Research Into Practice
Central to the implementation of WaterVal as a national validation framework is the quality, robustness and adoption of the individual validation protocols. Through engagement and collaboration between the researchers, project partners and the Protocol Development Group, the validation protocols represent the translation of industry best practice as well as any new research findings.
To ensure a smooth transition between the research outputs and the final validation protocols, industry and regulators have agreed an implementation program, including a process for the systematic and independent review, endorsement and trialling of all protocols once finalised. A protocol template has been agreed to facilitate consistency between protocols.
Recognising the importance of continuous improvement, these validation protocols will be reviewed and updated to reflect the learning by industry and regulators as these are applied.
Additionally, it is proposed that additional protocols will be developed – based on the needs of industry and regulators using WaterVal to incorporate available knowledge, nationally and internationally, as well as further research to fill key knowledge gaps.
The Protocol Development Group is currently coordinating wider industry consultation on the protocol development. For more information on individual protocols please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.