» Call for Applications Notice – EU Environmental Technology Verification

13 August, 2013

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The objective of the European Commission (EC) Environmental Technologies Verification (ETV) pilot programme is to promote environmental technologies. This objective is to be achieved by providing technology developers, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), with the opportunity to have third-party validation of the performance of innovative environmental technologies, thus increasing their credibility on the market, and further by providing sound information on the performance and environmental impacts of technologies to the potential purchasers and users, as well as to potential investors, policy-makers and regulators. The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has been leading the UK input to the programme.

To operate effectively, the programme will need to be supported by a pool of verifiers to validate and verify the claims made by the developers of the innovative technologies.

The EC has made it a requirement of the ETV programme that verifiers will need to be accredited so in the UK verifiers will be accredited by the UK’s National Accreditation Body UKAS.

In 2012-13 UKAS ran a pilot programme for accredited verification under the ETV programme. This pilot project concluded in May 2013 with the accreditation of two verification bodies, NPL and WRc.

The European Union has now issued a call for further applications from verification bodies for funding under the EU Pilot Programme. Further information can be found at this link http://ec.europa.eu/environment/funding/etv_13.htm. The deadline for application for the EU funding is 27 September 2013.

Applicants for the funding will need to be accredited under ISO 17020: 2012 General criteria for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection, applying the requirements of the EU General Verification Protocol for ETV. Proposals may be sent by organisations having applied for accreditation but not yet having finalised it. A letter from UKAS confirming that the applicant is in the process of achieving accreditation will be required in this case. The accreditation procedures must however be completed, and the attestation transmitted to the Commission services before signature of the grant agreement, and within a time limit of 6 months from the communication of the grant award.

Following the conclusion of the UKAS pilot project, and as a result of the EU call for applications for funding, UKAS is now inviting further applications from UK-based verification bodies for accreditation for ETV.

Further information on the accreditation process can be obtained from the UKAS website. Any queries can be directed to the Project Manager Janet Gascoigne (Janet.gascoigne@ukas.com).

For further information on the ETV programme please visit the ETV website at: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/etv/index.htm or contact Grace Davis at Grace.Davis@defra.gsi.gov.uk