Flanders rolled out a more integrated external quality assurance system, comprising an institutional review, a review trail focused on the control of the quality assurance of programmes, and accreditation of a well-defined group of programmes.
Up until 2021, the programmes provided by the university colleges and universities will be exempt from programme assessments and accreditations. This exception does not apply to the following programmes that are subject to additional external assessment and accreditation:
Existing programmes or modes of study may also apply for assessment on distinctive quality features.
Following completion of the institutional reviews, the system will undergo a thorough evaluation. In 2018, this will determine the set-up of the higher education quality assurance and accreditation system to take effect in 2020.
Higher education institutes may engage a quality assurance agency for their external assessment. VLUHR-KZ [quality assurance cell of the Flemish Council of Universities and University Colleges] convenes the assessment panels to assess programmes provided by statutory registered institutions. NVAO advises VLUHR-KZ regarding the composition of such panels.
The main documents are presented on the right side of this page.
Applications shall be submitted in accordance with the procedural requirements as set down in the Regulations Regarding Procedural Requirements (see section on related matters):
Your application will be processed after receipt of payment. NVAO may send you a request for payment (please indicate so with your application). Please transfer the amount due, stating the name, degree, and qualification of the new programme, to:
Bank: KBC Bank
Account no.: 733-0292973-63
IBAN: BE40 7330 2929 7363
In the name of: NVAO, Parkstraat 28, 2514 JK The Hague, the Netherlands
The 2018 rate for programme accreditations by NVAO will be EUR 500. There will be no charge for the assessment of a distinctive quality feature as part of the regular assessment. Separate assessments of distinctive quality features will be charged at a cost-covering rate.
Other rates apply in the event of non-standard procedures. If NVAO declares the application inadmissible, the amount paid will be refunded.