Education Standards

Our new Education Standards came into force from 1st September 2017 replacing  the 2010 Degree Recognition Criteria.  


We have also developed a guide for education providers in the form of a Quality Assurance Handbook.  This handbook provides a step by step guide to our degree approval process and will allow existing and potential providers of chiropractic degrees to ensure that they are able to develop and administer programmes that meet our standards.


Development of the Education Standards

In October 2015, we began to review our Degree Recognition Criteria and the associated quality assurance system.  A number of factors were considered as part of the review. These included:

  • The development of the 2016 Code and changes that would need to be made as a result, as well as the other ongoing changes within the educational and healthcare environment.
  • The impact of current and forthcoming legislation relevant to healthcare regulation.
  • Key underlying principles of the need for fairness, equality and consistency.
  • The  International Framework for chiropractic education and accreditation from the Councils on Chiropractic Education International (CCEI) 
  • New and emerging technologies and their effect on higher education provision (e.g. mass open online courses – MOOCs) 
  • Consideration of the other healthcare regulators’ models of accreditation or recognition and quality assurance systems for bench-marking our processes against the wider sector.
  • The on-going work on quality standards within Higher Education. 
  • The overall style, structure and format of the Degree Recognition Criteria document.