70.9. The plan for an offset credit project referred to in section 70.5 must be submitted with a validation report conducted by a validation organization accredited under ISO 14065 by a member of the International Accreditation Forum located in Canada or the United States and according to an ISO 17011 program, with respect to the sector of activity for the project.
In addition, the promoter must entrust the validation of the project plan to a validation organization and a validator designated by that organization that has not acted, in the 3 preceding years, as a consultant for the purpose of developing the project or calculating the reductions in GHG emissions attributable to the project for the promoter or, as applicable, for one of the member parties to the aggregation.
For the validation, the promoter and, as applicable, the member parties to the aggregation must give the validator access to all the information needed for the validation and to the places where the project is carried out.
The project plan must be validated in accordance with ISO 14064-3 using procedures that provide a reasonable assurance level within the meaning of that standard.
In addition to the information prescribed by ISO 14064-3 and ISO 14064-5, the validation report must include the following information and documents:
(1) the name and contact information of the validation organization and of the validator designated by the organization to conduct the validation and, where applicable, of the members of the validator’s team;
(2) the name and contact information of the member of the International Accreditation Forum that accredited the organization for the validation and the date of the accreditation;
(3) the dates of the period during which the validation was conducted;
(4) an assessment of the project plan and of any other relevant related information, and of the compliance of the project with the conditions set out in this Regulation;
(5) a description of any error or omission noted in the project plan or relating to the data, information or methods used and an assessment of the error or omission;
(6) where applicable, the corrections made to the project plan following the validation;
(7) a description of the work completed by the validator during the validation;
(8) any information required by the protocol applicable to the project;
(9) the conclusions of the validation concerning the accuracy and reliability of the project plan and its conformity with the conditions of this Regulation;
(10) a declaration by the validation organization and the validator that the validation was conducted in accordance with this Regulation.
In the case of an aggregation of offset credit projects, a single validation report may be submitted by the promoter, but the report must contain the information and documents referred to in the fifth paragraph for each project, and the validation of each project.