What is validation?
Validation is defined in 3/CMP.1, Annex, paragraph 35 as follows:
Validation is the process of independent evaluation of a project activity by a designated operational entity against the requirements of the CDM as set out in decision 17/CP.7, the present annex and relevant decisions of the COP/MOP, on the basis of the project design document, as outlined in appendix B below (3/CMP.1, Annex, paragraph 35).
Validation for a Programme of Activities (PoA) is the confirmation by a designated operational entity (DOE) that the PoA meets all the requirements for registration of PoAs. The validation process is set out in EB 55, Annex 38.
In summary, the DOE is required to review and validate all project documents against the general validation criteria for CDM project activities, as well as the specific validation criteria for PoAs.
The coordinating/managing entity (CME) must prepare the project documentation and provide it to the DOE for validation. The DOE will check the provisions of the project documentation against the validation requirements.