INSPECTION AND ACCREDITATION
BAC’s procedures for inspection and accreditation are designed in consultation with professional experts, approved by the Accreditation Committee, tested and piloted with institutions, and regularly reviewed for effectiveness, fairness and consistency. The procedures are published in a transparent and accessible format in the Accreditation Handbook.
Feedback is sought on all inspections carried out by BAC. Institutions submit a feedback report on the overall experience of the inspection. Individual inspectors submit a feedback report confirming the proper fulfilment of procedures. These reports are analysed by Head Office, considered by the Chief Inspector, and an overview presented to the Accreditation Committee.
BAC inspectors are trained in a systematic process which includes induction, regular updating, and monitoring of inspections. They are consulted on the development of inspection procedures, receive updates from the Chief Inspector, and are required to participate in an annual training event.
The Chief Inspector attends meetings of the Accreditation Committee and reports regularly on the inspection process and its operation. The Accreditation Committee ensures consistency and a balanced judgement on the outcomes of inspections. The committee regularly reviews the efficiency and effectiveness of the inspection procedures.
BAC operates a strict conflict of interest policy which applies to members of its Council and committees and to all inspectors. Inspectors are required to make an annual declaration of interest to ensure that there is no involvement with institutions for which they have a responsibility.