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13 Jan

An EOD Level 1 Exam took place on the premises of HCR-CTRO in Zagreb, on 12th January 2016. The Exam was held in front of an Examination Board whose members were Ivan Šteker (president), Tomislav Ban and Dražen Šimunović. The examination candidate was Dalibor Bošnjaković from Capsula Interna demining company. He passed the exam and was awarded a Certificate in Croatian and English languages, which enables him to work all around the world.
HCR-CTRO plans to organize an EOD Level 1 training course in 2016, and it is also possible to organise individual exams before the course is conducted.

15 Dec

On 11th and 18th November 2015, Croatian Accreditation Agency conducted the third regular audit of the overall management system and product certification of HCR-CTRO. The audit was conducted in accordance with HRN EN ISO/IEC 17065:2013 standard, which replaces the previous standard HRN EN 45011:1998. Based on the evaluation plan of the Croatian Accreditation Agency, evaluation of conformity and an insight into the entire documentation was conducted in accordance with the stated standard.

On December 9th, a witness audit was conducted at Cerovac test site in the area of mine detection dogs

After reviewing the documentation and concluding the witness audit, the assessors expressed their satisfaction with HCR-CTRO documentation, that is adapted to the new standard, as well as with excellent cooperation to date.



14 Dec

A Workshop on Accreditation, Monitoring and Contracting Mine Action Organizations was held from 7th to 10th December 2015 in Zagreb. The workshop was organized by CROMAC, GICHD and HCR-CTRO. The participants came from Arabic-speaking national mine action programmes, namely from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Mauritania, Somalia and Sudan. A four-day programme and exchange of experience ended with a certificate awarding ceremony.

07 Dec

From 30th November to 4th December 2015, the 14th meeting of the states parties to the Ottawa Convention.was held at the UN in Geneva.
Among many topics, there was a discussion on technological innovations to help mine action, during which developments of the R&D Project TIRAMISU, funded by the European Union, were presented.
The project was also presented at the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), where suggestions for further development of the tools and R&D activities were considered in view of contributing to humanitarian demining operations.
After the project presentations, a TIRAMISU Project Management Board Meeting was held, on which project results, further activities and financial costs were discussed.

23 Nov

Dear mine action colleagues and friends,

Government Office for Mine Action, Croatian Mine Action Centre and HCR-CTRO d.o.o. have the pleasure to invite you to the 13th International Symposium and Equipment Exhibition Mine Action 2016, which will be organized under the high patronage of the Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović. The purpose of this Symposium is to provide an overview of the latest scientific and practical achievements, to identify challenges and offer sustainable solutions in mine action.

For the first time, the Symposium will have a partner-country, and it will be the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, which will be represented by His Royal Highness, Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein, by NCDR Director Mr. Mohammad Breikat and by MRE/VA Department Head, Mr. Adnan Telfah.

The Symposium will focus on the following subjects:
- ERW contamination problems - International experience
- Mine action technology and equipment - current situation and future perspectives
- Mine risk education and victim assistance
- Risks and safety in demining operations
- Collaboration and transfer of knowledge among MACs

As part of the Symposium, 14th IARP Workshop on Humanitarian Demining, C-IED, CBRNE threats and Risky Interventions will be held.