Product Standards

“Standards” refers to defined procedures, methods, dimensions, tolerances, attributes, capacities, etc. of a product’s specifications.  In this context, “certification” refers to conformity requirements compared to an established standard.

Standards are voluntary levels of product performance or requirements that are established by an industrial or economic sector for specified products.  For Kosovo products, conformity with EU standards is a primary objective, which will facilitate market access for Kosovo exports to the EU market.

For imports into Kosovo, which have been certified by an internationally-accredited body in the EU or elsewhere, there will normally be no need for any further testing of conformity assessment, as certificates rendered by those internationally-accredited bodies will normally be mutually recognized by Kosovo authorities.  This mutual recognition will save time and costs for importers of products that have already been so-certified.

The following departments and agencies operate with the aim of setting and controlling product standards in Kosovo:

Kosovo Standardization Agency (KSA)

The Kosovo Standardization Agency (KSA) is the national body for leadership, organization and control of standards in Kosovo.  The KSA was established in April 2005 under the authority of the Standardization Law 2004/12 and AI 2005/15. KSA has developed a new Law on Standardization 03/L-144 which is compatible with EU laws.

Mission

The KSA is the national standards body that approves standards, of harmonizing them and therefore strongly encourages economic development, creating the basis for competitiveness in the region and beyond.

Objectives

  • Consumer protection from the risk of daily consumption of non-standardized products and uncontrolled growth of competition in local and regional market,
  • Alignment of our practices of quality infrastructure with those of foreign counterparts of the EU,
  • Reduction of technical barriers to trade.
Contact information for Kosovo Standardization Agency (KSA)

Rr. „Muharrem Fejza“ p.n. Lagjja Spitalit, 10000 Prishtinë

+381 (0)38 512 779

[email protected]

http://www.mti-ks.org/?cid=1,389

08:00 – 16:00

Department of Metrology of Kosovo (DMK)

Metrology is the science of measurement, the method(s) to determine precise and reliable measurements of equipment, machinery, and other goods.  Metrology is critical for Kosovo, in assuring that measurements of mass, weight, volume, and other parameters of goods is done in accurately accordance with international and EU measurements.

Product testing involves the analysis of properties, ingredients, characteristics, capacities, specifications, components, etc.  It is important to have assurance in the reliability in product testing in order to ascertain a product’s conformity with technical regulations and/or product standards.  This is where a competent metrology service is vital to Kosovo’s economic development.

The Department of Metrology of Kosovo (DMK) is organized and operates under the authority of the Law on Metrology No. 03/L-203, and conducts its activities under the auspices of the Ministry of Trade and Industry. DMK is the only state institution in Kosovo which is responsible for establishing and managing the metrology system in Kosovo, including measurements related to precious metals.  For additional information of DMK click on this link.

DMK represents one of the major pillars of the technical quality infrastructure in Kosovo.  Together with other pillars of this infrastructure such as standardization and accreditation, the DMK establishes the strong foundation for sustainable scientific, technological and economic development, and supports inclusion of Kosovo in European and international integration.

DMK is responsible for implementation of the laws in the field of metrology adopted by the Assembly of Kosovo, as well as bylaws, implementing these laws, including the:

  • Law on Meteorology,
  • Law on Precious Metal Products.
  • Strategy for development of metrology infrastructure in Kosovo 2010-2014

Also, DMK permanently reviews existing legal regulations and develops new regulations in order to harmonize Kosovo legal framework with the legislation of the EU.

Mission

DMK’s mission is to establish a sustainable and compatible system of metrology in Kosovo, which will enable:

  • Measurements in accordance with the system of SI measurement units;
  • Accurate and reliable measurements, in order to protect life, human health, animals, environment, consumers and natural resources;
  • Precision measuring instruments in order to increase the quality of local products and services, in order to be competitive in domestic and foreign markets;
  • To develop scientific metrology to contribute in developing the necessary conditions that will respond to regional and international metrology, affecting the integration of our economy to the market economy.

Priorities of DMK

To fulfill its mission, the Department of Metrology of Kosovo has identified the following priorities:

  • Raising the level of national etalons of measurements in accordance with local needs;
  • Harmonization of legislation on metrology with the legislation of EU countries,
  • Training and qualification of personnel to perform verifications and calibrations,
  • Cooperation with international and regional metrology organizations (EUROMET, CEN, CENELEX, OIML, etc.), and membership of DMK in international organizations for metrology.

Functions and duties of the DMK

In order to accomplish its mission, DMK works in developing three general functions of metrology in Kosovo:

  • Scientific metrology,
  • Industrial metrology, and
  • Legal metrology.

By developing these metrological functions, DMK intends to establish national measurement etalons in order to transmit measuring units to the measuring equipment and instruments in use in processes of manufacturing, service and testing, and guaranteeing measurement accuracy by controlling measuring instruments in public use.

 

Contact information for Department of Metrology of Kosovo

Rr. „Muharrem Fejza“ p.n. Lagja Spitalit, 10000 Prishtinë
+381 (0)38 512 827
http://www.mti-ks.org/?cid=1,224
08:00 – 12:00

Kosovo Accreditation Directorate (DAK)

 

Accreditation is the sanctioned recognition of technical competence. For example, a laboratory may be accredited as being technically competent to conduct certain tests related to conformity assessment with technical regulations or standards.  It is important in order to facilitate external trade, that testing bodies in Kosovo become internationally accredited as being technically competent to test products for conformity with technical regulations or product standards.

The Kosovo Accreditation Directorate (DAK) is the single governmental institution that has the legal and technical competence to accredit assessment bodies, testing laboratories, calibration laboratories, inspection and certification bodies.  For more information on DAK click here.

The DAK functions under the authority of Law no.  03/L-069, as amended on June 28, 2011 (Law 04/L 007) and on AI 2009/02.

Mission

The DAK mission is to ensure all interested parties the accreditation activity based on requirements of standards lows and principles of the accreditation.

Vision

The goal of DAK is to become full member of EA (European co-operation for Accreditation) and to sign the EA Multilateral Agreement (MLA).

Contact information for Kosovo Accreditation Directorate

Rr. „Muharrem Fejza“ p.n. Lagja e Spitalit, 10000 Prishtinë

+381 (0)38 512 796

[email protected]

www.dak-ks.org

08:00 – 16:00

 

Department of Industry and Technical Regulations

 

The Department of Industry and Technical Regulations is concerned with technical standards and conformity assessment of products, an important issue in international trade. The Department is also concerned with the development of strategies, sectorial and sub-sectorial policy development; creating an enabling environment for the promotion of sustainable development of the industry in Kosovo; concrete measures towards the approximation of national legislation with EU directives in industry; organizing and monitoring notification procedures; proposal and drafting  legislation in the field of technical standards and evaluation of products; transposition of EU Directives in terms of technical standards and conformity assessment of products; cooperation and coordination of work with quality infrastructure bodies; and supervising the implementation of laws and other legal acts in the sphere of technical rules and technical standards.

The Department is comprised of divisions of tourism and quality infrastructure. Basic laws under which the Industry Department operates are the Law on General Product Safety (Law no. 04/L-078) and Law no. 04/L-039 Technical Requirements for Products and Conformity Evaluation (see: http://www.mti-ks.org/?cid=1, 5).

The Law on General Safety of Products defines general product safety requirements, the obligations of producers and distributors, public information, the promotion of voluntary measures and supervision to meet the requirements established by this law.

The Law on Technical Requirements for Products and Conformity Evaluation initially sets necessary documentation for conformity assessment, which includes:

  • test report,
  • certificate of conformity or a certificate/report of inspection;
  • declaration of conformity and the technical documentation required to verify the conformity of the products that should be made available to the competent authorities;

 

Contact Information for Department of Industry

Rr. „Muharrem Fejza“ p.n. Lagja e Spitalit, 10000 Prishtinë

http://www.mti-ks.org/?cid=1,8

08:00 – 16:00

 

Integrated Border Management

 

Integrated Border Management (IBM) involves the organization of border agency activities to provide for close coordination and cooperation regarding border security, law enforcement and trade facilitation. There are two aspects of IBM (1) integration between border agencies within Kosovo, and (2) integration of border agency supervision between Kosovo and adjacent countries.

With support from the EU, Kosovo is moving toward IBM both internally and with neighboring countries. Key aspects of the IBM concept are coordination and cooperation based on the following three pillars:

  • Cooperation within the border agency;
  • Cooperation between Kosovo agencies and
  • International cooperation.