Hrvatska akreditacijska agencija (HAA)/Croatian Accreditation Agency is an independent and non for profit public institution that acts as the national accreditation service in the Republic of Croatia. HAA has been founded by the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Croatia (OG 158/2004 i 44/2005, 30/2010), based on the Law on Accreditation (OG 158/2003, 75/2009, 56/2013).
HAA was established in order to support implementation of the technical regulations which has been harmonized with the Acquis communatauire of the European Union. Technical regulation prescribes the safety of products and free movement of goods on the internal market, citizens’ health protection, consumers’ protection, environment protection and other relevant public interest areas.
Conformity assessment of products, processes and services with technical regulations and standards are performed by professional and technically competent laboratories, certification and inspection bodies.
Accreditation is a document issued by the HAA, which represents an acknowledged tool for proving competence in carrying out conformity assessment activities in the areas of testing, calibration, certification (product, QMS, EMS, staff), inspection, verification of greenhouse gases and the organization of testing proficiency.
Accreditation is a voluntary decision of the conformity assessment body and of management of conformity assessment bodies. On the base accreditation conformity assessment body meets the requirements for the authority, appointment and notification according to the EU directives and regulations of the Republic of Croatia.
Accredited bodies provide confidence in testing services, certification, inspection, verification and organization of proficiency tastings regardless services are provided for state administration (regulated area) or clients in accordance with the contract (voluntary area).
HAA is national accreditation body complying with all requirements of the international and European standard for accreditation bodies adopted in the Republic of Croatia as the Croatian Standard HRN EN ISO/IEC 17011: 2005. And requirements of REGULATION (EC) No 765/2008 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL setting out the requirements for accreditation and market surveillance relating to the marketing of products.