Withdrawal of accreditation

The COP/MOP decided at its first meeting that the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC) would have the power to suspend or withdraw the accreditation of an independent entity if it no longer meets the requirements for accreditation:

The Article 6 Supervisory Committee shall suspend or withdraw the accreditation of an independent entity if it has carried out a review and found that the entity no longer meets the accreditation standards laid down in appendix A. The Article 6 Supervisory Committee may suspend or withdraw accreditation only after the accredited independent entity has had the opportunity of a hearing and depending on the outcome of the hearing. The suspension or withdrawal is with immediate effect.  The affected entity shall be notified, immediately and in writing, once the Article 6 Supervisory Committee has decided upon its suspension or withdrawal. The decision by the Article 6 Supervisory Committee on such a case shall be made public (9/CMP.1, Annex, paragraph 42).

Advising on the suspension or withdrawal of accreditation of an accreditated independent entity (AIE) is one of the functions of the Joint Implementation Accreditation Panel (JI-AP):

  1. In accordance with the detailed procedures to operationalize the accreditation of independent entities, the JI-AP shall make recommendations to the JISC regarding: ...
    1. The suspension of accreditation of an accredited independent entity (AIE);
    2. The withdrawal of accreditation of an AIE.
  2. The tasks identified in the paragraph above imply that, inter alia, the following activities are to be carried out by the JI-AP: ...
    1. Determining whether to recommend to the JISC the suspension of accreditation of an AIE (Terms of reference for the establishment of the Joint Implementation Accreditation Panel, JISC 2, Annex 4, paragraphs 3(b)-(c) and 4(d)).

Suspension or withdrawal of accreditation may only occur after the AIE, and the participants in any determined or verified projects that may be adversely affected by the suspension or withdrawal, have had an opportunity for a hearing:

Any suspension or withdrawal of an accredited independent entity that adversely affects verified projects shall be decided on by the Article 6 Supervisory Committee only after the affected project
participants have had the opportunity of a hearing (9/CMP.1, Annex, paragraph 44).

Any projects determined or verified by an independent entity whose accreditation has been suspended or withdrawn shall not be affected unless significant deficiencies are identified in relation to the determination or verification.  However, if a review reveals that excess ERUs have been issued to a project as a result of such deficiencies, the independent entity must acquire an amount of ERUs or AAUs equivalent to the excess and transfer them to the holding account of the host Party:

Verified projects shall not be affected by the suspension or withdrawal of the accreditation of an accredited independent entity unless significant deficiencies are identified in the determination referred to in paragraphs 33 or 37 above for which the entity was responsible. In this case, the Article 6 Supervisory Committee shall decide whether a different accredited independent entity shall be appointed to assess and, where appropriate, correct such deficiencies. If such an assessment reveals that excess ERUs have been transferred as a result of the deficiencies identified in the determination referred to in paragraphs 33 or 37 above, the independent entity whose accreditation has been withdrawn or suspended shall acquire an equivalent amount of AAUs and ERUs and place them in the holding account of theParty hosting the project within 30 days from the assessment mentioned above (9/CMP.1, Annex, paragraph 43).

Any costs associated with the review referred to above must be borne by the independent entity whose accreditation has been withdrawn or suspended:

Any costs relating to the assessment referred to in paragraph 44 above shall be borne by the accredited independent entity whose accreditation has been withdrawn or suspended (9/CMP.1, Annex, paragraph 45).

It should be noted that although this paragraph refers to 'paragraph 44 above' this is likely to be a typographical error and should refer to paragraph 43.

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