Amalgamation of the Austrian Agencies (27. Apr. 2012)
Through the new Act on Quality Assurance in Higher Education, enforced on 1 March 2012, the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria) has been established as the single body for external quality assurance.
This new agency includes the competences and activities of the three existing organisations, namely the Österreichischer Akkreditierungsrat (Austrian Accreditation Council – ÖAR) the Fachhochschulrat (FH Council - FHR) and the Austrian Agency for Quality Assurance (AQA). According to the law AQ Austria is the legal successor of ÖAR and FHR. AQA will gradually transfer its activities until mid 2013 and therefore keep its functions until this date.