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EU MRV IT System Certification

Our certification service is addressed to ICT providers that developed systems and solutions to assist shipping companies in complying with the EU MRV Regulation. VERIFAVIA certifies EU MRV systems against the requirements of the Regulation in terms of processes and functionalities.


The benefit of an EU MRV IT system independently certified by VERIFAVIA is to provide assurance to customers and third parties that the system strictly complies with the requirements of the EU MRV Regulation. 
    

Our  ICT Partners


VERIFAVIA is the global market leader for the independent certification of IT systems and MRV solutions against the requirements of the EU MRV Regulation.
 

Certified Systems

 

Systems under certification

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The Certification Process


The Certification is conducted in coherence with the requirements of the ISO 17065 standard.

Application & Engagement


The Application Form is completed by the Applicant and sent to VERIFAVIA. The Application Form must contain sufficient information to clearly identify the scope of the required certification, to estimate the workload required to complete the certification process, so that VERIFAVIA can prepare a quotation and a timeline. 

Once the scope, quotation and timeline have been agreed between VERIFAVIA and the Applicant, a letter of engagement together with a confidentiality agreement shall be signed. Afterwards, the Applicant sends to VERIFAVIA all relevant documentation to allow for the initial review of the IT system against the requirements of the EU MRV Regulation and the Delegated and Implementing Acts
 

Initial Review


The following activities are performed during the initial review (depending on the documents provided by the ICT provider):
 
  • Review of technical documentation: technical specifications, user guide, test reports, etc. (depending on the documents available at the time of the certification)
  • Check that the development of the system and implementation of (version) controls are performed in accordance with the quality management system and that accurate records of updates and corrective actions are available.
  • Check the protection settings for the software (roles management, data encryption, protection against threats, etc.)

Evaluation & Testing


The tasks to be undertaken include:
 
  • Testing of the system and its performances against monitoring and reporting requirements of the EU MRV using case studies (fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, transport work, distance travelled, time at sea, aggregation of EU MRV voyages and data into annual report, etc.). The data for the case studies could either be provided by VERIFAVIA or by the Applicant.
  • Check that the IT system contains provisions to handle various cargo parameters for various ship types (depending on the ship types for which the EU MRV certification is sought).
  • Review of records of implemented controls for the development and maintenance of the system (test reports, version control, maintenance / updates plans, etc.)
Case studies for inspection and testing are representative of the entire range of specifications for which the EU MRV IT system will be certified.
 

Independent Review & Compliance Certificate Delivery

The overall conformity assessment process is reviewed by an independent expert from VERIFAVIA who has not been involved in the previous steps. The independent expert will conclude on the conformity of the IT system against the requirements of the EU MRV Regulation.


An EU MRV Certificate including a description of the scope of the certification is provided to the Applicant. The Certificate is subject to strict terms and conditions specified by VERIFAVIA.
 

Surveillance & Changes


Following the delivery of the Certificate of compliance, periodic surveillance shall be implemented in order to confirm the ongoing validity of the successful fulfilment of the testing and evaluation requirements for the EU MRV IT system. Significant changes in the IT system must be notified to VERIFAVIA who will state on the necessity of a partial re-certification.
 

Regulations & Criteria


VERIFAVIA conducts the EU MRV IT System Certification according to the following regulations and criteria:
 
  • ISO 17065 Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services
  • ISO 25051:2014 Software engineering – Systems and software Quality Requirements and Evaluation (SQuaRE)  – Requirements for quality of Ready to Use Software Product (RUSP) and instructions for testing
  • ISO 14065:2013 Greenhouse gases – Requirements for greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies for use in accreditation or other forms of recognition
  • Regulation 2015/757 on the monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport ('EU MRV Regulation') amended by the Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/2071 as regards the methods for monitoring carbon dioxide emissions and the rules for monitoring other relevant information
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1928 on determination of cargo carried for categories of ships other than passenger, ro-ro and container ships pursuant to EU MRV Regulation
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1927 on templates for monitoring plans, emissions reports and documents of compliance pursuant to the EU MRV Regulation
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/2072 on the verification activities and accreditation of verifiers pursuant to the EU MRV Regulation
Verifavia has been involved since the beginning in the Commission's group of experts on MRV where details of the technical implementation of the EU MRV Regulation (and associated Delegated and Implementing Acts) have been discussed. Therefore, VERIFAVIA is informed early about expected developments and adjustments.

Verifavia's CEO is also the Task Leader of the European Commission's Task Force responsible for drafting the guidance document on the verification of the emissions report.

Important note: the use of an EU MRV system certified by Verifavia does not imply that the verification would be simpler, easier, faster or less expensive if Verifavia or any other verification body is used for the verification of the carbon emissions report of the user.
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