The verification body must assume full responsibility for verification services performed by subcontractor verifiers or verification bodies.
A verification body shall not use subcontractors to meet the minimum staff total or lead verifier requirements as specified in section 95132(b)(1)(A)1. and section 95132(b)(1)(A)2.
A verification body or verifier acting as a subcontractor to another verification body shall not further subcontract or outsource verification services for an operator.
A verification body that engages a subcontractor shall be responsible for demonstrating an acceptable level of conflict of interest, as provided in section 95133, between its subcontractor and the operator for which it will provide verification services.
NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 39600, 39601, 41511, 38510, and 38530, Health and Safety Code. Reference: Sections 39600, 41511, and 38530, Health and Safety Code.
§ 95133. Conflict of Interest Requirements for Verification Bodies.
(a) The conflict of interest provisions of this section shall apply to verification bodies, lead verifiers, and verifiers accredited by ARB to perform verification services.
The potential for a conflict of interest shall be deemed to be high where:
The verification body and operator share any management staff or board of directors membership, or any of the management staff of the operator have been employed by the verification body, or vice versa, within the previous three years; or
Within the previous three years, any staff member of the verification body or any related entity has provided to the operator any of the following non- verification services:
Designing, developing, implementing, or maintaining an inventory or information or data management system for facility greenhouse gases, or, where applicable, electricity transactions;
Developing greenhouse gas emission factors or other greenhouse gas- related engineering analysis;
Designing energy efficiency, renewable power, or other projects which explicitly identify greenhouse gas reductions as a benefit;
Preparing or producing greenhouse gas-related manuals, handbooks, or procedures specifically for the reporting facility;
Appraisal services of carbon or greenhouse gas liabilities or assets;
Brokering in, advising on, or assisting in any way in carbon or greenhouse gas-related markets;
Managing any health, environment or safety functions;