The QA policy and procedures for Institutions of Higher Education, as for their academic units (Faculties, Schools, etc.), are assessed and accredited periodically - both internally, with responsibility borne by the QAU, and externally, with responsibility borne by the independent Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (HQA).
According to Law 4009/2011 requirements, criteria (quality of Programmes of Study, of Teaching, Research, and Other Services) and the procedures for Internal and External Evaluation and Accreditation of the internal quality assurance system of Institutions of Higher Education are analyzed and elaborated with specific directions and instructions which are made public by the HQA.The accreditation process consists of four phases:
- Phase 1 – Design and development of the Internal QA System of the Institution.
- Phase 2 – Self-evaluation of the Institution and of its QA System.
- Phase 3 – External evaluation of the Institution and of its QA System by a panel of independent external experts.
- Phase 4 – Issuance of the Accreditation decision by the Council of the HQA.