Initial accreditation is the process of external evaluation of the quality of new higher education institutions and/or new study programs in order to determine whether the higher education institution meets the prescribed conditions and standards for making a recommendation on accreditation for the purpose of issuing a work permit to higher education institutions for the performance of activities and/or the execution of study programs .
Accreditation is a process of quality assurance of higher education institution or study program, based on a self-evaluation of the higher education institution and assessment by independent experts, with the aim of recognizing and improving the quality of higher education within the European Higher Education Area.
Accreditation has three phases:
- self-evaluation by the higher education institutio
- external evaluation by the panel of experts
- making decision on accreditation
The relevant documents for accreditation in the area of higher education in Republic of Srpska and Bosnia and Herzegovina are "Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area" (ESG), adopted in 2015 by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and BiH criteria in the area of quality assurance.