Verification Scheme

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Verification schemes ensure Safety and Environmental Critical Elements (SECEs) are, and will remain, compliant with performance standards through each phase of the installation's lifecycle.  The scheme provides additional confidence, independent of the duty holder's assurance process, that the parts of the installation deemed to be safety critical, are suitable, or actions necessary to support their suitability are identified. 

In simple terms, it is the back-up to the assurance scheme.  It requires an Independent and Competent Person (ICP) to check that the SECEs are present and functional.