Innopharma application to QQI for Initial Access to Validation
QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) is an independent State agency responsible for promoting quality and accountability in education and training services in Ireland. The role of QQI is to promote, maintain and develop the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), a 10-level framework for the development, recognition and awarding of qualifications in Ireland.
Providers without an existing relationship with QQI who wish to offer QQI approved programme must first apply for initial access to validation. In December 2019 a submission was made for this initial validation by Innopharma which would allow us to become an education provider of QQI approved programmes.
What does the application to QQI involve?
To submit an application to QQI, Innopharma have developed it’s own Quality Assurance Handbook along with a handbook of supporting policies and procedures. The application involved completing a gap analysis or our Quality policies & procedures against the QQI requirements. Our experience of developing and delivering programmes with our collaborative partners TUD, Tallaght Campus and Griffith College Dublin have provided us with years of experience working and complying with their quality policies and procedures which we will continue to do into the future.
Next steps with our application is to facilitate a panel review, which is expected in early March. QQI will appoint the panel of reviewers who will conduct an audit of our policies and procedures and make a determination on whether or not we meet the required standard to become a QQI provider of education.
If you would like further information on this topic please don’t hesitate to reach out to Finbarr Sheehy, Orla Callan or Sandra Mooney
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