Standardization institute of the Republic of North Macedonia (ISRSM) as a national standardization body represents the national interests in international, European and regional standardization organizations, promotes standardization activities and rapprochement of private and public stakeholders, develops and adopts voluntary national standards.
ISRSM was established as an independent public institution in March 2003, following the Decision of the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia to establish a Standardization Institute ("Official Gazette of the Republic of Northern Macedonia" No. 14/2003) in accordance with the Law on Standardization ("Official Gazette of Republic of North Macedonia ”No. 54/2002).
In March 2003, in accordance with the Law on Standardization and the Decision of the Government, ISRSM was established as an independent entity, within the Bureau of Standardization and Metrology. In the same year, the membership in ISO (International Organization for Standardization) was transferred from the Bureau of Standardization and Metrology to ISRSM.
Later in 2003 ISRSM became an associate member of CEN (European Committee for Standardization). In 2005 ISRSM was accepted as an associate member of the IEC (International Electro-technical Commission), and in March 2005 as an associate member of CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization).
ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) recognized the USSR as a national standardization body in December 2006.
ISRSM has signed trade agreements ISO, IEC, CEN, CENELEC and ETSI
The Assembly of ISSRM was established on December 17, 2003, and today it consisted of 40 members - stakeholders in standardization: industrial companies, consumer associations, civil society organizations, educational and scientific institutions, laboratories, inspection bodies and seven (7 ) representatives by the founder - the Government of the Republic of Northern Macedonia. The number of ISRSM members is constantly growing. In December 2005, ISRSM started issuing the Announcement for publishing standards and other standardization documents. The standard announcement contains several chapters which include lists of adopted Macedonian standards, proposals for adoption of international, European and other national standards, withdrawn standards, draft standards, corrections of Macedonian standards and price list of Macedonian standards. The standard announcement notice has been published on the ISRSM website since August 2006. At the end of 2009 ISRS created a catalog of all adopted Macedonian standards and standardization documents in the period from December 2005 to November 2009. The ISRSM website was launched in August 2006 in Macedonian and has the following web address: www.isrsm.gov.mk, and from May 2018 the new significantly improved version is used.
In 2006, an announcement was made for new vacancies and 7 new employees were hired. In 2009, the staff capacity of ISRSM was strengthened with 5 new employees, and in 2010 with two new employees. Four employees are no longer part of ISRSM due to retirement and leaving the job. In 2020, two more new employees were hired and one employee was hired.
Currently, the total number of permanent staff in ISRSM is 25, a number together with the Director of ISRSM, and another employment is planned as soon as possible.
The employees participated in several seminars, trainings and workshops related to the internal regulations and practices of European and international standardization, procedures for preparation and adoption of European and international standards, including trainings related to law, financial operations, foreign languages and protection of rights. of intellectual property.
From 2004 to 2020 ISRSM constantly prepares and improves internal acts:
- The Statute of ISRSM
- Guide for technical editing of standards and other documents, etc.
Starting in June 2010, through the IPA project with the expert support of AFNOR (French Association for Normalization) and HZN (Croatian Institute for Normalization), ISRS is working on the review of all those internal acts in order to gain full membership in the European Organization for Standardization: CEN (European Committee for Standardization) and CENELEC (European Committee for Electro technical Standardization).
The standardization infrastructure in the Bureau of Standardization and Metrology (commissions) was reconstructed and resumed its work as technical committees of ISRSM. Through direct contact with stakeholders regarding standardization and as a result of the growing demand for European standards by the business community, the initiatives for the establishment of ISSM TC in various areas were received and the technical infrastructure was established. In March 2011, the number of established and fully operational ISRS TCs reached 36. ISRSM Technical Committees have an identical scope of work with the relevant Technical Committees in the European and international communities as well as international standardization organizations.
Institutional changes within ISRSM affected the speed of adoption of European and international standards as Macedonian. By March 2011, the total number of adopted international and European standards and other standardization documents as Macedonian was 19464. In 2009, the main goal was to facilitate the process of adopting European standards (EN), in accordance with the Statute and the Manual of the Technical Boards. , ISRSM established 2 Technical Boards (TB). One Technical Board is responsible for general standardization, and the second Technical Board works in the field of electrical technology, information technology and telecommunications. ISRSM Technical Boards deal with standards in areas where ISRSM's technical infrastructure is not yet fully established.
Bilateral Cooperation Agreements were signed with the Turkish Standardization Institution under the Government of the Republic of Turkey (June 2006), the General Directorate for Standardization of the Republic of Albania, the Standardization Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Bulgarian Standardization Institute, the Black Standardization Institute Gora (June 2009), and the Agreement on Procurement of National Standards via Internet Download was concluded with the German Standardization Body (DIN), which was also signed in 2020.
The representatives of ISSRM participate in the work of the working groups established by the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, regarding the preparation of the National Program for the adoption of the EU Acquis, as well as the undertaking of the Directives of the New Approach to the national legislation.
The Republic of North Macedonia, as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), has established a comparison system. Since September 2004, the contact point of TBT (Technical Barriers to Trade) is fully functional within the Institute for Standardization of the Republic of Macedonia.
The Institute for Standardization of the Republic of North Macedonia (ISRSM) as a national standardization body represents the national interest in international, European and regional organizations for standardization, promotes standardization activities and through bringing together public and private stakeholders develops and adopts voluntary national standards.
ISRSM from 2018 onwards started to hold trainings on standards for which there is great interest by stakeholders and the trainings have a large attendance and ISRSM significantly increased its revenues.
Through promotions, press conferences, meetings, workshops, trainings and other events in which the director of ISRSM participated, he contributed to increasing public awareness of the benefits of applying the standards. It should be noted that the sale of standards in 2020 has increased by 40% compared to the previous 2017.
From the meetings and the promotion of the standardization activities, the membership of the interested parties in ISSRM has increased, so the membership in ISRSM has increased from 95 to 150 members of ISSRM.
ISRSM is a national standardization body established by the Law on Standardization of the Republic of North Macedonia ("Official Gazette of the Republic of Macedonia" No. 14/2003) and is responsible for the development and adoption of standards in accordance with the goals and principles of Macedonian national standardization. . For the needs of the country in the field of standardization, the Institute performs the following tasks and faces the following challenges:
The Institute for Standardization of the Republic of North Macedonia (ISRSM) is the only national standardization body that represents the national interests in international, European and regional standardization organizations, promotes standardization activities and through association of public and private stakeholders, ISRSM prepares and adopts voluntary national standards.
ISRSM is a full member of the European standardization bodies CEN / CENELEC since July 2012 and continuously meets all the conditions and obligations arising from its membership.
The Council of the Institute for Standardization of the Republic of North Macedonia is a body that manages the work of the Institute.
The Council of ISRS performs the following tasks and tasks: defines the policy for standardization and certification of the Institute and supervises its work; adopts general acts of the Institute and monitors their execution; adopts the Rules of Procedure of the Council; adopts the Annual Work Program of the Institute; adopts the semi-annual and annual report on the work of the Institute; oversees the implementation of the annual work program and other planned activities of the Institute; adopts the annual financial plan in accordance with the founder; adopts the annual financial report; forms and dissolves technical bodies; proposes the amount of membership fees and the method of payment; adopts the act determining the prices of standards, publications and other services; adopts other acts and decisions related to the work of the Institute in accordance with the Statute and other general acts, creates the policy for bilateral, regional and international cooperation; proposes a session of the Assembly in accordance with the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly; elects and dismisses the director of the Institute; proposes decisions of the Assembly for adoption or acceptance in accordance with the Statute and other general acts of the Institute; submits a report on its work to the founder at least once a year and performs other activities in accordance with the Law and the Statute of the Institute.
The Council consists of nine members appointed and dismissed by the Assembly of ISSRM for a period of four years, with the possibility of reappointment. Membership in the Council ensures equal representation of all stakeholders.