The 2016 annual meeting of
the CEOC International members from Central and Eastern Europe took place on
26-27 April in Tallinn, kindly hosted by Inspecta Estonia.
from eight countries gathered to discuss the latest developments in the testing, inspection and certification
(TIC) sector in Central and Eastern European countries.
Simo Hassi, President of CEOC International, opened
the meeting and welcomed the participants. He also thanked Inspecta Estonia for hosting this year’s meeting. He welcomed the fact that these annual
meetings have become a tradition, underlining their importance for the CEOC
International members from Central and Eastern Europe.
Drewin Nieuwenhuis, Secretary General of CEOC International,
provided the participants with an analysis of the TIC sector in 2020 and
beyond. He presented the recent EU legislative and policy developments
regarding the Consumer Product Safety and Market Surveillance Package; the
Single Market Strategy; Energy and Environment; Medical Devices; the Transatlantic
Trade and Investment Partnership; Food safety and food fraud.
S. Hassi explained that in order to strengthen the
credibility of the TIC bodies there is a need to develop a Compliance Code to
which they could subscribe. This would contribute to the professionalization of
the sector and would ensure that they operate in an independent and impartial
manner in their activities. It was pointed out that this Compliance Code would
complete the existing accreditation requirements, which currently vary from one
country to another.
Ago Pelisaar, Advisor at the Estonian Ministry of
Economic Affairs and Communications, gave a presentation on the development of
the TIC market in Estonia.
The meeting continued
with presentations by the participants on the latest TIC developments in their
countries. After presenting the history and the services of their respective
companies, the delegates from SAMTS, SZU, CNCIR, UDT, TDT and TI a.s. provided
overviews on their activities over the last twelve months.
On the second day of
the meeting, the participants discussed potential future CEOC International
members as well as how to improve the annual meetings of its members from
Central and Eastern Europe.
agreed that the meetings of the members from Central and Eastern Europe should:
- Promote regional co-operation – in this regard, the ‘Memorandum
of Co-operation’ and the ‘Agreement on training co-operation’ signed between
UDT and SAMTS following the 2015 meeting in Sofia was pointed out as a very positive
- Serve as a platform where the members can share best practices and
experience on topics of interest to them;
- Identify future opportunities.
In order to improve
the format and the content of the meetings, which until now had an ad hoc
agenda, the following suggestions were made:
- Invite representatives from the other CEOC International members, which
also operate in this geographical area;
- Open these meetings to inspection and certification bodies from countries
outside the EU;
- Invite external experts in the field of accreditation and
- Make proposals for agenda items.
beneficial for all participants, it was decided to continue organising annual meetings
of the CEOC International members from Central and Eastern Europe.
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