The Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (EAPASA) was established in 2012 as an altruistic and philanthropic institution of a public character.  It exists to promote, on a non-profit basis, the advancement of the practice and quality of environmental assessment in South Africa in the public interest, in the interest of the environment and in terms of relevant legislation.  If appointed as the Registration Authority EAPASA would register environmental assessment practitioners (EAPs) against a set of core competencies using the "Recognition of Prior Learning" principles. EAPASA is set up to register EAPs in South Africa as per the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) 24H Regulations.  
 
 
Purpose of EAPASA:
The purpose of EAPASA is to promote public interest through the improvement of the quality of environmental assessment practice in South Africa. This is undertaken by establishing, promoting, and maintaining the registration of Environmental Assessment Practitioners (EAPs) in South Africa in terms of Section 24H of the National Environmental Management Act (107 of 1998). In order to fully achieve the above, EAPASA will need to be appointed as the Registration Authority in order to ensure a regulated, consistent, and improved standard of environmental impact assessment.
 
 
The Objectives of EAPASA are:
1) To provide relevant authorities, development proponents and the public in general with quality assurance regarding EAPs by:
  • Establishing criteria (education, professional experience, competency and continued professional development requirements) and procedures for registration and sanction of EAPs;
  • Upholding a defined Code of Ethical Conduct and Practice and acting in the best interest of the environment, sustainable development and the public good; and
  •  Establishing disciplinary procedures and sanction mechanisms.
2) To promote continued professional development for EAPs in South Africa;
 
3) To promote the transformation of EA practice through the empowerment of black and female professionals; and
 
4) To promote awareness of the purpose and practice of environmental assessment in South Africa.