Държавна агенция за метрологичен и технически надзор

About the agency

ДАМТНSTATE AGENCY FOR METROLOGICAL AND TECHNICAL SURVEILLANCE (SAMTS) is the state surveillance authority performing the national policy in the field of:

  • 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.

The SAMTS activities are regulated by the following 10 laws:

  • Law on technical requirements for products (LTRP);
  • Law on consumer protection (LCP);
  • Law on ambient clean air (LACA);
  • Law on measurements (LM) ;
  • Law on automobile transport (LAT);
  • Waste management act (WMA);
  • Law on medical devices (LMD);
  • Renewable energy sources law (RESL);
  • Law on protection against harmful influence of chemical substances and  mixtures (LPHICSM);
  • Law on tourism (LT).

Main objectives in carrying out SAMTS activities are:

  • Protection of society and environment against dangerous and non-complying with the essential requirements industrial products, dangerous for use high risk equipment, false measuring results and liquid fuels of poor quality;
  • Ensuring equal conditions for marketing of products, which fall within the competencies of SAMTS, on the Bulgarian market as part of the single European market;
  • To support the functioning of the national conformity assessment system.

At present  SAMTS has 340 employees and the follow structure:

  • Management (President, 2 Vice Presidents, Secretary General) and the units directly subordinated to the President;
  • General Administration:
    • Directorate “Finances and Administration”;
  • Specialized Administration:
  • Market surveillance;
  • Technical inspection;
  • Quality control of liquid fuels;
  • Metrological supervision;
  • Planning, coordination, control and designation of conformity assessment bodies.

The specific results of SAMTS activities in the period 2011 - 2014 as well as the target values of realization indicators for 2015 can be seen in the table below:

Program „Quality infrastructure in support of Bulgarian economy development”

Reported value Target value
Indicators for realization Measuring unit 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Information transfers regarding the notification of  conformity assessment bodies to the EC
Number 148 119 194 138
Checks of conformity assessment bodies Number 129 157 217 161
Checks of measuring instruments, planned and upon signals Number 23684 15432 22382 18696

Checks of prepackages

batches with same quantity

individual packages with different quantity



















Checks pursuant to received/sent notifications under the Rapid Alert System for Dangerous Consumer Goods (RAPEX) Number 633 1047 892 1135
Tested types of products for market surveillance purposes Number 28 47 32 33
Dеstroyed products or non-complying products sent back to the supplier/producer Number 9256 10533 6068 523
Checks for observation of technical legislation under LTRP, LM, LAT, WMA Number 17912 25628 22382 20975
Technical inspections of high-risk equipment Number 16203 17673 17743 18576
Inspections of licensed and registered companies Number 948 1063 1164 912
Control on workshops for installation and repairing of tachographs
Number 127 133 151 155
Inspections of fuel supply stations Number 509 511 504 445
Tested liquid fuel samples Number 980 962 973 813
Issued acts for administrative violations of laws Number 2717 2689 3226 1942
Issued penal acts Number 2264 2421 2822 1623 *

* impossible to plan

In the light of EU growing requirements to the protection of society and environment against dangerous and non-complained with the essential requirements consumer products, dangerous for use high risk equipment, false measurements and liquid fuels of poor quality as well as in the light of Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 July 2008 setting out the requirements for accreditation and market surveillance relating to the marketing of products and Decision No 768/2008/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 July 2008 on a common framework for the marketing of products, the SAMTS responsibilities and activities as a state surveillance authority will play more important role in ensuring the protection of life and health of persons, safety of domestic animals, the consumer interests and the protection of environment and property, when the placed on the market and/or put into service products are properly installed, maintained and used for their intended purpose.