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EMAS Verification and Validation Impressions from an Accreditation Body. Marc WOUTERS BELAC EMAS Stakeholders Dialogue Brussels 04.10.2013. The views presented by the speaker are his own and do not necessarily represent the views of BELAC. For a member of general public or a customer?.

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Emas verification and validation impressions from an accreditation body

EMAS Verification and ValidationImpressions from an Accreditation Body

Marc WOUTERSBELAC

EMAS Stakeholders DialogueBrussels04.10.2013

The views presented by the speaker are his own and do not necessarily represent the views of BELAC


Which feeling or sensation

For a member of general public or a customer?

The EMAS logo is a formal promise

The organizations bearing the EMAS logo, promise to :

  • Comply to all applicable environmental legislation;

  • Identify and control all environmental aspects;

  • Improve its environmental performance; and

  • Assume environmental and economic responsibility.

How much confidence can we have in this promise ?

Which feeling or sensation ?

For an employee of the organization ? An commitment towards environmental awareness and sustainable way of doing business

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The role of verification and validation in building confidence and the role of belac

The role of verification and validation in building confidence and the role of BELAC

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Conformity assessment

Conformity assessment

Early 1990’s : The EC adopts the “New approach” to promote the free movement of goods and services as the cornerstone of the single European market.

  • Prevent new barriers to trade (e.g. national legislation on product requirements, national technical standards …)

  • Establish harmonized technical requirements (EU Regulations, European standards …)

  • Establish mutual recognition: what is found conform in one member state is accepted as conform in another member state.

Regulation (EC) 765/2008 on accreditation and market surveillance establishes a European framework for conformity assessment.

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Conformity assessment cont d

Conformity assessment (cont’d)

Conformity assessment is the process for demonstrating that a product, a process, a service, a management system meets specified requirements.

Third party conformity assessment versus self-declared conformity !

Essential requirements for a third party conformity assessment body (CAB):

  • Impartial(unbiased decisions, free of influences …)

  • Competent(able to detect risks for non-compliance and to detect system inconsistency …)

  • Reliable(governed by a well functioning and stable process, informed decision making …)

BELAC , as the Belgian national accreditation body, monitors and attests the impartiality, competence and the reliability of conformity assessment bodies in Belgium.

Third party conformity assessment provides the means for establishing confidence in compliance with expectations.

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Emas verification and validation impressions from an accreditation body

Conformity assessment and EMAS :Different roles, calling on different competences, expertise and attitudes.

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Emas verification and validation impressions from an accreditation body

GovernmentCompetent authority

Third partyconformity assessment

Policymaking

BELAC(NAB)

EMAS

Requirements

EMAS

Verifier

Regulator

EMAS

Registered site

Economical operators

Consumer, Customer …

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Emas verification and validation impressions from an accreditation body

GovernmentCompetent authority

Third partyconformity assessment

  • Technical standardization

Policymaking

BELAC(NAB)

EMAS

Requirements

EMAS

Verifier

  • Macro-scale environmental impact analysis and modeling

  • Policy making, regulatory settings

  • Building public awareness

  • Promote preferred behavior

Regulator

EMAS

Registered site

Economical operators

Consumer, Customer …

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Emas verification and validation impressions from an accreditation body

GovernmentCompetent authority

Third partyconformity assessment

Policymaking

BELAC(NAB)

EMAS

Requirements

EMAS

Verifier

Regulator

  • Compliance auditing

  • Compliance risk identification

  • Management system evaluation

  • Continuous improvement challenging

EMAS

Registered site

Economical operators

Consumer, Customer …

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Emas verification and validation impressions from an accreditation body

GovernmentCompetent authority

Third partyconformity assessment

Policymaking

BELAC(NAB)

EMAS

Requirements

EMAS

Verifier

Regulator

EMAS

Registered site

Economical operators

  • Operational excellence

  • Environmental control

  • Risk management

  • Technical innovation

  • Stakeholders dialogue

  • Personnel relations

Consumer, Customer …

  • Smart buyer

  • Environmental Awareness

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Emas verification and validation impressions from an accreditation body

Third party verification and validation provides the means for establishing confidence and credibility

GovernmentCompetent authority

Third partyconformity assessment

Policymaking

BELAC(NAB)

EMAS

Requirements

EMAS

Verifier

Regulator

The tasks of the EMAS verifier are clarified in § 2.4.2 of the EMAS users’ guide

EMAS

Registered site

Economical operators

Consumer, Customer …

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Emas confidence and credibility

EMASConfidence and credibility

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Emas verification and validation impressions from an accreditation body

Benefits of EMAS credibility

  • Public image of the company/organization

  • Public tolerance and acceptance

  • Competitive advantage in green procurement

  • Improved cooperation with authorities

  • Employee participation and satisfaction

Threats to EMAS credibility

  • Incomplete scope of environmental management system (not all relevant environmental aspects or not all relevant sites are part of the controlled process )

  • Incomplete, unclear, ambiguous, misleading environmental reporting

  • Lack of transparency to public and personnel

  • Budget pressure

  • Inadequate and inconclusive verification and validation

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Emas verification and validation impressions from an accreditation body

Benefits of EMAS credibility

  • Public image of the company/organization

  • Public tolerance and acceptance

  • Competitive advantage in green procurement

  • Improved cooperation with authorities

  • Employee participation and satisfaction

BELAC(NAB)

EMAS

Verifier

Threats to EMAS credibility

EMAS

Registered site

BELAC wants to keep the pressure on an appropriate, justified and economically feasible level !

  • Incomplete scope of environmental management system (not all relevant environmental aspects or not all relevant sites are part of the controlled process )

  • Incomplete, unclear, ambiguous, misleading environmental reporting

  • Lack of transparency to public and personnel

  • Budget pressure

  • Inadequate and inconclusive verification and validation

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Emas verification and validation impressions from an accreditation body

For that reason, BELAC will continue to :

  • Watch over proper allocation of time and effort to verification and validation activities;

  • Defend a strict and conservative interpretation of terms like:

    • ‘Environmental aspect’ as an element of an organization’s activities that has or can havean impact on the environment;

    • ‘Site’ : a distinct geographic location under the management control of an organization covering activities, products and services, including all infrastructure, equipment and materials; a site is the smallest entity to be considered for registration;

    • ‘Employee involvement’ as a driving force and a prerequisite for continuous and successful environmental improvements

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Emas verification and validation impressions from an accreditation body

We all have a distinct role and part of responsibility in ensuring that the EMAS logo deliver on its promises !

Thank you

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