The Accreditation Act on higher education institutions was passed unanimously by the Danish Parliament on 16 May 2013 and came into force on 1 July 2013.
The Act replaces the original Accreditation Act from 2007.
The Act states that the task of accreditation will in future be based on institutional accreditation, and it establishes the framework for the accreditation of new and existing programmes and local provisions of programmes which, especially during the transitional phase, will be performed in parallel with the institutional accreditations. Finally, the act states that all applications for the establishment of new programmes and local provisions of programmes under the new accreditation system must be submitted for ministerial pre-qualification and approval prior to the accreditation procedure.
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.”