The Third International Conference for "Quality and Competence 2017"

The International Conference "Quality and Competence 2017" was held in hotel Sileks, Ohrid, organized by the Institute for Accreditation of the Republic of Macedonia (IARM) and the Macedonian Association of Laboratories and Inspection Bodies (MAKLAB) from 14 to 16 September 2017.
The conference, which was organized for the third time in the country, as expected, caused wide interest among the stakeholders, primarily laboratories and inspection bodies, but also among the state institutions and other stakeholders of the national quality infrastructure.
The event was officially opened by: Deputy Minister of Environment and Physical Planning of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Jani Makraduli.
Also, their own plenary addresses on the event had Trpe Ristoski, PhD - Director of the IARM, Magdalena Trajkovska Trpevska - President of MAKLAB, Mr. Alvaro Ribeira - President of EUROLAB and Mr. Davor Zvizhidic - President of the Croatian Association of Laboratories KROLAB.
This year’s thematic parts of the Conference:
- The significance of the accreditation for monitoring the European guidelines for quality assurance and their harmonization with the legislation of the Republic of Macedonia.
- Practical experiences from the implementation of quality systems in laboratories, inspection bodies and certification bodies.
- Examination, quality control and monitoring of conditions in the life and work environment.
- Examination of the quality and safety of food.
- Application of quality systems in construction, caused the interest of numerous domestic and international authors, so at the Conference, a total of 30 papers were presented in front of about 100 participants. Among them is the work, prepared by the IARM employees, on environmental protection issues in terms of accreditation.
The purpose of the Conference is to provide a contribution to the development and improvement of the quality and competence of laboratories and inspection bodies, laboratory practice and exchange of experiences between laboratories, inspection bodies and institutions in the region and beyond and certainly to improve the overall quality of life.
Within the event, the IARM hosted the regular Regional Meeting of Accreditation Bodies. The meeting is regularly organized on the basis of the Agreements for bilateral cooperation of the national accreditation bodies from the region and beyond (Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey, Bulgaria).