The Board agrees on the revised Validation Prodecures
On 15 February 2016 the EITI Board approved the 2016 EITI Standard, including a revised Validation system combining initial data collection and stakeholder consultation by the International Secretariat and quality assurance by an Independent Validator (see 2016 EITI Standard, chapter 4).
On 27 May 2016 the EITI Board agreed detailed Validation procedures on how this work should be carried out. The procedures were applied to the 14 Validations that commenced on 1 July 2016.
On 24 October 2016 the Validation Committee reviewed the experience with the 2016 Validations and requested that the Secretariat propose refinements to these procedures based on the lessons learned.
The refinements address the following issues:
Encouraging implementing counties to prepare for Validation by undertaking a self-assessment of adherence to the EITI Standard and to collate the documentation and other sources that demonstrate compliance. This helps to ensure that stakeholders are prepared for Validation and that the requisite documentation is readily available.
Clarifying the procedure MSG comments on the initial assessment and Validation Report, and providing feedback to the MSG on how those comments have been taken into account. This has been a particular concern in the 2016 Validations and is an important consideration in ensuring the quality and credibility of the process.
- The eligibility of Independent Administrators to act as Validators. Firms that have acted as an Independent Administrator in any of the countries to be Validated are ineligible to act as Validator.
- The eligibility of firms to act as Validators for consecutive term. Firms shall not be eligible to act as Validators for consecutive terms.
- Confidentiality issues. The initial assessment, Validation Report and related MSG comments are confidential until the Board has reached a decision. Once the Board has reached a decision, the initial assessment and the Validation Report will be made publically available.
The Validation procedures have been updated accordingly.
Where: Discussed in the Validation Committee, decision taken via Board Circular 224.
Based on: Article 12, Articles of Association
- Internal: Board Circular 224