Letter from the Director for CAB (COVID-19)

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are facing a situation today which is far from being common, and which we haven’t encountered before in the recent history. At such times comprehensible and transparent communication is even more important.

Considering the current progress of the situation related to the coronavirus spread, the Slovak Accreditation Service (SNAS) has decided to take several anti-epidemic measures in order to prevent its spread, and moreover, to protect our employees and our costumers‘ employees.

The SNAS workplace located in 63 Karloveská in Bratislava has been shut down for public until further notice, nevertheless, all our employees conduct their practice from home office and just like during common working days, can be reached at their phone numbers and e-mails.

Whenever possible the remote assessment shall be performed via the Internet and/or phone upon mutual agreement. We are working on the measures, which will allow us to resume the on-site assessments as soon as possible, of course provided that the hygiene rules are adhered to.

As part of SNAS activities we also regularly organize information seminars in order to provide you with the most up-to-date information in a particular area of accreditation. However, after careful consideration we have decided to postpone the dates of the seminars to the months in autumn Semináre SNAS.

Despite having taken the anti-epidemic measures SNAS keeps performing its activities fully in compliance with the latest version of the international standard ISO/IEC 17011:2017 for the Accreditation Bodies accrediting Conformity Assessment Bodies. We are in touch with the international accreditation organizations – EA, ILAC and IAF. Their standpoints and recommendations can be found on our website SNAS under „COVID-19“, where you can also find the latest updates related to coronavirus.

On behalf of all employees of SNAS and me allow me to express my gratitude for your trust, which we subsequently extend onto your costumers through granted accreditations. Let me assure you that in spite of the occurrence of the temporary obstacles, it is providing the accreditation service that remains our priority. We believe that in the end we shall together successfully overcome these challenging times.

Stay healthy and look after yourselves, your families and colleagues!

Kind regards,

Mgr. Martin Senčák