BULGARIA
COOMET MoU year of signing:1991
Area:110 993 km2
Population:7.365 million
last update: 15.07.2019

1. Law on metrology
“Law on measurements”, effective from 09.11.2002, published in SG, issue 46/7.05.2002, last amended SG, Issue 12/6.2.2018.
2. Metrological infrastructure
The policy in the field of metrology is defined by the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria on a proposal from the Minister of Economy. In the process of policy making the Minister of Economy is supported by the president of the Bulgarian Institute of Metrology and the president of the State Agency for Metrological and Technical Surveillance.
Ministers and heads of state bodies organize the activities to ensure traceability, accuracy and reliability of measurements in their legal entities.
The Bulgarian Institute of Metrology (BIM) is a legal entity to the Minister of Economy, at budget support. BIM has functions of the national metrology institute and national legal metrology authority.
The State Agency for Metrological and Technical Surveillance (SAMTS) is a legal entity to the Minister of Economy, at budget support, that is in charge of carrying out metrological surveillance according to the Law on measurements.
The Bulgarian Institute of Metrology (BIM)
Acting President:Mr. Paun Ilchev
Address:52-B, Blvd G.M.Dimitrov 1797 Sofia, Bulgaria
Telephone:+359 2 9702 773
Fax:+359 2 9702 777
E-mail:p.ilchev@bim.government.bg
Web:http://bim.government.bg
Scientific metrology
BIM trough the Directorate General “National Centre of Metrology” (DG NCM):
  • establishes and maintains the national measurement standards of the Republic of Bulgaria;
  • organizes establishment and development of the national system of certified referent materials;
  • carries out metrological research and provides measurement-related services in areas of public, scientific and economic interest;
  • perfroms activities for international recognition of measurement results carried out in the country.
Legal metrology
In non-harmonized European legislation:
BIM trough the Directorate General “Measures and Measuring Instruments” (DG MMI):
  • carries out control of measuring instruments (type approval, initial and subsequent verifications);
  • carries out metrological expertise of measuring instruments.
SAMTS trough the Directorate General “Metrological Supervision”:
  • performs metrological supervision for compliance with the requirements of the Law on measurements;
  • controls pre-packages and packaging designed as measuring vessels;
  • authorizes bodies for initial and subsequent verifications of some categories of measuring instruments – energy meters, gas meters, water meters, heat meters, etc.
DG NCM, BIM
General Director:Mr. Sasho Nedyalkov
Address:52 B, G.M. Dimitrov Blvd., 1797 Sofia, Bulgaria
Telephone:+359 2 9702 703
Fax:+359 2 9702 777
E-mail:s.nedialkov@bim.government.bg
DG MMI, BIM
General Director:Mr. Valentin Starev
Address:52 B, G.M. Dimitrov Blvd., 1797 Sofia, Bulgaria
Telephone:+359 2 9702 739
Fax:+359 2 9702 777
E-mail:v.starev@bim.government.bg
SAMTS
President:Mr. Petar Gornovski
Address:52A, G. M. Dimitrov Blvd., 1797 Sofia, Bulgaria
Telephone:+359 2 980 89 20
Fax:+359 2 986 17 07
DG MS, SAMTS
General Director:Mrs. Pavlina Danailova
Address:13 Lachezar Stanchev St., 1797 Sofia, Bulgaria
Telephone:+359 2 986 22 66 / +359 2 9396 740
Fax:+359 2 9396 701
E-mail:Pavlina.Danailova@damtn.government.bg
In harmonized European legislation:
BIM is a Notified Body (Nr. 1957) for conformity assessment of non-automatic weighing instruments (NAWID) and some categories of measuring instruments (MID). Other bodies, notified by SAMTS, also exist.
BIM is a Notified Body (Nr. 1957) for conformity assessment of non-automatic weighing instruments (NAWID) and some categories of measuring instruments (MID). Other bodies, notified by SAMTS, also exist.
Industrial metrology
Accredited private or public laboratories carry out calibration of measuring instruments.
3. National measurement standards
4. Status of participation in Metre Convention
Member of the Metre Convention since 1911.
Signatory of the Mutual Recognition Agreement (CIPM MRA): Bulgarian Institute of Metrology (October 14, 1999)
(Has the right to use the CIPM MRA logo since September 12, 2006)
https://www.bipm.org/en/about-us/member-states/bg/
5. Certificates of recognition of QMS of NMIs (within COOMET)
Bulgaria receives its NMI QMS recognition within EURAMET.
6. Status of Calibration and measurement capabilities (CMC data)
Bulgaria publishes its CMC data within EURAMET.