Become a VVB or IEE
New validation/verification bodies (VVBs) may be located anywhere in the world and have three pathways to be approved under the SD VISta Program:
- Accreditation by a body in compliance with the latest version of ISO/IEC 17011 Conformity assessment — criteria for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies (currently ISO/IEC 17011:2017)
- Accreditation by a body that is a member of the ISEAL Alliance
- Approval as VVB under the VCS Program
In addition to the above, organizations must demonstrate competency to manage the validation and verification of activities for, at minimum, one of the SD VISta sectoral scopes.
Where organizations can demonstrate the above, they are invited to complete and submit the VVB Application Form.
Independent Expert Evaluation
Additionally, new independent evaluation experts (IEE) may also be located anywhere in the world. To become an approved IEE, individuals must demonstrate the following:
- Competency in one or more of the SD VISta sectoral scopes
- Experience in social and/or environmental project development or auditing.
Where individuals can demonstrate that above, they are invited to complete and submit the IEE Application Form.
Suspension or Loss of Accreditation
A VVB or IEE becomes inactive when its accreditation is terminated or suspended by the body under which it is accredited, or if Verra suspends or terminates its agreement with the VVB or IEE. An inactive or suspended VVB cannot issue SD VISta validation or verification reports until Verra reinstates its eligibility. Similarly, and IEE cannot issue SD VISta evaluation reports until Verra reinstates its eligibility.