Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (238)

Marc MacSharry

Question:

238. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Education and Skills whether no professional accountancy body has been recognised under the national framework since November 2012. [16636/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) is the statutory body with responsibility for developing, promoting and maintaining the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

QQI has been unable to progress applications for the inclusion of awards made by professional accountancy bodies within the NFQ due to an issue concerning the extent of QQI's powers under the Quality Assurance and Qualifications (Education and Training) Act 2012.

This issue is being addressed by provisions which are contained in the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 which is currently before Seanad Éireann