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Repairs, professional inspections and specialised tests of selected types of technological equipment

This activity constitutes a regulated trade.

In order to pursue a regulated trade, the person wishing to conduct the activity must obtain a certificate of trade authorisation issued by the relevant District (Trade Licence) office, acting as the Point of Single Contact (PSC), according to the place of residence of a natural person, registered office of a legal person, the address of a place of business of a foreign person’s undertaking or the address of a place of business of an organisational unit of a foreign person’s undertaking, based on a trade notification.

In order to obtain a certificate of trade authorisation, the applicant must comply with the general and specific conditions for the pursuit of the trade and must pay an administrative fee of € 15 (€ 7.5 in the event of electronic notification of the trade) per regulated trade.

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Once all the conditions have been fulfilled, natural persons with residence in an EU or OECD Member State, legal persons already registered in the Business Register and legal persons that are not subject to registration in the Business Register may start their business already on the day of trade notification. The PSC shall issue a trade licence within 3 business days of the date, when the trade notification and statements from the register of criminal records had been delivered to it.

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General and specific conditions for the pursuit of the regulated trade:

A natural person or legal person wishing to pursue a regulated trade must fulfil the general and specific conditions for the pursuit of the trade:

  • the general conditions for the pursuit of a regulated trade are the following:
       - age 18 and above;
       - full legal capacity;
       - clean criminal record (evidenced by a statement from the register of criminal records)
  • a specific condition for the pursuit of a regulated trade is the demonstration of professional aptitude

Note:
Fulfilment of general conditions by a Slovak legal person: the general conditions apply to the statutory body or responsible representative, if appointed; the specific conditions apply to the appointed responsible representative, unless otherwise stipulated in the Trades Act. In the event of a foreign person’s undertaking, the general conditions apply to the head of the foreign person’s undertaking and, in the case of an organisational unit of a foreign person’s undertaking, the head of that organisational unit.
Statements from the register of criminal records: natural persons with residence and legal persons with registered office in the Slovak Republic, to whom the condition of a clean criminal record applies, shall provide the data necessary for requesting a statement from the register of criminal records maintained by the General Prosecution of the Slovak Republic. Persons who are not Slovak nationals shall document their fulfilment of the condition of a clean criminal record by a statement from the register of criminal records issued in their home Member State or a natural person’s Member State of origin or, where such statements are not being issued, an equivalent document issued by the relevant court or administrative body or, where such documents are not issued within 2 months of request, an affidavit. The document may be dating back no more than 3 months and must be translated into the state language.

Professional aptitude for the pursuit of this regulated trade is evidenced by the following:

  • activity authorisation or
  • activity performance certificate.

Activity authorisation is issued to an employer by an authorised legal person, who has authorisation issued by the National Labour Inspectorate, upon written application. The issuance of an authorisation is subject to the following:

  1. an employment contract concluded between the employer and an employee who has the relevant evidence of professional aptitude (an activity performance certificate or an activity performance pass);
  2. adequate method and scope of performance of the activity in technical, technological, personnel and organisational terms.

Note:

The employer is a legal person or natural person employing at least one natural person under a labour-law employment contract.

Activity performance certificate (hereinafter only the "certificate") is issued by a legal person authorised by the National Labour Inspectorate, a natural person or a legal person with authorisation to provide training and education pursuant to Act No. 124/2006 Coll. on health and safety at work and on amendments to certain acts, as amended, upon written application.

The issuance of the certificate to a natural person is subject to the following:

  1. age 18 and above, unless otherwise stipulated in laws or other health and safety regulations;
  2. education and practical experience;
  3. medical fitness;
  4. completed professional training;
  5. verification of professional knowledge.

A certified natural person is obliged to complete an refresher training before a person with authorisation to provide training and education every five years. When performing his/her professional activities, a certified natural person is obliged to comply with laws and other regulations ensuring health and safety at work.

Trade License Department of the District Office shall issue a trade license certificate to a person from the Community after submitting a certificate of recognition of professional qualifications.

A person from the Community is every natural person who is EU member state national or state which is the party to the Agreement on EEA national and Swiss Confederation national (hereinafter referred to as the "member state') and every natural person established under the member state law having their registered office, central administration or principal place of business within the territory of such countries.

You can ask the competent authority for recognition of professional qualifications also through an online portal - electronic online form "general agenda" ("Všeobecná agenda").

Additional information concerning the trade

The regulated trade "assembly, repair, performance of inspections and tests of selected types of technological equipment" involves three distinct activities: repair of classified technical equipment, expert inspections of classified technical equipment and expert tests of classified technical equipment.

Repair of classified technical equipment (hereinafter only "CTE") involves: disassembly and assembly of CTE for the purposes of repair, preventive repair and maintenance, and the performance of CTE repair and maintenance. (Cases of following instructions in the manufacturer's operation and maintenance manual, for example, are not considered as repair and maintenance.) Disassembly and assembly of CTE for the purposes of reconstruction – repair and intervention in an already assembled CTE changing the CTE parameters, function or purpose compared to the original condition. CTE assembly into a functional unit at the place of its future operation – mounting – compilation of the individual CTE parts consisting e.g. of various products (including designated) into a functional unit at the place of its future operation according to technical or project documentation. (such "mounting" does not include the assembly – mounting of designated products and equipment in the manufacturing process in the premises of the supplier or the manufacturer, nor activities defined in designated product conformity assessment modules carried out at the place of future operation.)

Expert inspections and expert tests serve to verify the CTE safety condition after the completion of manufacture, mounting, installation at the place of future operation, reconstruction and repair in the course of operation.

According to the degree of danger it poses, technical equipment is classified as group A, group B or group C:

Group A includes technical equipment with a high level of danger → considered as CTE;

Group B includes technical equipment with a higher level of danger → considered as CTE;

Group C includes technical equipment with a lower level of danger.


An entrepreneur shall:

  • Set up an establishment (the establishment may also be set up after the date of trade notification), designate it and notify its setting up to the PSC no later than on the date of setting up. The establishment must be approved by the Regional Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic.
  • Demonstrate authorisation to use the real-estate property: a natural person shall demonstrate authorisation to use the real-estate property indicated as the place of business, if the address of the place of business is different from the address of residence; a foreign person shall demonstrate authorisation to use the real estate property indicated as the place of business of a foreign person’s undertaking or the place of business of an organisational unit of a foreign person’s undertaking. A legal person shall demonstrate authorisation to use the real-estate property indicated as its registered office, with the exception of legal persons that are subject to registration in the Business Register; a foreign person shall demonstrate authorisation to use the real estate property indicated as the place of business of a foreign person’s undertaking or the place of business of an organisational unit of a foreign person’s undertaking. 
  • Notify the scope of its business, the location and name of establishments, if set up, including the addresses, and the mailing address, if different from the registered office or place of business, to the Assay Office of the Slovak Republic in writing within 15 days of commencement of business activities.

Administrative fees

Issuance of a certificate of trade authorisation per regulated trade € 15
Issuance of a certificate of trade authorisation per regulated trade submitted electronically € 7.50

The fee may be paid:

  1. in the form of an e-stamp tax ("kiosk", Slovak Post Office);
  2. in the form of a cash or card payment to the relevant administrative authority;
  3. for electronic submission by a wire transfer from a bank account.

Notification of a regulated trade (how and where to notify a trade)

A regulated trade notification may be submitted:

- electronically via the Central Public Administration Portal of the Slovak Republic at this link and press "Enter the portal" (instruction for sending electronic forms)

or

- in person at the relevant local PSC according to the address of permanent residence in the event of a natural person or registered office in the event of a legal person;  in the event of foreign persons, the relevant local PSC depends on the address of a place of business of a foreign person’s undertaking or the address of a place of business of an organisational unit of a foreign person’s undertaking

Note:
By filling in and sending either electronic or paper notification form the entrepreneur has fulfilled all procedures necessary for starting a business. Where a trade is notified by a natural person, the PSC shall automatically handle registration with the Tax Office, registration in the mandatory health insurance system and, in the event of a Slovak natural person, also a statement from the register of criminal records free of charge. The use of these services is mandatory for natural persons. For legal persons, the PSC shall automatically provide a statement from the register of criminal records; other PSC services, such as registration in the Business Register, taxpayer registration and notification, and registration in the mandatory health insurance system are voluntary for legal persons.

Annexes to trade notification:

  1. document demonstrating professional aptitude of an entrepreneur or a responsible representative, if appointed (e.g. a document certifying completion of the relevant field of training or study, evidence of practical experience, etc.);
  2. authorisation to use the real estate property if the address of the place of business is different from the address of residence in the case of a natural person or from the registered office in the case of a legal person; 
  3. a statement from the register of criminal records in the case of persons who are not Slovak nationals; 
  4. responsible representative’s consent to his/her appointment, if appointed (form available for download)
  5. other documents

 

 

 

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Related legislation:

  • Act No. 455/1991 Coll. on Trade Licensing as amended
  • Act No. 124/2006 Coll. on health and safety at work and on amendments to certain acts as amended,
  • Decree No. 508/2009 Coll. of the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family laying down the details for occupational safety and health in working with pressure, lifting, electric and gas technical equipment and specifying technical equipment considered as classified technical equipment,
  • Act No. 125/2006 Coll. on labour inspection and on the amendment of Act No. 82/2005 Coll. on illegal work and illegal employment and on amendments to certain acts, as amended,
  • Act No. 355/2007 Coll. on the protection, support and development of public health and on amendments to certain acts as amended.

The applicable wording of acts is available at: https://www.slov-lex.sk/domov

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