Inspectors to perform inspection activities unannounced

Inspectors will no longer need an inspection order and will not have to show their inspector IDs upon entering retail facilities to check whether they issue receipts for purchased goods.

This is one of the novelties that the amendments to the Law on Inspection Oversight bring. The public debate about the amendments in the Serbian Parliament has just concluded.

The amendments took into the account the objections and the next step is to forward them to the government for consideration – Tanjug learns from the Ministry of State Administration and Local Self-Government.

The novelties in the Law on Inspection Oversight also include the introduction of mixed inspection supervision in companies, the joint performance of inspection activities, companies being the opportunity to admit to committing in exchange for lower penalties etc.

After the adoption of the amendments, companies will be given an opportunity to report their misdemeanours to inspectors. “This also entails an inspector preparing a plan for companies to help them to comply with the regulations,” the ministry added.

In case there is a reasonable doubt that a person performs business activities as an unregistered entity or is failing to issue receipts/invoices, inspectors can assume the role of a secret shopper if that is necessary to obtain evidence of a wrongdoing.

“Secret shopping or inspectors coming announced without having to show their inspector IDs are all tools recognized by the legislation in other developed countries and to be used by inspectors in their dealing with businesses that fail to comply to relevant regulation,” the ministry added.

According to the ministry, the institute of “trusted subject”, and the aim is the focus of penal inspections is shifted to support the business operations of the company.

“The institute of “trusted subject” is intended for companies that have proven themselves to have high standards of business and compliance, which in practice means that they won’t be visited by inspection in the period of the next four years, but those entities will be obliged to perform self-examinations and submit relevant reports to inspectors”.

The Ministry has proposed for this particular stipulation two come into force two years after the law is adopted.

“It takes time to apply risk assessment tools and e-Inspector tools. It also takes time to create a database of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ businesses, based on risk assessment”, the Ministry adds.

They warn companies that, if they abuse this institute of “the trusted subject”, they would be permanently denied the rights of the trusted subject in the future.

(Kurir, 01.10.2018)

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