Serbia - 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: 2022-08-05

The Institute for Standardization of Serbia (ISS) is recognized by the Law on Standardization as the only National Standards Body in Serbia. The ISS is responsible for developing and adopting standards, which are considered voluntary under the law. Its work is supervised by the Ministry of Economy. Expert councils direct work in specific areas of standardization.

Serbia has harmonized most of its legislation, standards, and technical regulations with EU legislation, including. To date, 99.5 percent of European standards have been adopted as Serbian standards, and 75 percent of the EU regulations have been transposed into Serbian legislation.

Serbia has established a network of institutions to ensure standards of quality and safety of products and services and to simplify international trade.

Standards

The ISS publishes an Annual Plan of Adopting Serbian Standards and Related Documents. National technical committees comprised of experts representing specific stakeholder groups prepare these documents and related documents in accordance with standardization principles provided in the Internal Rules of Standardization, Part 1 and 2.

ISS is a member of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electro-technical Standardization (CENELEC).

Testing, Inspection and Certification

A product may be placed in the market only if all these conditions are met:

  • It conforms to the prescribed technical requirements;
  • Conformity was assessed according to the prescribed procedure;
  • It is marked in accordance with the regulations; and
  • It is accompanied by the prescribed documents of conformity.

Serbia has no Mutual Recognition Agreements with any U.S. organization or other countries.

Conformity Assessment

Conformity assessments are conducted in accordance with the Law on Technical Requirements for Products and Conformity Assessment. The conformity mark in Serbia, verifying conformity of the product with certain technical regulations, may be the Serbian conformity mark or, for some products such as medical devices, the EU’s CE mark or another conformity mark according to special regulations (for example, homologation mark) is required. This mark is in the form of three capital ‘A’ letters connected in the shape of an equilateral triangle and is affixed to the product in a visible location.

It is prohibited to affix any other mark of similar content or form on a product which could be misleading to the consumer or that might impair the visibility or legibility of the conformity mark. The provisions for applying these marks are provided in the Decree on Manner of Performing Conformity Assessment, Content of Document of Conformity, as well as Form, Appearance and Content of the Conformity Marking (Official Gazette of RS No. 98/09 and 23/17).

The ISS approves the use of voluntary national mark of conformity with Serbian standards.  Certification bodies could be providers of other conformity marks. Manufacturers and service providers can issue a declaration of conformity with Serbian standards, but this declaration does not result in the use of a conformity mark. As compliance with standards is voluntary, products are not required to bear a national conformity mark. Affixing a mark to a product demonstrates compliance with ISS standards.

Accreditation

Accreditation rules are in concordance with the international standards from 17011 series, and with the European Co-operation for Accreditation (EA), International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation and International Accreditation (ILAC) Forum rules and guidelines. In Serbia, the Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) grants accreditation. ATS is an independent non-profit organization implementing the Law on Accreditation by assessing the competence of conformity assessment bodies. More information can be obtained from ATS.

ATS is a signatory of the multilateral agreement between ATS and EA. ATS is also a signatory to the IAF MRA (Multilateral Recognition Arrangement) and to the ILAC MRA.

Publication of Technical Regulations

The Ministry of Economy maintains registries of current technical regulations and those under preparation. In addition, the Ministry of Economy is responsible for providing information and relevant documents to interested parties upon their request with regard to adopted and proposed technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures.

Contact Information

The Institute for Standardization of Serbia (ISS)

Stevana Brakusa 2

11030 Belgrade

Telephone: +381-11-7541 260

Fax: +381-11-7541257

E-mail: iss1@iss.rs or infocentar@iss.rs

 

Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS)

11000 Beograd

Vlajkoviceva 3

Tel: +381-11-3130 373    

Fax : +381-11-3130 374

E-mail: office@ats.rs or infocentar@iss.rs

 

Ministry of Economy

Sector for Quality and Product Safety

Resavska 24, 11000 Beograd

Tel: +381-11-3343-368; 3343-369

E-mail: kabinet@privreda.gov.rs

 

Use Eping To Review Proposed Technical Regulations And Conformity Assessment Procedures 

The ePing SPS&TBT platform (https://epingalert.org/), or “ePing”, provides access to notifications made by WTO Members under the Agreements on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), distributed by the WTO from January 16, 1995 to present.  ePing is available to all stakeholders free of charge and does not require registration unless the user wishes to receive customized e-mail alerts.  Use it to browse notifications on past as well as new draft and updated product regulations, food safety and animal and plant health standards and regulations, find information on trade concerns discussed in the WTO SPS and TBT Committees, locate information on SPS/TBT Enquiry Points and notification authorities, and to follow and review current and past notifications concerning regulatory actions on products, packaging, labeling, food safety and animal and plant health measures in markets of interest. 

Notify U.S., operated and maintained by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) since 2003 to distribute and provide access to notifications (and associated draft texts) made under the WTO TBT Agreement for US stakeholders, has reached its end of life.  Per obligation under the TBT Agreement, each WTO Member operates a national TBT (and an SPS) Enquiry Point.   National TBT Enquiry Points are authorized to accept comments and official communications from other national TBT Enquiry Points, which are NOT part of the WTO or the WTO Secretariat.  All comment submissions from U.S. stakeholders, including businesses, trade associations, U.S domiciled standards development organizations and conformity assessment bodies, consumers, or U.S. government agencies on notifications to the WTO TBT Committee should be sent directly to the USA WTO TBT Inquiry Point.  Refer to the comment guidance at https://tsapps.nist.gov/notifyus/data/guidance/guidance.cfm for further information.