Memorandum of Understanding signedTuesday 01 Mar 2016
Qualifications Wales and Ofqual have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support effective working arrangements between the two regulators. It sets out at a high level our shared commitment to work together wherever possible to deliver a workable system of regulation across England and Wales.
Qualifications Wales Chair, Ann Evans, said: “This is an important step in the development of the qualification regulatory systems in Wales and England. It will enable both regulators to fully meet the needs of their respective countries while providing a clear pathway to how we can co-operate when necessary.”
Amanda Spielman, Ofqual Chair, comments: “As regulators, it’s important we recognise the differences between our policies and work in a way that meets our own different legislative requirements. However we should also recognise the on-going benefits of working together, and that is what this MOU sets out.
“One key aim of the MOU is to ensure we manage the regulatory burden for the organisations we both regulate. By working collaboratively we can avoid unnecessary duplication, while ensuring our distinctive roles are made clear.”
The MOU was signed by Ofqual Chair Amanda Spielman, Ofqual Chief Regulator Glenys Stacey, Qualifications Wales Chair Ann Evans and Qualifications Wales Chief Executive Philip Blaker.
Qualifications Wales was created last year through the Qualifications Wales Act 2015.It now regulates non-degree qualifications and the qualifications system in Wales. It is a Welsh Government Sponsored Body, independent of government, and is accountable to the National Assembly for Wales.