22 July 2016: The Minister of Environmental Affairs has signed into law regulations pertaining to the appointment of registration authorities that will be responsible for the registration of environmental assessment practitioners.
On 29 July 2016 the Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (EAPASA) submitted an application to be appointed by the Minister as a Registration Authority.
Environmental Assessment Practitioners (EAPs) may submit applications to be registered only once the Registration Authority is formally appointed.
According to Section 24H of the National Environmental Management Act (107 of 1998) this means that “No person other than a registered environmental assessment practitioner, may hold primary responsibility for the planning, management, coordination or review of environmental impact assessments and associated EMPrs.” The requirement to register applies to officials reviewing and consultants in private practice.
The minister will require that EAPs currently undertaking or reviewing Environmental Impact Assessments to be registered within two years of the appointment of the Registration Authority.
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Some key milestones:
- EAPASA established in 2012 with a Constitution and Rule Book
- A Transformation Charter is in place
- EAPASA is registered as a Non- Profit Organisation
- An online application system has been developed to accept applications
- A Panel of External Assessors has been established (still to receive training on the RPL method of assessing)
- A Registrar and Secretariat are appointed
- An accountant is appointed
- Standard Operating Procedures for effective operations are developed
- Committees are established
- An Application Guideline Manual is available for applicants