Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012

Review by Authority of quality assurance procedures of relevant providers.

34.— (1) The Authority shall review the effectiveness of the procedures established by a relevant provider under section 28 , and the implementation by the relevant provider of those procedures—

(a) at least once every 7 years from the issue of guidelines under section 27 (1)(a), and

(b) from time to time as the Authority thinks appropriate.

(2) A relevant provider subject to review under subsection (1) shall pay to the Authority within one month of the completion of the review such fee (if any) as may be determined by the Authority under section 80 .

(3) The Authority shall carry out a review under subsection (1) in accordance with the procedures for review established by it under section 27 (1)(b).

(4) The Authority shall consult with An tÚdarás um Ard-Oideachas in carrying out a review under subsection (1) where—

(a) that review relates to a relevant provider, and

(b) that relevant provider is an institution of higher education.

(5) The Authority shall prepare a report setting out the results of a review under subsection (1).

(6) The Authority shall provide a copy of the report prepared under subsection (5) to the relevant provider concerned and the relevant provider may, within one month from the provision of the report to it, submit in writing any observations it has on the report to the Authority.

(7) After consideration of any observations submitted to the Authority under subsection (6), the Authority may make any amendments to the report that the Authority considers appropriate.

(8) The Authority shall provide a copy of the final report to the relevant provider and shall publish the report (including the observations of the provider concerned) in such form and manner as it thinks appropriate (including on the internet).