Original publish date – Mon, 09 Mar 2009 10:25:33 +0000, Keith

We wrote recently that some verification agencies have been accredited and some not yet. We wondered if this will cause a rift amongst those verification agencies who are accredited and those who are not.

Well, ABVA have issued a letter to their members confirming that they will hang their members out to dry if they do not get accredited, or at least get a pre-assessment letter by 30 June 2009.

The letter from ABVA states that the dti has reached a position which will be communicated to the marketplace shortly.

This letter has already caused a stir in the marketplace.

Our position has always been to follow the codes – to date accreditation has been encouraged, but is not mandatory. As at today the BEE codes and verification guidelines still allow for both self-rating and independent rating.

We await with interest the dti’s response and whether it will corroborate the ABVA statement.