Building an independent and third-party audited system

MiQ will create a balanced ecosystem of stakeholders to build transparency and accountability into the Certification process.

Standard Holder

The Standard Holder defines and manages all aspects of the Standard, including governance structure and technical details. They oversee the Certification programme and further development of the underlying Standards. This includes managing stakeholder consultations and incorporating feedback on the methodology and programme.

Certificate Issuing Body

The Certificate Issuing Body administers the MiQ Certification programme. The Certificate Issuing Body is designated by the Standard Holder, and supervises Certification Bodies. They also receive Certification applications from producers and manage their admission into the programme, evaluate audit reports submitted by Certification Bodies, make a final determination of eligibility, and ultimately issue MiQ Certificates.

MiQ has signed a memorandum of understanding with GCC to become the MiQ Certificate Issuing and Registry partner. GCC is currently the Central Issuer for the I-REC Standard, providing renewable energy certification for consumers around the globe.

Certification Bodies

Certification Bodies carry out the necessary audits (i.e. ex-ante validation and ex-post verification) according to the requirements defined in the MiQ Standard and its subsidiary documents, and according to the procedures defined in Procedure 1: Certification. Certification Bodies are accredited under ISO 17065: Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services by a multilaterally recognised independent accreditation agency before they can perform audits against the Standard.