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Final national seminar on INCOLAB project, 4-5 December 2006 Sofia, Bulgaria

The final national seminar carried out within the INCOLAB project activities was held on 4-5 December 2006 at the National Palace of Culture - Sofia, Bulgaria. The seminar was organized by the State Agency for Metrological and Technical Surveillance (SASM) and more than 110 participants of different Bulgarian companies and institutions (producers, importers and traders of electrical appliances, testing laboratories, conformity assessment bodies, state authorities, etc.) were presented there.

The organization of the event included selection of the place where the event was carried out, preparation and distribution of a preliminary program and call for papers, selection of the papers that shall be presented and preparation of final program, logistics. 20 papers had been selected and presented during the 2-day seminar.

The 13 selected papers presented on 4 December 2006 (PPT presentations) were distributed in 4 sessions and the main subjects in questions were: future development of Bulgarian technical legislation in the conditions of EC membership; the national conformity assessment system and especially the activities concerning LVD and other related NA directives' implementation; the position of Bulgarian chamber of electrical engineering and the existing problems related to the application of European technical norms in this field; the activities of Bulgarian CABs within LVD and related NA directives and their readiness for working in condition of a common European market; consumer protection and market surveillance of electrical appliances and goods; role of the INCOLAB project activities in finding solutions of existing problems in LVD implementation, etc.

Two round tables related to the NA directives implementation and the activities of the national working groups on the implementation of the Ordinance on conformity assessment of products were organized and a wide discussion on matters related to testing, conformity assessment and market surveillance of electrical products was carried out. The role, interaction and activities of the different partners in the national institutional triangle were discussed as well as the ways of achieving more effective cooperation and control on the electrical products placed on the market.

The second day presentations (7 PPT presentations) were concentrated on the INCOLAB project activities. The main goals and tasks of the project, the participating countries and the national beneficiary organizations were presented in brief, the tasks performed in the period 2003 - 2006 as well as the achieved results were given.

The activities of the State Agency for Metrological and Technical Surveillance, Commission of Trade and Consumer Protection, Executive Agency "Certification and Testing" and the other Bulgarian project beneficiaries in the period 2003-2006 were presented by giving information on the tasks performed during the 4-year project period: preparation of analyses on the LVD implementation in Bulgaria, preparation and putting into use of LVD harmonized standards' information database, organization of seminars and international conference, technical training of experts, participation in inter-laboratory comparison in testing.

A final presentation was made giving overall picture of the INCOLAB project activities performed by all partner-countries and institutions participating in the project in the period 2003-2006. The 20 presentations are available at SASM.

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SASM, International Cooperation Dept.
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