Normative Framework

The procedures for the assessment and accreditation of higher education institutions and their study programmes comply with the following normative framework:

A3ES Regulation 869/2010, published in the DR, 2nd series, 2nd December, 2010, which approves the regime governing the organisation and functioning of the Appeals Council, and also the regime governing procedures for review of decisions relating to assessment and accreditation of higher education institutions and their study programmes.

A3ES Decision 158/2015, published in the DR, 2nd series, 6th February, 2015 which establishes the special procedure for accreditation renewal for study cycles with previous accreditation or non-aligned with the regular accreditation cycle.

A3ES Decision 2392/2013, published in the DR, 2nd series, 26th December, 2013, which defines the when modifying elements characterizing a study cycle implies modifying the objectives of the latter.

A3ES Decision 1019/2013, published in the DR, 2nd series, 3rd May, 2013, which establishes the deadlines for the submission of requests for prior accreditation of new study programmes and of self-assessment reports of study programmes in operation.

A3ES Decision 808/2010, published in the DR, 2nd series, 3rd May, 2013, which establishes the fees for the submission of an appeal to the Appeals Council.

A3ES Resolution 53/2012, published in the DR, 2nd series, 19th December, 2012, which establishes the effects of the non-accreditation of study programmes in operation.

The above mentioned normative framework is delimited by a set of legal diplomas, including:

  • Law 38/2007, 16th August, which defines the general principles to be adopted in the procedures of quality assurance of higher education.
  • Decree-Law 74/2006, 24th March, amended by Decree-Law 107/208, 25th June, which establishes the conditions for accreditation of study programmes.
  • Law 62/2007, 10th September, which establishes the legal regime of institutions higher education institutions and contains norms relating to its teaching staff.
  • Decree-Law 369/2007, 5th November, which creates the A3ES and approves its statutes.