This document sets out Ofquals General Conditions of Recognition (and associated requirements) - the rules we have set for all the qualifications and organisations we regulate. It also includes our guidance on how to comply with these rules.
All regulated awarded organisations have a legal obligation to:
- comply with these rules on an ongoing basis
- have regard to this guidance
Following our joint consultation with Qualifications Wales and CCEA Regulation, we will be making a number of changes to our General Conditions of Recognition. Most of these changes will take effect on 1 October 2020.
Read our decisions to find out more about these changes
We are also currently consulting on:
- changes to General Condition A2 to reflect the UKs exit from the European Union
- guidance on publishing fee information to support the new rules that will come into force in October
- guidance on malpractice and maladministration
- Using the Ofqual Handbook How to use this handbook
- Section A - Governance Rules about governance of awarding organisations, including management of conflicts of interest, risks, incidents and malpractice
- Section B - The awarding organisation and Ofqual Rules about the relationship between awarding organisations and Ofqual, including in relation to responsible officers, reporting of information and the use of Ofqual's logo
- Section C - Third parties Rules about arrangements with third parties, including Centres and publishers
- Section D - General requirements for regulated qualifications General rules, including about qualification fitness for purpose and accessibility, and about reviewing approach, enquiries and complaints, withdrawing qualifications and information for teachers.
- Section E - Design and development of qualifications Rules about qualification design and development, including about qualification titling, qualification specifications, credit, and qualification size and level.
- Section F - Providing qualifications to purchasers Rules about providing information on qualification fees and feature, packaging qualifications with other products or services, and invoicing
- Section G - Setting and delivering the assessment Rules about setting and delivering assessments, including about the language of assessments, maintaining confidentiality of assessments, reasonable adjustments and special consideration
- Section H - From marking to issuing results Rules about marking, Centre Assessments Standards Scrutiny (including Moderation), setting specified levels of attainment and results
- Section I - Appeals and certificates Rules about appeals, complaints and the content, design and issuing of certificates
- Section J - Interpretation and definitions How to interpret our rules, including defined terms