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;
  • Supervision of dam walls and related facilities.

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);
  • Renewable energy sources law (RESL);
  • Law on protection against harmful influence of chemical substances and  mixtures (LPHICSM);
  • Law on tourism (LT);
  • Water Act.

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;
  • Ensuring safe operation of dams by performing a reliable and effective control of the technical condition and safe operation of dams and related facilities.

At present SAMTS has 451 employees and the follow structure:

  • Management (President, 2 Vice Presidents, Secretary General) directly subordinated to the President;
  • Two financial controllers, directly subordinated to the SAMTS president
  • General Administration:
    • Directorate “Finances and Administration”;
  • Specialized Administration:
  • Market surveillance;
  • Technical inspection;
  • Quality control of liquid fuels;
  • Metrological supervision;
  • Designation of conformity assessment bodies;
  • Supervision of dam walls and related facilities.

The specific results of SAMTS activities in the period 2013 - 2016 as well as the target values of performance indicators for 2017 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 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Information transfers regarding the notification of  conformity assessment bodies to the EC
Number 194 138 142
249 140
Checks of conformity assessment bodies Number 217 161
431 160
Checks of measuring instruments, planned and upon signals Number 22382 18696 17230
17950 15500

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 892 1135 844 913
Tested types of products for market surveillance purposes Number 32
33 64
233 40
Dеstroyed products or non-complying products sent back to the supplier/producer Number 6068 523 896 1588 *
Checks for observation of technical legislation under LTRP
Number 22382 20975 17828
24786 20000
Technical inspections of high-risk equipment Number 17743 18576 16072
21264 18000
Inspections of licensed and registered companies Number 1164 912 944
1291 1200
Control on workshops for installation and repairing of tachographs
Number 151 155 160
160 160
Inspections of fuel supply stations Number 504 445
Tested liquid fuel samples Number 973 813 1134 1457 1400
Inspections of  the technical condition of dam walls and related facilities** Number - - - 5813 2700
Issued acts for administrative violations of laws Number 3226 1942 2359
2923 *
Issued penal acts Number 2822 1623 1645 2359 *

* impossible to plan

** New activity since 01.01.2016