Law 3374/2005 sets out as a fundamental objective of Greek Higher Education the expectation and assurance of quality in universities and the programmes of study and qualifications they offer, in order to best meet the needs of society and the expectations society places on Institutions of Higher Education. By Quality Assurance (QA) is meant a systematic, structured and continuous commitment to quality. It calls for the establishment of an internal system of principles, criteria, and regulations, the proper functioning of which is attested by periodic procedures of internal and external assessment.
These objectives were further strengthened by the enactment of Law 4009/2011, of Accreditation at both the level of the Institution and that of the programmes of study. The awarding of Accreditation is entrusted by the State to the independent Agency for the Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency in Higher Education , upgraded under the same Law.
The aim of the HQA is the development of a unified framework of Quality Assurance teaching and research in institutions of higher education at the national and international level, with a view to the national interest but also to the further development and continuous improvement of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). In particular, the HQA has been given responsibility for the formulation, organization, completion, specialization and standardization of principles, criteria and indicators, as well as for the methodology and accreditation procedures in the above framework.