Our regulatory policies outline how we carry out our regulatory roles and activities in accordance with our legislative powers.

All of these policies apply generally across qualifications and the qualifications system in Wales. For a full list of all our policies, please see our Regulatory Documents List.


Taking Action When Things Go Wrong
This is for recognised awarding bodies and for members of the public to enable them to understand how we might use our enforcement and sanctions powers.

Fee Capping Policy
The Fee Capping Policy explains the circumstances under which we may impose a limit on the amount an awarding body may charge in connection with the award of publicly funded qualifications.

Reviews and Consultations

Consultation Policy
This policy statement explains under which circumstances and in which manner we propose to carry out consultations.

Policy Statement on Conducting Reviews of Qualifications and the Qualifications System
This policy statement explains how we review the activities of recognised awarding bodies and their compliance with our regulatory requirements, as well as how we review the wider qualifications system.

Recognition and approval

Recognition Policy
The Recognition Policy explains our requirements for the recognition of awarding bodies, why we make criteria and rules for the recognition of awarding bodies and the circumstances in which recognition may be surrendered or withdrawn.

Designation Policy
This policy explains how we exercise our functions in relation to the designation of qualifications. Where an awarding body recognised by us wants one of its qualifications to be eligible for use on certain publicly-funded courses, the awarding body will normally apply to us for the qualification to be designated.

Priority Qualifications List Policy
The Priority Qualifications List policy sets out our approach to the approval of qualifications for awarding in Wales.

Restricted Priority Qualifications Policy
The Restricted Priority Qualifications Policy outlines the rationale and processes for the restriction of priority qualifications.

Regulatory Welsh-Medium and Bilingual Qualifications Policy
This policy explains our overall approach to the provision of Welsh-medium and bilingual qualifications by recognised awarding bodies.

Complaints, reporting, appeals and incidents

Complaints About Awarding Bodies
This applies to anyone who wishes to complain about a recognised awarding body or about one or more regulated qualifications offered by such an awarding body. 

Interim Regulatory Whistleblowing Policy
The aim of the policy is to provide clarity on who can be classed as a whistleblower; to provide clarity on the type of disclosures we can, and cannot, consider; and to outline the process we will follow when handling whistleblower disclosures.

Regulatory Appeals Policy
This applies to anyone who has been affected by a regulatory decision made by Qualifications Wales and wishes to appeal that decision.

Regulatory Incident Management Policy
The policy outlines our internal processes for managing regulatory incidents. This procedure is for anyone who wishes to notify us of a regulatory incident so that they are clear on the procedure in place to manage this process.