Validation and Verification Bodies
What is validation and verification?
Validation and verification are pivotal in upholding the integrity and quality of the projects certified under ERS’s programme and methodologies.
These processes are carried out by validation/verification bodies (VVBs) – competent, independent third-party auditors accredited by ERS. VVBs are specialists in the ERS programme and the specific sectoral scope or technical domain they assess.
Validation is a third-party evaluation conducted following the Project’s Assessment. Its principal aim is to review the Project's Provisional Project Design Document (PDD), the veracity of its data, and its compliance with ERS Programme and Methodology.
Verification is a third-party evaluation conducted every two years, starting at year four, throughout the issuance period of the Project. Its principal objective is to verify the information reported annually by Developers, ERS’ GHG emissions and removals calculations and to examine the Project’s adherence to its initial PDD.
For ERS Programme
During validation and verification, VVBs rigorously evaluate projects against the ERS Programmes rules and the applied methodologies.
VVBs may be located anywhere in the world and are eligible to provide validation and verification services under the ERS Programme if they are accredited by ERS, have signed the required agreement, and paid the annual validation/verification body fee.
The below overview lists accredited VVBs that can provide validation or verification.
EPIC is led by a team known for their expertise and commitment to integrity in service delivery. Their sustainability and climate specialists excel in greenhouse gas validation, and as a leading independent verifier, they offer efficient audits for management systems and standards worldwide. Their training services cover various ISO standards and protocols.
Neocert is an internationally accredited certifier for FSC® and PEFC/CERFLOR certification in forest management and chain of custody, qualified to carry out independent forest audits (AFI) in public forest concession contracts and certification of animal welfare and LIFE of Biodiversity. Neocert carries out third-party verifications in Due Diligence processes, Carbon Footprint Management Program and ESG Score, to add value to businesses with credibility.