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1. Basic Information CRIS Number: BG2003/004-937.02.01 1.1 Title: Strengthening of the administrative and measurement capacity for enforcement of
legislation on liquid fuels and measuring medical devices. Strengthening of the national thermophysics measurement capacity.
1.2 Sector: 1.3 Location: The Republic of Bulgaria
2.1 Overall Objective(s): • Enforcement of the acquis related to liquid fuels quality control and a national liquid
fuels quality monitoring system in order to ensure environmental protection ;
• Enforcement of the acquis related to measuring systems for liquids other than water;
• Ensuring metrological control of measuring instruments used in health care;
• Establishing international recognition of temperature and effected measurement results creating the technical conditions to respond to the service demand in certain industry sectors.
2.2 Project purpose: The project purpose is to ensure effective and reliable liquid fuels quality control, and proper metrological control of measuring instruments in the field of health care and liquid fuels, and temperature measurements traceability and equivalence, while the specific purposes are as follows:
• Strengthening the administrative, monitoring and testing capacity for enforcement of the acquis related to the field of liquid fuels quality control;
• Strengthening the administrative and technical capacity for enforcement of the acquis related to measuring systems for liquids other than water;
• Strengthening the administrative and technical capacity for carrying out metrological control of measuring instruments used in health care;
• Establishing state-of-the-art standard laboratory for thermophysics measurements.
2.3 Accession Partnership (AP) and NPAA priority: Priorities defined in the Accession Partnership 2002
Free movement of goods • Implement “New Approach” Directives on the basis of modified framework legislation
and reinforcement of related administrative capacity (conformity assessment bodies and laboratories).
Environment • Continue implementation of the acquis with particular emphasis on environmental
impact assessment, air quality, waste management, water quality, nature protection, industrial pollution control and risk management, and radiation protection. Continue
preparation and development of directive-specific implementation plans, including financing plans, with particular emphasis on waste management (including waste management plans), water quality and nature protection, and start implementation.
• Continue strengthening administrative, monitoring and enforcement capacity at national and regional levels.
Road Map for Bulgaria
The roadmap for Bulgaria prepared by the European Commission in November 2002 indicates the main steps that it needs to take to be ready for membership. It covers both alignment of legislation and development of administrative capacity. Chapter: Free movement of goods Bulgaria should focus further efforts on in particular the development of a national conformity assessment system. Negotiations on this chapter are provisionally closed. Attention needs to be given to ensuring commitments made in that process are respected.
Key Medium term steps include: • Complete alignment with the acquis for sector specific legislation for areas covered by
Old Approach Directives. • Strengthen administrative capacity in the field of standardisation and develop
conformity assessment bodies and laboratories.
Chapter: Environment Bulgaria should now focus its efforts in particular on environmental impact assessment, waste management, nature protection, industrial pollution and risk management, chemicals and genetically modified organisms, and nuclear safety and radiation protection. Implementation and enforcement of the acquis in this area continue to constitute a major challenge for the future, in particular because of the need to increase administrative capacity, especially at regional and local level. Bulgaria needs to focus on investments, and on reinforcing administrative capacity and implementation within all environment sectors, while continuing progress with transposition. Negotiations on this chapter are underway. Attention will need to be given to ensuring that commitments made in that process are respected.
Objectives defined in the National Programme for the Adoption of the Acquis (NPAA) 2002
Free movement of goods • Establishing a national calibration system that will respond to the industry needs and
the conformity assessment system – improvement of the measurement standards basis; • Strengthening the system for metrological control of measuring instruments.
Environment • Full implementation of the acquis in respect to fuel quality; • Adoption of the Ordinance on fuel quality control under the Law on Ambient Clean
3.1 Background and justification: During the last few years Bulgaria has done significant steps in transposition of the European legislation in the field of free movement of goods and environment. The basic legislation related to the obligations of the State Agency for Metrology and Technical Surveillance (SAMTS) in the fields mentioned is as follows: • Law on Ambient Clean Air; • Law on Measurements; • Law on Technical Requirements to Products. The Law on Ambient Clean Air lays down the general requirements for the air quality, the reduction of the polluting emissions and the rights and obligations of the state and local administration. By an Ordinance on the requirements to the quality control of liquid fuels, the conditions, procedure and methods of their control Directive 1999/32/EC and Directive 98/70/EC will be transposed in the Bulgarian legislation. The ordinance is submitted to the Council of Ministers for adoption (for details see Annex 2 – Quality control of liquid fuels).
The Law on Measurements and relevant secondary legislation transpose the European legislation in the field of legal metrology and pre-packages. According to this law metrological control shall be performed for ensuring accuracy and reliability of the measurements in healthcare and of the measurements related to public safety, environment protection, state and municipal receivables and commercial payments. By an Ordinance on the requirements to measuring instruments subject to legal control the European directives on different types of measuring instruments, including on measuring systems for liquids other than water (71/319/EEC, 71/348/EEC, 77/313/EEC, 71/318/EEC) are being transposed (for details see Annex 2 – Measuring systems other than water).
The Law on Technical Requirements to Products is a framework law. Its priority objective is the implementation of the principles under the New Approach and the Global Approach. The major part of the New Approach directives is being transposed into the Bulgarian legislation as ordinances under this law. Transposition of New Approach legislation (15 directives transposed by the end of 2002) creates the legal basis for the development of the relevant conformity assessment system offering services to manufactures. Transposition of the acquis and implementation infrastructure provides conditions for signing of the Protocols to the Europe Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (PECA), which will guarantee free movement of industrial goods. The transposition of directives on medical devices (90/385/EEC, 93/42/EEC and 98/79/EEC) is forthcoming (for details see Annex 2 – Measurements in the health sector).
For the implementation of that legislation, the efforts of the administrative authorities are focused on enforcement of measures through establishing the respective institutional framework and proper coordination between legal metrology, environment and health care activities. Those authorities must strengthen their capacity for: • ensuring accuracy, reliability and traceability of measurements carried out in the field
of flow rate measurements and liquid fuels quality; • carrying out metrological control of measuring instruments, including medical devices
with measuring functions and measuring systems for liquids other than water;
• carrying out quality control of liquid fuels; • establishing a fuel quality monitoring system in order to protect environment; • prevention of false measurement results and frauds in liquid fuels transactions.
Thus the recommendation on institutional strengthening to ensure proper implementation made in the Regular Report 2002 will be met in the respective fields.
Temperature measurement is one of the most widespread measurements in all fields – industry, health care, ecology, labour safety, fire and explosion safety, transport safety, etc. The accuracy of temperature measurements has direct influence on the measurement accuracy of all other quantities, such as electrical quantities, length, mass, volume, flow rate (of liquid fuels, gas, thermal energy), pressure, physical chemistry. Currently, the Republic of Bulgaria does not possess the required equipment for realisation of the International Temperature Scale - ITS 1990. The measurement results are not equivalent to those obtained in other countries. Under Phare 2000 Project “Establishing of a conformity assessment system”, sub-project BG 0003.02.03 “Supply of equipment for metrology” included equipment for the thermophysics measurements laboratory within Directorate General “National Centre of Metrol