The Registry of Experts is used by the HQA mainly for setting up IQAS and Study Programme Accreditation Panels and for supporting any quality assurance process.
Τhe members of the Accreditation Panel are committed to:
- act with integrity, objectivity and confidentiality;
- thoroughly examine the information and background data submitted;
- take into account the context of the Higher Education Institution;
- follow the guidelines of HQA and adhere to the philosophy of quality assurance and continuous improvement;
- avoid conflicts of interest; the members of the Panel should inform HQA of any association with the host Institution (currently, or during the past five years) and of any scheduled engagement or affiliation, so that their impartiality may not be questioned. Associations which may cause a conflict of interest are, for example, close family relationship, professional or research collaborations with senior members of the Institution, special awards received by the Institution in question, and any other official relationship (HQA will consider each case separately);
- work closely as a team, under the guidance of the Chair of the Panel and adhere to the defined deadlines;
- take into consideration that the accreditation process is oriented to improvement, rather than just identifying areas of weakness; it must not be used as means for a potential growth of personal interests. All those who have been members of Accreditation Panels should avoid using information related to the evaluations for financial profit (e.g. by serving as consultants for Higher Education Institutions that they have reviewed), without the permission of HQA;
- base their assessments on the evidence gathered;
- mention in their final report external interferences, if any, which have hindered their work.
The Chair of the Panel is mainly the person who organises and coordinates the discussions and takes care for averting or releasing any tension that may come up during the entire review process. In addition, the Chair is responsible for the timely submission of the written report, and serves as a contact between the HQA and the Panel.