Published: 10 May 2017
External evaluation is carried out using internationally recognized WHO/WFME guidelines and Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG). Standards for Institutional and Specialized/Professional accreditation are medical education specific standards such as:
- the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME)Global Standards for Quality Improvement in Basic, Postgraduate Medical Education and CPD,
- Organisation for PhD Education in Biomedicine and Health Sciences in the European System (ORPHEUS), Association of Medical Schools in Europe (AMSE) and WFME (Master and PhD Programmes) that are in accordance with Institutional and National Health Care needs and priorities.
The ECAQA’s primarily purpose is to ensure and improve academic quality, training of health professionals as well as promoting the establishment and development of transparent national quality assurance system on health professions education through the introduction of the international principles of good practice in quality assurance (WHO/WFME,INQAAHE, ENQA).
Eurasian Сentre for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Health care (ECAQA) is recognised by the decision of the Republican Accreditation Council of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan
ECAQA is included on the National Register of Recognised Accrediting Agency (Register 1) by the Kazakhstan Ministry of Education and Science’
Register 1 includes recognised accrediting agencies according to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan Order №629, November 1, 2016 “On approval of the Rules for recognition of accrediting agencies and establishing the register of recognized accrediting agencies, accredited Higher Education Institutions and Educational Programmes” and it is available on the web-site of Kazakhstan Ministry of Education and Science.
ECAQA is included in the Directory of Organizations that Recognize/Accredit Medical Schools (DORA) of the The Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), https://www.faimer.org/resources/dora/kazakhstan.html
The Eurasian Centre for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Health Care (ECAQA) is the holder of exclusive copyright to Standards of Institutional Accreditation (Medical Education Organisations and Nursing colleges) and Standards of Specialized (Programmatic) Accreditation in Medical and Healthcare Professions Education (Dentistry, Public Health, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Technology and Industry, Nursing) for the Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, PhD Programmes, Residency (Postgraduate Specialty Training), Continuing Professional Development, Applied Bachelor's Degree Programmes and TVET.
The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan has registered and granted exclusive copyright rights to ECAQA for the Standards of Institutional and Specialized (Programmatic) Accreditation, Guides on Internal Self-evaluation and External Evaluation of the programmes at all levels of Medical and Health Professions Education in the relevant specialties. It has been confirmed by including them into the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan’ Register and issuing the Certificate of State Registration of Copyright Rights corresponding to appropriate level of Education and Specialties from November 20, 2017.
The main priorities of ECAQA are:
- support of HEIs in their capacity building process,
- introduction of the quality culture within institutions,
- provision of the educational expertise in health professions education and public health.
Thereby making a contribution towards the harmonisation and integration of national education system into the European Higher Education and Research Area.
ECAQA aims to carry out the external evaluation of HEIs and professional educational programmes and ensure that accredited HEIs meet the ESG, WFME Global Standards for Quality Improvement in Basic, Postgraduate and CME, Master and PhD programmes in Biomedicine and Health Sciences in association with ORPHEUS and AMSE.
ECAQA as a specialized accreditation agency operates on the basis of the following organisational values:
Voluntariness/Freedom – the accreditation is voluntary process and accrediting agency recognizes the freedom and autonomy of the Higher Education Institutions and their educational programmes.
Responsibility – the accreditation process clear defines the responsibility of both accrediting agency and higher education institution; accrediting agency has strong relationship with main stakeholders: the Public, Higher Education Institutions, Students, the Professions, Professional Organizations, Government; provides the Standards and Guidelines, appropriate resources of innovation and training reviewers/experts.
Transparency – internal and external evaluation are carried out fairly and transparently providing access to relevant information regarding the accreditation process and procedures, accreditation standards, guidelines for self-study, guidelines for external evaluation that are available for all stakeholders.
Independence - external evaluation, decision making process based on the published standards and procedures taking into consideration the outcomes both the institutional self-study and external review, the reliable information and data, accrediting agency is independent of the third parties.
Confidentiality – institutional self-study report’ information and other information provided by HEIs and data gained in external review are confidential.
Efficiency – external evaluation focus on content and outcomes that allowed improving internal quality assurance mechanisms, support the development of a quality culture and ensure the link between internal and external quality assurance.
Public information - the decisions on accreditation must be announced and made public, publication of the reports providing the basis for the decisions, or a summary of the reports, should also be considered and posted on the accrediting agency’s web-site.