Legal framework

Sidst opdateret: January 29, 2018

The functions and activities of the Danish Accreditation Institution are laid down in the Accreditation Act.

The new Accreditation Act came into force on 1 January 2018. The Act was passed unanimously by the Danish Parliament (the Folketing) on 30 November 2017 and includes a number of amendments concerning institutional accreditation. These changes include:

  • The validity period for a conditional positive institutional accreditation
  • The process for establishment of new programmes and provisions of programmes when institutional accreditation is ongoing
  • The regulations for the accreditation status of institutions in connection with mergers of programmes
  • The deadline for when an institution must have completed institutional accreditation

Furthermore, the maximum appointment period for students in the Accreditation Council has been extended, and the Danish Accreditation Institution is now allowed to carry out assessment tasks as earnings-related activities.

Background
The 2013 Accreditation Act on Higher Education Institutions marked a transition to institutional accreditation and laid down a process for prequalification of applications to establish new programmes and provisions of programmes. This 2013 Act still applies with amendments in 2015 and 2018.

Among other things, regarding the role and functions of the Danish Accreditation Institution, the Accreditation Act states:

“Section 2. The Danish Accreditation Institution is an academically independent authority within the state administration that performs tasks connected with the accreditation of those education institutions and programmes covered by Section 1.”

“Section 2, subsection 2. The Danish Accreditation Institution shall prepare accreditation reports for the use of the Accreditation Council when making decisions regarding the accreditation of education institutions and programmes.¬†Accreditation shall be performed in accordance with centrally-established criteria.”

Among other things, regarding the role and functions of the Danish Accreditation Council, the Accreditation Act states:

“Section 3. The Accreditation Council is an academically independent council. The Accreditation Council shall establish rules of procedure.”

“Section 3, subsection 2. The Accreditation Council shall make decisions regarding the accreditation of higher education institutions and their programmes, cf. Section 1, on the basis of accreditation reports prepared by the Danish Accreditation Institution, but cf. subsection 3.”

“Section 3, subsection 3. The Accreditation Council shall be entitled, on academic grounds or to determine the competitiveness of the Danish Accreditation Institution, to use an operator other than the Danish Accreditation Institution to prepare accreditation reports. The operator chosen shall be a member of the European Quality Assurance Register.”

Read the current accreditation legislation

Act no. 601 of 12 June 2013 (in Danish)

  • Act no. 1564 of 19 December 2017 (Adjustment of accreditation processes, exemption of certain maritime education institutions from institutional accreditation, extension of the scope of accreditation assessment powers etc. of the Danish Accreditation Institution) (in Danish)
  • Act no. 274 of 25 March 2015 (no prequalification of new programmes in connection with mergers of existing programmes) (in Danish)

Current Executive Orders

Executive Order on accreditation of higher education institutions and approval of higher education study programmes (in Danish)

Executive Order on accreditation of higher education institutions and approval of new higher education study programmes under the Ministry of Culture Denmark (in Danish)

Original Accreditation Act from 2007

Original Accreditation Act from 2007 (in Danish)