The roles and proceedings of the Committee are guided by the agreed Term of Reference (TOR) of which, inter alia, outlined it functions as follows:
to discuss and agree on the elements that may involve in the referencing exercise, including and not limited to its underlying principles, key features, and structure;
to discuss and agree on the schedule of MyAQRF meetings, to complete the referencing exercise and duties required for AQRF implementation in Malaysia;
to discuss and agree on any information and issues raised by the AQRF Committee;
to discuss and agree on the policy required for the implementation of AQRF in Malaysia;
to prepare reports and update the progress of the exercise, as required, for the AQRF Committee and ASEAN Secretariat.
The TOR also provides a provision that the Committee may form a working group to carry out the referencing exercise should there be any need. MQA acts as the Chair and the Secretariat of the Committee.