STATE AGENCY FOR METROLOGICAL AND TECHNICAL SURVEILLANCE (SAMTS) is the state surveillance authority.
SAMTS carries out the following activities:
- Market surveillance of products placed on the market and/or put into service under the scope of the New Approach Directives;
- Market surveillance of construction products; products related to the energy consumption as regards the eco design requirements; electrical and electronic equipment in relation to the restrictions of the use of certain dangerous substances and its waste;
- Technical inspection of high-risk equipment;
- Quality control of liquid fuels;
- Metrological supervision;
- Designation and supervision of conformity assessment bodies for products under the scope of the New Approach Directives;
- Supervision of dam walls and related facilities.
At present SAMTS has 468 employees and the follow structure:
- Management: President, Vice Presidents, Secretary General and financial surveyors;
- General Administration:
a) Directorate “Financial and economic activities and project management” – D FEAPM;
b) Directorate “Administrative, legal and information services” – D ALIS
- Specialized Administration:
a) Directorate General Market surveillance – GD MS;
b) Directorate General Technical inspection – GD TI;
c) Directorate General Quality control of liquid fuels – GD QCLF;
d) Directorate General Metrological supervision – GD MSv;
e) Directorate Designation of conformity assessment bodies – D DCAB;
f) Directorate General Supervision of dams and related facilities – DG SDRF;
g) Directorate General Quality control of fuels for domestic heating – DG QCFDH
The SAMTS activities are regulated by following 10 laws:
- Law on technical requirements for products (LTRP);
- Law on consumer protection (LCP);
- Law on protection against harmful influence of chemical substances and mixtures (LPHICSM);
- Law on ambient clean air (LACA);
- Law on measurements (LM);
- Law on automobile transport (LAT);
- Waste management act (WMA);
- Renewable energy sources law (RESL);
- Law on tourism (LT);
- Water Act.
Main objectives in carrying out the SAMTS activities are:
- Protection of society and environment against dangerous and non-complying with the essential requirements products, false measuring results, dangerous for use high risk equipment and liquid fuels of poor quality;
- Ensuring equal conditions for marketing of products (falling within the scope of the Ordinances under article 7 of LTRP) and construction products, measuring instruments, high risk equipment and liquid fuels on the Bulgarian market as part of the single European market;
- Ensuring equal conditions preventing from unfair competition;
- Assistance to the functioning of the national conformity assessment system.
The Main objectives in carrying out the SAMTS activities are strategic and operative.