For ease of reference, the links included in this section are divided into the following category headings: HE Quality Assurance Offices - Ireland, Professional Bodies - Ireland, European, International and US Accreditation Bodies. The links featured are to awarding bodies, organisations, networks, associations etc. all of which have an interest, role or influence in quality assurance / quality improvement matters.

HE Quality Assurance Offices - Ireland

This section includes a range of links to Quality Assurance offices in universities, the DIT and the Institutes of Technology.

Professional Bodies

The following links provide information on a number of professional bodies that are involved with the recognition and / or accreditation of higher education and training programmes.  Also included are details of professional body networks operating in Ireland and abroad.


The 'European' section focuses on those organisations of particular interest and influence in a European context.  This section opens with a link to the Bologna secretariat website.


The 'International' section includes information on a number of international networks, associations and quality assurance agencies.

US Accreditation Bodies

Regional accreditation is the primary type of institutional accreditation used in the United States. It is carried out by six organisations that cover different geographic regions of the country. In addition, there are several national accrediting bodies that carry out institutional accreditation and are recognised by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the U.S. Department of Education. Links to these regional and national bodies are included here.