Netherlands - Risk based inspection

In the Netherlands inspection are based on the level of risk. Under the legislation institutions which perform well ‘earn’ the right to receive less supervision, whereas inspection is intensified at institutions where there are deficiencies in quality

In the VET system in the Netherlands, education institutions are primarily responsible for quality assurance. As part of the national quality assurance system VET providers are monitored through a national inspection system, organised by the Ministry of Education.

The current monitoring and inspection system has been in place since 1 January 2008 and is risk-based. The inspectorate draws up an annual inspection schedule which focuses on potential risks, which may be of an educational or financial nature. If no risks are detected, an individual institution is assigned a basic inspection status, which means the inspectorate does not consider any further studies into the quality of education. However, if the inspectors identify one or more risks, documents and data from the institution are examined more in depth.

All institutions – including those that perform well – are visited at least once a year. The inspectors discuss in their visit the results of the risk-analysis with the board of the institution. Reports of inspections are published on the inspectorate’s website.

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