Croatia - Country Commercial Guide
Standards for Trade

Describes standards, identifies the national standards, accreditation bodies, and lists the national testing organization(s) and conformity assessment bodies.

Last published date: 2021-09-16

Overview

The Croatian government has harmonized its technical standards legislation with EU Directives. To create an internal market where goods legally manufactured in one member state can be sold in the market of another member without any additional testing and certification, the EU is in a continuous process of harmonizing technical regulations, standards, and conformity assessment procedures among the member states. Since the EU consists of independent states, the EU adopts Directives and publishes references to harmonized standards that each member state is required to transpose into its own legislation and national standards system. More detailed information on the EU standards and certification is available from the U.S. Commercial Service at the U.S. Mission to the EU in Brussels:

Although the Croatian representative or importer is held directly responsible for product safety and for its conformity with Croatian technical regulations, the ultimate responsibility lies with the manufacturer.

Standards

The Croatian Standards Institute (HZN) is the public institution responsible for preparation, adoption, editing, and publication of Croatian standards. Any legal entity or natural person with a seat or residence in Croatia may be a member of the HZN and participate in its work. The members include interested Croatian manufacturers, testing, and measuring laboratories and certification bodies, educational and scientific institutions, chambers of commerce, industry associations, consumer associations, and government institutions. Only 0.2% of Croatian standards are of purely Croatian origin; the rest of them are adopted European and/or international standards. HZN maintains an on-line catalog of Croatian and other standards that can be mailed to interested users for a fee. As per EU directives, the Croatian standards are voluntary.

The Croatian Standards Institute (HZN)

Mr. Igor Božičević, Director General

Ulica grada Vukovara 78

10000 Zagreb

Tel: +385 1 610 60 95

E-mail: ured.ravnatelja@hzn.hr

Testing, inspection and certification

The basic elements of the conformity assessment procedure in Croatia are defined by the Law on Technical Requirements for Products and Conformity Assessment published in Official Gazette No. 80/2013 and No14/2014. The Croatian Accreditation Agency is the public institution that confirms to Croatian private sector laboratories, companies and physical persons that they meet certain standards required to participate in the conformity assessment process, i.e. issues them a formal accreditation.

Croatian Accreditation Agency (HAA)

Ms. Mirela Zečević, Director

Ulica grada Vukovara 78

10000 Zagreb, Croatia

Phone: +385 1 610 6322

Email: akreditacija@akreditacija.hr

As a part of creating the internal market, the EU has developed harmonized standards to be used for accreditation of third parties in the conformity assessment process in order to enable creation of an EU-wide network of equally technically capable laboratories and conformity assessment bodies whose certificates are valid throughout the EU. Each member state has designated conformity assessment bodies on its own territory that meet these standards and has notified them to the EU Commission that keeps the list of such Notified Bodies.

Publication of technical regulations

Technical regulations are published in the Croatian Official Gazette, along with all other laws and regulations. Some technical laws and regulations have been translated into English, primarily for the needs of the EU accession process. The U.S. Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy Zagreb can assist U.S. exporters to find out about the legislation relevant to their type of product and can also arrange for translation services, if necessary.

Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to notify the WTO of proposed technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures that could affect trade. Notify U.S. (https://tsapps.nist.gov/notifyus/data/index/index.cfm) is a free, web-based e-mail registration service that captures and makes available for review and comment key information on draft regulations and conformity assessment procedures. Users receive customized e-mail alerts when new notifications are added by selected country or countries and industry sector(s) of interest and can also request full texts of regulations. This service and its associated web site are managed and operated by the USA WTO TBT Inquiry Point housed within the National Institute of Standards and Technology, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Contact Information

U.S. Embassy - U.S. Commercial Service

Damjan Bencic, Head of the Commercial Section

Zagreb, Croatia

Tel:  +385 (0)1 661 2186

Email: Damjan.Bencic@trade.gov

Website: www.trade.gov/croatia