Third Party Verifier Requirements & Process
The requirements for approval of Third Party Verifiers are designed to identify those organizations with sufficient knowledge, experience, resources, and demonstrated business practices to effectively execute verification projects. These requirements include:
Organization Level Requirements
- HPDC General Membership
- 5 Years Relevant Experience in one or more of the following areas:
- Material Science
- Environmental Science or related field
- Resources to handle all work in-house – this work will not be outsourced, which means that permanent or contract associates will do all work (including QA) within the system/processes of the verifying organization.
- Adherence to ISO 17065 Requirements for Bodies Certifying Products, Processes and Services.
- While the verifier’s operational practices must be documented to demonstrate conformance to ISO 17065, certification to ISO 17065 is not required.
- The Specific ISO 17065 sections that apply are:
- 2 Mechanism for safeguarding impartiality
- 1.1.2 The personnel shall be competent for the functions they perform
- 1.1.3 Personnel shall keep confidential all information obtained or created during verification
- 1.2.1 The verification body shall establish, implement and maintain a procedure for management of competencies of personnel involved in the verification process
- 4.1 The verification body shall have a plan for the evaluation activities to all for the necessary arrangements to be managed.
- 4.2 The verification body shall assign personnel to perform each evaluation task that it undertakes with its internal resources.
- 4.9 The results of all evaluation activities shall be documented prior to review.
- 12 Records.
- 1st three verified HPDs undergo an HPDC review
- Annual audits of the verifying organization to maintain approval
- 5-10% of verified HPDs are reviewed by HPDC annually
For each individual conducting verifications
- Mandatory HPDC Training has been successfully completed prior to conducting verifications
- Successful completion of required ongoing training specified by their employers or the HPDC
Process for Verifier Approval
Prospective verifiers begin with an online application which allows them to respond to each requirement through statements of compliance and supporting documentation. After an initial review of the application by HPDC staff, the application undergoes an audit process that may include further discussion with the applicant and review of any additional documentation that may be required. The application and audit documentation is then reviewed by a panel made up of HPDC staff and members of the Third Party Verification Technical Sub-Group and the Technical Committee. Final approval comes from the HPDC Technical Committee.
After approval is granted, any individual who will be conducting verifications must complete the mandatory training (if they haven’t already done so), prior to commencing work on verifications. The verifying organization must submit the first three HPD verifications they complete for review by HPDC. Thereafter, the verifying organization must undergo an annual audit to review their qualifications and business practices as well as having a random sampling of their verifications reviewed by HPDC.