The VPA made provision for the establishment of an agency that will be responsible for safeguarding the principles of independence, transparency and credibility in the implementation of the LAS. In line with the functional philosophy and integrity requirements espoused by the VPA, the Timber Validation Department (TVD) has been established as a department under the Forestry Commission to perform the following functions:
(i) Auditor in the operations of actors in the forestry sector. In this respect it will check on the status of implementation of regulatory function as prescribed by law and contained in the definition of legality framework. The TVD will use the verification procedures and protocols consistent with the definition of legality and as the audit framework to guide the discharge of its verification functions;
(ii) Reconciliation of datasets generated through field operations within the sector for the purpose of enabling the issuance system based licences.