Accreditation Panel (CDM-AP)

The CDM Accreditation Panel was established to support the Executive Board in the accreditation of designated operational entities and related functions. The CDM Accreditation Panel makes recommendations to the Executive Board regarding the following matters, set out in EB 3, Annex 1, paragraph 4:

In accordance with the draft detailed procedures to operationalize the accreditation of operational entities (hereafter "detailed accreditation procedures"1), the CDM accreditation panel (CDM-AP) shall make recommendations to the executive board regarding:

  1. The accreditation of an applicant operational entity (AOE);
  2. The suspension of accreditation of a designated operational entity (DOE);
  3. The withdrawal of accreditation of a designated operational entity;
  4. The re-accreditation of a designated operational entity (EB 3, Annex 1, paragraph 4).

The CDM Accreditation Panel operates under the guidance of the Executive Board. It is a standing panel of the accreditation process and its mandate may be revised or terminated by the CDM Executive Board if necessary (EB 3, Annex 1, paragraph 7).

Role of the CDM Accreditation Panel

In order to fulfil the functions set out above, the CDM Accreditation Panel undertakes the following activities, described in EB 3, Annex 1, paragraph 5:

The tasks identified in the paragraph above imply that, inter alia, the following activities are to be carried out by the CDM-AP:

  1. Selecting the members of a CDM accreditation assessment team (CDM-AT) as and when required;
  2. Identifying and defining key areas or issues to be addressed by a CDM-AT;
  3. Receiving and considering recommendations by a CDM-AT with regard to an application of an applicant entity;
  4. Determining whether to recommend to the executive board the suspension of accreditation of a designated operational entity;
  5. Determining the need of witnessing procedures in cases where no suspension was agreed to by the executive board;
  6. Determining whether, in the case of re-accreditation, the need for an on-site visit and witnessing of the designated operational entity is required;
  7. Deciding, based on a recommendation by a CDM-AT, on the inclusion of an applicant operational entity in the publicly available list of applicant operational entities that meet organizational and operational requirements but which have not yet been assessed against those requirements related to performing validation and/or verification and certification activities;
  8. Making recommendations to the executive board on above issues, as applicable (EB 3, Annex, 1, paragraph 5).

The role of the CDM Accreditation Panel in the DOE accreditation process is shown in the diagram below:

Meetings of the CDM Accreditation Panel may be held electronically or in person. The dates and mode of panel meetings are determined by the Chair and Vice-Chair, bearing in mind the resources available (EB 3, Annex 1, paragraph 8).


The CDM Accreditation Panel comprises a Chair, a Vice Chair and five additional members (EB 3, Annex 1, paragraph 12). The members are selected from a list of experts that have applied in response to a request for applications posted on the UNFCCC CDM website by the secretariat. In selecting the CDM Accreditation Panel, the CDM Executive Board must consider regional balance (EB 3, Annex 1, paragraph 13).

Panel members are designated to serve on the CDM Accreditation Panel for one and a half years, and may be redesignated once only (EB 3, Annex 1, paragraph 9).

Panel members attending meetings are paid travel costs and a daily subsistence allowance in accordance with UN rules and regulations (EB 3, Annex 1, paragraph 14). Panel members receive no other fees.


In order to be eligible to serve on the CDM Accreditation Panel, a panel member must meet the following competence requirements, set out in EB 3, Annex 1, paragraph 10:

  1. Have demonstrated relevant working experience of at least five (5) years at managerial/decision making level in a national, regional or international accreditation body;
  2. Be able to communicate fluently, both in writing and orally, in English. Working knowledge of other UN languages desirable;
  3. Have excellent drafting skills, strong operational and analytical skills, and the ability to work as a member of a team;
  4. Have advance university degree in economics, environmental studies, natural sciences, engineering, development studies, or any related discipline (EB 3, Annex 1, paragraph 10).

Members must also commit in writing to comply with the CDM modalities and procedures and the Executive Board rules, particularly in relation to confidentiality and independence (EB 3, Annex 1, paragraph 11).

Related Topics

Accreditation and designation of DOEs

Designated operational entity (DOE)

Assessment Team (CDM-AT)

UNFCCC Secretariat