Scheme to assure quality of environmental auditors

Proposals for an accreditation scheme for environmental auditors have been issued for consultation by the Institute for Environmental Assessment (IEA).1 In the face of the recent proliferation of often inexperienced environmental consultancies, the aim of the scheme is to provide prospective clients with information on the experience and qualifications of individual auditors employed by consultancies.

The proposed accreditation scheme comes just two years after the environmental consulting profession took its first step towards quality control with the establishment of the IEA (ENDS Report 186, pp 3-4). At the time the IEA's mission was confined to improving the quality of environmental impact assessments.

The Association of Environmental Consultancies (AEC) was conceived at the same time and launched in April 1991 (ENDS Report 195, pp

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