What does ''in an independent manner'' mean?

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Different Member States are interpreting the definition of "in an independent manner" in various ways.

Some Member States are defining this requirement as requiring building certification and/or plant inspection to be undertaken by a person who is entirely independent of the building owner or occupier.

An alternative approach being adopted in some Member States allows "self-certification" by an accredited expert directly employed by the building owner or occupant. 

In most cases self-certification is being linked to a government endorsed quality assurance accreditation framework so as to ensure that self-certification is only undertaken by suitably qualified "competent persons".

Author:  David STRONG (BRE)
Date:   22/03/06