NVAO (the Netherlands and Flanders)
In the Netherlands, the tasks of NVAO are based on the Law regarding Higher Education and Research which, in short, comes down to: the accreditation of higher education programmes that are already offered in the Netherlands, initial accreditation of new programmes and giving advise on other matters concerning higher education policies.
In Flanders, the operation of NVAO is established by the Law regarding the Higher Education Structure. This provides the legal basis for an international treaty that appoints the body that grants accreditations and carries out initial accreditation procedures. It stipulates that bachelor and master’s programmes can only be offered if they have been (initially) accredited and if they are offered by recognised institutions.
|Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie (NVAO)|
|Law regarding Higher Education and Research (the Netherlands) (ov)|
|Law regarding the Higher Education Structure (Flanders) (ov)|