General Conditions of Recognition

Rules and regulations that all awarding organisations and their qualifications must meet.


General Conditions of Recognition

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This publication sets out rules which all awarding organisations must follow. It also sets out rules for all qualifications.

Some qualifications also have extra rules.

Read the associated guidance to understand how to comply with these rules.

June 2016 update

We last updated our rules in June 2016, when we introduced a new rule (Condition D9) allowing us to enforce requirements we set when a qualification’s accreditation ends.

It also includes small changes which result from the end of our role as the regulator of vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland. These changes simply reflect the change in our jurisdiction; they do not alter our requirements in any other way.