB       Conformity Assessment Body
CAEP      Centre of Accreditation in Products Conformity Assessment
CEP       Competitiveness Enhancement Project
CB        Certification Body
CE        European Union Conformity Marking for Products
CEN       European Committee for Standardization
CMC       Calibration and Measurement Capability
CPS       Country Particular Strategy
DCFTA     Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area
EA        European Cooperation for Accreditation
EC        European Commission
ENP       European Neighbourhood Policy
ENPI      European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument
EUD       European Union Delegation in Moldova
EURAMET   European Association of National Metrology Institutes
KPI       Key Performance Indicators
IAF       International accreditation Forum
ILAC      International cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation
ILC       Inter-laboratory Comparisons
INSM      National institute for Standardization and Metrology
ISO       International Organisation for Standardisation
MEC       Ministry of Economy
MLA       Multilateral Agreement
MS        Member state of the European Union
MSPL      Project Leaded from the Member State
MSTQ      Measurement, standards, testing and quality
NAAU      Ukraine Accreditation Body
NAB       National accreditation Body
PCA       Partnership and Cooperation Agreement
PL        Project Leader
PT        Proficiency testing
RENAR     Romanian Accreditation Body
RTA       Resident Twinning Adviser
SMEs      Small and Medium size Enterprises
SPS       Sanitary- phytosanitary agreement
STE       Short term expert
TACIS     Technical Assistance for CIS countries
TBT       Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement
TURKAK    Turkish Accreditation Body
WB        World Bank
WTO       World Trade Organisation
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ANNEXES

1.   Logical framework matrix in standard format.
2.   Detailed implementation chart.




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                                                              LOGFRAME PLANNING MATRIX

Project name and number:                                                                  Programme name and number: ENPI annual Programme
Strengthening the capacity of the Accreditation Centre in the field of Conformity
Assessment of Products of the Republic of Moldova                                                                              Total budget: EUR 1.040.000

Overall objective                                    Objectively verifiable indicators    Sources of Verification
The overall objective of this project is to          Increased international trade (by    Trade Statistics from EU and
improve the trade competitiveness of the             10% at project end) between          Moldova
Republic of Moldova (further – Moldova) and          Moldova and third countries
to harmonize the quality infrastructure with         (including EU).                      European Market surveillance
international and European standards.                Reduced delays in brining goods to   reports
                                                     market.
                                                                                          Information obtained from traders
Project purpose                                      Objectively verifiable indicators    Sources of Verification             Assumptions
To prepare Moldova’s Accreditation Centre for        Accreditation Centre's application   Agreements signed and published     There is a continued commitment
signing multilateral agreements with the             to sign MLA's for testing,                                               from the Moldovan Government to
European Co-operation for Accreditation and          management and products              EU standards bodies                 integrate into the international trade
to establish the conditions for the future           conformity certification.                                                system.
international recognition of Moldovan                                                                                         There is sufficient funding available
accredited test results, calibration certificates,                                                                            to ensure that the Accreditation
inspection reports and conformity certificates.                                                                               Agency can do its work.
                                                                                                                              The Agency can stand up to vested
                                                                                                                              interests.
Results                                              Objectively verifiable indicators    Sources of Verification             Assumptions
   1. The legal framework enables the                Compatible Legal framework in        Official Journal of the Republic of CLA assessment of the legislation
        Accreditation Body to fulfil its roles       place                                Moldova.                            takes place.
        with respect to ISO/IEC 17011 and the                                             CLA reports on compatibility of
        relevant provisions of EU regulation                                              legislation.
        765/2008/EC.
   2. The Accreditation Centre Quality               Application for Peer Assessment      Application form for peer review.    The accreditation agency actively
        Management System, Governance                prepared by Accreditation Centre                                          applies for MLA status.
        framework         and       assessment
        competences allow initiation of the
        process of peer assessment for a

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         Multilateral Agreement with European
         Co-operation for Accreditation.
      3. New skills and accreditation schemes     New Accreditation Schemes in           Accreditation scheme promotion
         are     introduced     enabling    the   place and promoted by                  material.                        Accreditation agency is willing to
         Accreditation Centre to optimise its     Accreditation Centre                                                    take on new areas.
         support to key areas of Conformity       New methods of assessment
         Assessment                               applied
      4. Accreditation use is improved through    Regulators and CABs consider a         Regulatory implementation plan
         greater     understanding     of   the   programme of upgrading                 requires higher standards of     Political will to improve alignment
         obligations and opportunities of         Conformity Assessment to EU            conformity assessment.           of standards continues.
         ensuring the parity of Conformity        compatible practice
         Assessment.                              Certificates issued by accreditation   Peer review reports.
                                                  agency are accepted by peer
                                                  assessment.
Activities                                        Means                                                                   Assumptions
Component 1: Review and
recommendations of the legal framework to
enable the Accreditation Body to fulfil its
roles with respect to ISO/IEC 17011 and the
relevant provisions of EU regulation
765/2008/EC.
1.1 Assessment of the legal framework and 10 man days STE expertise                                                       Legislation is available and the
      recommendations for improvement       Translation                                                                   partners have an open dialogue
                                                                                                                          about required change.
1.2     Define Memoranda of understanding 15 man days STE expertise
        with priority competent Authorities Translation
Component 2: Review of the Accreditation
Centre Quality Management System,
governance framework and assessment
competences
2.1     Review and recommendations on 20 man days STE expertise                                                           Staff has time to participate in the
        CAECP organization and management Translation                                                                     review.
        system
2.2     Enhancement of CAECP management 40 man days STE expertise                                                         There is sufficient will in the

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      systems      to  comply     with    the Translation                      organisation to implement the
      requirements set in relevant standards,                                  recommendations.
      guides and community harmonized
      legislation.
2.3   Study Tour for Quality Management
      staff
2.4   Evaluation and recommendations for 20 man days STE expertise             Staff is available for training.
      CAECP competence in accreditation  Translation
2.5   Training and coaching to improve 40 man days STE expertise               EU member states can receive the
      CAECP personnel’s knowledge and Translation                              study tour
      skills in assessment and continuing
      monitoring of the competence of
      conformity assessment bodies
2.6   Study Tour for management staff                                          EU member states can receive the
                                                                               study tour
2.7   Study Tour for Technical staff                                           EU member states can receive the
                                                                               study tour
2.8   Perform an audit to check that the 20 man days STE expertise             Staff is willing and able to
      accreditation system operated by Translation                             participate in the audit.
      CAECP is in line with MLA
      requirements.
Component 3: Equipment of CAECP staff
with new knowledge and skills related to
“Horizontal      Harmonization      issues”
techniques and definition of New
Accreditation Schemes.
3.1 Development of new accreditation 30 man days STE expertise                 There is market demand for new
      schemes according to priority sectors Translation                        services
      and market demand.
3.2   Training Needs Analysis (TNA) and       30 man days STE expertise        Staff are able and willing to
      development of training material in the Translation                      participate in the TNA
      field of “Horizontal Harmonization
      issues” and New Accreditation Schemes

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3.3   Develop new relevant knowledge and        40 man days STE expertise        Staff is available for training
      skills to perform based on the TNA        Translation
      carried out earlier. (New Accreditation
      Schemes).
3.4   Study Tour for New Accreditation                                           EU member states can receive the
      Schemes                                                                    study tour
3.5   Develop new relevant knowledge and      30 man days STE expertise          Staff is available for training
      skills to perform based on the TNA      Translation
      carried out earlier. (Accreditation of
      multi-site CABs, Multiple Accreditation
      and Flexible scope Accreditation).
3.6   Study Tour for new knowledge and                                           EU member states can receive the
      skills    (Accreditation of multi-site                                     study tour
      CABs, Multiple Accreditation and
      Flexible scope Accreditation)
Component        4:     Improvement    of
accreditation use by understanding the
obligations and opportunities of ensuring
the parity of conformity assessment.
4.1   Support in the enhancement of CAECP 20 man days STE expertise              Stakeholders are willing to be
      partnerships with stakeholders      Translation                            involved
4.2   Conference to promote Accreditation       30 man days STE expertise        Stakeholders are willing to be
      Practice                                  Translation                      involved
4.3   Seminars/Workshops for Stakeholders       20 man days STE expertise        Stakeholders are willing to be
                                                Translation                      involved




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                                                             ANNEX 2 – Indicative implementation plan.

                      Month                          1   2   3   4    5    6    7   8    9    10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25   26   27
Kick off meeting                                     x
Steering Committee meetings                                  x             x             x              x              x              x              x
Monthly meeting                                          x   x   x    x    x    x   x    x    x    x    x    x    x    x    x    x    x    x    x    x    x    x
Wrap up meeting                                                                                                                                                     x
Final Payment                                                                                                                                                                    x
Component 1: Review and recommendations of the legal framework to enable the Accreditation Body to fulfil its roles with respect to ISO/IEC 17011 and the relevant provisions of
EU regulation 765/2008/EC.
      Assessment of the legal framework and
1.1   recommendations for improvement                    x

      Define Memoranda of understanding with
1.2   priority competent Authorities                         x

Component 2: Review of the Accreditation Centre Quality Management System, governance framework and assessment competences
      Review and recommendations on CAECP
2.1   organization and management system.                        x    x

      Enhancement of CAECP management
      systems to comply with the requirements set
2.2   in relevant standards, guides and community                          x    x   x    x
      harmonized legislation.

2.3   Study Tours for Quality Management staff                                                x
      Evaluation and recommendations for CAECP
2.4   competence in accreditation                                                                  x    x

      Training and coaching to improve CAECP
      personnel’s knowledge and skills in
2.5   assessment and continuing monitoring of the                                                            x    x    x
      competence of conformity assessment bodies.

2.6   Study Tours for management staff                                                                                      x
2.7   Study Tours for Technical staff                                                                                       x
      Perform an audit to check that the
2.8   accreditation system operated by CAECP is in                                                                               x    x
      line with MLA requirements.


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                      Month                           1   2   3   4   5   6   7    8    9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20    21   22   23   24   25   26   27
Component 3: Equipment of CAECP staff with new knowledge and skills related to “Horizontal Harmonization issues” techniques, and definition of New Accreditation Schemes.
      Development of new accreditation schemes
3.1   according to priority sectors and market                                                                                      x    x
      demand.
      Training Needs Analysis (TNA) and
      development of training material in the field
3.2   of “Horizontal Harmonization issues” and                                                                                           x    x
      New Accreditation Schemes
      Develop new relevant knowledge and skills to
3.3   perform based on the TNA carried out earlier.                                                                                           x     x
      (New Accreditation Schemes).

3.4   Study Tour for New Accreditation Schemes                                                                                                           x
      Develop new relevant knowledge and skills to
      perform based on the TNA carried out earlier.
3.5   (Accreditation of multi-site CABs, Multiple                                                                                                        x    x
      Accreditation and Flexible scope
      Accreditation).
      Study Tours for new knowledge and skills
      (Accreditation of multi-site CABs, Multiple
3.6   Accreditation     and      Flexible  scope                                                                                                              x
      Accreditation)
Component 4: Improvement of accreditation use by understanding the obligations and opportunities of ensuring the parity of conformity assessment.
      Support in the enhancement of CAECP
4.1   partnerships with stakeholders                      x       x

4.2   Conference to promote Accreditation Practice                            x                                           x
4.3   Seminars/Workshops for Stakeholders                                          x                       x                   x                         x




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