Adaptations to re-accreditation visits due to COVID-19 pandemic (posted 18 November 2020)

COVID-19 consequences

The current novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic impacts the work and daily life of everyone involved in higher education at the moment. We are ready to support our members in the challenges they are currently facing where we can.

Reassurance is offered to ECCE members that compliance to the constitution will not be jeopardised by the suspension or adaption of their regular external quality assurance activities.

We are continuing to coordinate reaccreditations of programmes and programmes that are currently undergoing reaccreditation have been contacted in order to adapt the timelines where necessary, particularly in relation to the postponement of site visits.

The postponement of reaccreditation processes or transfer to online reaccreditations in this situation is fully permissible under the constitution and ECCE encourages its members to offer flexibility for higher education institutions in this regard.

Questions about accredited programmes operations

ECCE accredited programmes are currently facing the challenge to continue their operations under “lock-down conditions” and with activities of most higher education institutions in Europe and South Africa suspended or moved partially online. We wish to encourage accredited programmes to respond flexibly to the situation. ECCE wishes to assure programmes that your accreditation  will not be jeopardised resulting from any suspension or adaptation of your activities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We believe that the guiding principle should be to best support higher education institutions to master the extraordinary challenges they are currently facing and to sustain quality of their education provision through these times. In the following, we provide answers to specific questions as to the compliance with the Standards and ECCE accreditation:

How should we handle the ECCE requirement to have site visits?

A site visit to the institution/programme under review is normally required in an ECCE-compliant external quality assurance process. In the current situation and during the time where site visits cannot actually be organised, it is perfectly acceptable to replace site visits by video conferences or other appropriate formats, to be determined by ECCE. Alternatively, site visits could be postponed to a later time if that is possible.

Can we prolong accreditation/validity periods?

If ECCE concludes that the best approach to the current situation is to extend the validity periods of accreditations to expire shortly (e.g. in order to postpone site visits and re-accreditation decisions), this will be considered reasonable and acceptable. If such decisions are taken, please remember to update the affected records in the AMoR in order to avoid any uncertainty

What happens if meetings, trainings or other activities are postponed or moved online?

If meetings are postponed to be held in physical form later, such a delay would not be held against an institution/programme. While trainings for experts are usually physical meetings, it is perfectly acceptable to replace those by virtual arrangements if needed under current conditions.

Do we need to make a substantive change report if we adapt our activities?

We do not expect a substantive change report for temporary adaptations of your external quality assurance activities that are a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. We do however recommend that you document any such changes so that they can be explained in a future reaccreditation of the programme, if necessary. If you make permanent adaptations beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, please report them as usual.

NEWS

A message from the Executive    15 September 2020

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the administration of ECCE is business as usual without interruption. We have switched physical team meetings to virtual meetings.  The Annual Council in November 2020 will be held on a virtual platform. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Executive Secretary via    info@cce-europe.org

Very best wishes to you all.  Stay safe.

ECCE and AAQ joint evaluation at the University of Zurich - posted 25.06.2020

ECCE is pleased to announce that we will be taking part jointly with the AAQ (Schweizerische Agentur für Akkreditierung und Qualitätssicherung) for the accreditation of the “Study Program Chiropractic” at the University of Zurich (UZH) according to Swiss law.  The accreditation visit will take place in October 2020.

Extension of accreditation (posted 11 March 2020) - 11.03.2020 17:24

The ECCE have postponed the evaluation visits to Barcelona College of Chiropractic and the University of South Wales (WIOC) scheduled for March 2020 due to travel concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

We can confirm that the ECCE accreditation for the programmes at BCC and WIOC will be extended until the rescheduled visits have taken place and reaccreditation decisions are reached and communicated which should be before the end of May 2021.

(original post 11 March 2020,  updated 18 November 2020)

 

McTimoney College of Chiropractic Evaluation Result 2019 - 20.12.2019 13:50

ECCE is delighted to announce that the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Committee, at its meeting on 30 November 2019, decided to re-accredit the chiropractic programme at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic for the maximum period of 8 years. Congratulations to all at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic.