Official title of the project

Strengthening of the Serbian system of Market Surveillance for non-food and food products

Project information

Region / City
Total budget of programme / project

EU contribution: 2,440,000 €

Co-financing: 350,000€

IPA 2012

Implementation period
2012. Jul - 2014. Jul
Expected results

New rules and regulations according to the Acquis Communautaire for the safety of non-food consumer products and food products added to the Serbian legal framework for product safety:

  • Plans for transpose of EU regulations and directives related to the safety of non-food products and food products are reviewed, amended and priorities set; staff of ministries is trained on EU principles and practices; at least five EU regulations and/or directives for non-food products, and five regulations and/or directives for food safety are prepared as Serbian national legislation.

Market surveillance authorities have enhanced management and administrative capacities, improved joint coordination on strategy, policies, and planning, and improved cooperation with stakeholders:

  • Selected market surveillance authorities have increased their capabilities to introduce and implement a modem EU-styled approach to market surveillance through training and guidance to managers, and will be able to develop strategic and operational plans; authorities are assisted by the analysis and proposal of design for software to develop and implement a Management Information System for market surveillance; authorities will have increased the level of their cooperation and coordination through the establishment and operation of a Product Safety Council.

Market surveillance authorities have enhanced operational capabilities:

  • The staff of selected market surveillance organisations for non-food products will have enhanced capabilities for practical surveillance of the selected priority directives; will have increased their capabilities for general surveillance through training on practical inspection skills, on risk assessment, and through the organisation of experience exchange groups; will have increased their capabilities to operate a system for continuous personal and professional development.

Ministry of Foreign and Internal Trade and Telecommunication of the Republic of Serbia


Ministry of Health

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management

Ministry of Finance and Economy

Customs Administration

Target Groups

Market surveillance authorities

Ministry of Health

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management

Ministry of Finance and Economy

Customs Administration

Summary of the project

The aim of the project is to improve the performance of the market surveillance authorities in Serbia and to prepare them in a general and specific manner for the changes that will be brought about by the transition to the EU system of legislation for the safety of non-food and food products. The aim should be achieved by implementing activities in three broad areas of technical support:

  • The first area is related to legislation for products, and strengthening the legal base for product safety legislation and market surveillance. A careful selection of directives and regulations, among others based on resources available for future implementation, should be made that will be transposed with the assistance of the project.
  • The second field for action has to build the capacity of market surveillance authorities’ management. The analysis of existing and required data to serve as basis for the development of management information systems will be one of the core tasks of the project.
  • The third task is to enhance operational capabilities by starting to use methods of risk assessment as a standard tool for product assessments, but also for prioritizing inspection activities. The introduction of new regulations for product safety, in particular the ones based on the EU New Approach, will require new knowledge and skills for inspectors. The development of procedures and guidelines should be undertaken in order to offer the inspectors a repository of technical and practical know-how.


  1. Reduction of the exposure of consumers in Serbia to unsafe and low quality products will be done with improvement of the functioning of the national market surveillance system
  2. While enabling relevant Serbian authorities to adopt and enforce EU legislations in the area of market surveillance, both companies and consumer will benefit from the ex-post inspection of products placed on the market

Programme/Project objectives

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to a high level of protection of consumers in Serbia. The purpose of the project is enabling the market surveillance system in Serbia to effectively and efficiently perform its tasks and responsibilities under the new legislation for product safety and food safety and to protect against products that pose serious threats to health, safety, and the environment.

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