The Commission is in the process of updating some of the content on this website in light of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. If the site contains content that does not yet reflect the withdrawal of the United Kingdom, it is unintentional and will be addressed.

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

Share this Post:

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