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Increased exchange in the Building Sector

Recognition of professional qualifications in the Building Process

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In November 2004 the Nordic Council of Ministers together with the Nordic countries, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland decided to initiate a collaboration by approving an action plan for improved co-operation between the countries concerned in the area of construction and building. The co-operation will take place through the following activities: to make market information and information on national regulations accessible to potential actors on the market to expand the basis of experience and new found knowledge in housing construction to undertake a comparative analysis of regulations within the building sector intended to serve as a basis for deliberations on possible harmonization to make it possible to compare competency requirements imposed on certain actors in the building process, and - to establish a network for joint research and development on issues relevant to the plan of action This report describes results of the second stage of a project devoted to promoting increased transparency of procedures for recognition of regulates professions in the Building Sector, particularly making national systems easier to manage and more clear, quick and friendly to use, improving transparency of qualifications to ensure that customers can rely on a more comprehensive service.

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The Ministry of Economics has overall responsibility for all matters connected with building sector, including recognition of qualification. Access to the building market is permitted only to companies, which have certified personnel (the full list of qualifications see in p.6) in the profile applied. Certification bodies authorised by Ministry of Economics issue certificates for these qualifications, as well as grant extension of validity and withdrawal of certificates. List of certification bodies, which are authorised for the certification market, is published in the central governmental periodical "Latvijas Vestnesis”. Competence of certification bodies is assessed according to the Latvian Law on Conformity Assessment and National standard (adapted from the identical European and International standard) LVS EN ISO/IEC 17024:2003, Conformity assessment — General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons. Certification procedures comprise general requirements covered by the standard mentioned above and specific criteria elaborated by each certification body in accordance with the profile applied for accreditation. Latvian National Accreditation Bureau (LATAK) is responsible for assessment of competence all certification bodies applying for operation in the certification market.

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