The self-accreditation status entitles a higher education provider (HEP) to accredit its programmes except for programmes that require accreditation and recognition of the relevant professional body. The legal provisions for the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) to implement self-accreditation are provided for in the Malaysian Qualifications Agency Act 2007 (Act 679).
Chapter 4 of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency Act 2007 contains provisions for self-accrediting higher education providers:
Section 61 provides for the application of self-accreditation status upon an invitation of the Honourable Minister and for MQA to conduct an institutional audit before the self-accreditation status is granted.
Section 62 describes that a self-accrediting HEP may apply to register accredited programmes in the Malaysian Qualifications Register (MQR).
Section 63 explains the certificate of self-accreditation and programme accreditation.
Section 64 is on the revocation of self-accreditation status or cancellation of registration of programmes.
MQA has published the Code of Practice for Institutional Audit (COPIA) as a guide to institutional audits in general as well as for the purpose awarding the self-accreditation status.
Section 2 of the COPIA outlines the standards and criteria used to evaluate (audit) an institution based on the nine areas of evaluation for quality assurance. For the award of self-accreditation status, an important criterion is the existence of a robust internal quality assurance system in the HEP.
Self-Accreditation Mark During the conferment ceremony of the certificate of self-accreditation status on 20 March 2017, MQA has introduced its official self-accreditation mark for the purpose of easy recognition, promotion and public reference.