EPAS PROCESS

The EPAS process for an initial accreditationwill typically require 2-3 years. The re-accreditation process is shorter.

Enquiry

Non-binding preliminary advice is offered to the management of your institution and programme about the likelihood of being declared eligible for EPAS. A draft datasheet is a preferred way of providing structured information about your programme(s).

Formal application for entry

An institution that wishes to enter the EPAS accreditation process sends an application form to the EPAS Office and completes a datasheet.

Pre-eligibility with advisory service

The EPAS office, upon evaluation and discussion with the institution, assigns an advisor who supports the institution during the stage leading up to the formal application for eligibility. The advisory service is compulsory for all initial applications.

Application for EPAS eligibility

The institution applies for eligibility by submitting the final datasheet to the EPAS office at the latest one month in advance of the targeted EPAS Committee meeting. The advisor submits at the same time an eligibility evaluation of the applicant programme(s).

The eligibility decision

The EPAS Committee declares applicant programme(s) eligible if the eligibility criteria are complied with.

Self-assessment

with advisory service, in the case of initial applicants

After an institution is declared eligible to enter the EPAS process, it should carry out an extensive self-evaluation. The self-assessment report should cover the five chapters of the EPAS Standards and Criteria document. In the case of initial applications, an advisor will help the institution to address any eligibility reservations and to prepare the self-assessment report prior to the peer review visit. At the end of this phase the advisor submits an assessment evaluation.

Peer review visit

An international team of four peer reviewers, including one corporate representative will then visit the institution to assess the programme(s) in terms of the EPAS standards and to draw up recommendations for future progress.

The peer review report sets out the team’s final assessment of the programme(s) against the EPAS quality criteria, together with its recommendation to the EPAS Accreditation Board regarding accreditation.

Accreditation

With the formal agreement of the institution, the peer review report is submitted to the Accreditation Board for a decision on accreditation. The outcome will be 5-year accreditation, 3-year accreditation or no accreditation.

Continuous improvement following accreditation

All institutions within the EPAS system are required to actively pursue a development plan for the accredited programme(s), agreed with the EPAS Office in the case of a 5-year accreditation or determined by the Accreditation Board in the case of a 3-year accreditation.

Re-accreditation

An institution that wishes to maintain its accreditation must enter a process of re-accreditation before expiry of the three- or five-year period.

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