International Association for Impact Assessment
The International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) defines EIA as 'The process of identifying, predicting, evaluating and mitigating the biophysical, social, and other relevant effects of development proposals prior to major decisions being taken and commitments made.'
‘Enforcement authorities’ means the relevant competent authorities as identified by the Member States to detect, prevent and investigate breaches of applicable legal requirements relating to the environment and, where required, take enforcement action.
‘Accreditation Body’ means a national accreditation body appointed pursuant to Article 4 of Regulation (EC)No 765/2008 which is responsible for the accreditation and supervision of environmental verifiers.
‘Licensing Body’ means a body appointed in accordance with Article 5(2) of Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 which is responsible for issuing licences to, and for supervising, environmental verifiers.