Accreditation in Denmark

Sidst opdateret: May 8, 2018

The accreditation system helps to create a more coherent and transparent education market in Denmark for the benefit of students, the labour market and education institutions.

Accreditation is a method for creating external quality assurance.

The new Danish Accreditation Act came into force on 1 July 2013.

Institutional accreditation

The new Accreditation Act marks the transition to institutional accreditation. Institutional accreditation enables institutions to establish a system that best strengthens and develops the quality and relevance of all their programmes. It involves an assessment of the institution’s overall quality assurance system by the Danish Accreditation Institution.

Every effort will be made to ensure a rapid, flexible transition from programme accreditation to institutional accreditation, which will be phased in over the course of four years from the time that the first institutional accreditations are initiated in the autumn of 2013.

Programme accreditation

Accreditation involves deciding whether the relevance and quality of a programme comply with centrally-established criteria.

This means that accreditation ensures high programme quality and that external accreditation is performed on a uniform, comparable basis.

All new programmes must be approved by the Ministry before they can be established and depending on the accreditation  status of the higher educational institution in question, an accreditation might be necessary as well in order to establish a new programme.

In addition, there will continue to be a smaller number of accreditations of existing programmes at universities, university colleges, academies of professional higher education and art and maritime education institutions during a transitional period.

More on accreditation in Denmark

There are concrete descriptions of the accreditation process and the quality criteria it is based on under the “Guides” menu.