Devolved authority and auditing

Quality auditing is the method we use to determine whether a centre is ready to assume devolved responsibility for processes within the quality assurance system. Further information is available in SQA's Devolved Authority and Quality Audits: guidance for centres.

We have been auditing centres since 1993, the outcome of a successful audit means centres can then assume responsibility for one or more of the devolved processes. Initially a Quality Enhancement Manager (QEM) would review a centre's systems and processes to determine whether these are sufficiently robust to support the devolution of responsibility for aspects of quality assurance. A QEM would then regularly review the output of the centre's devolved status agreement through its audit and/or monitoring visit processes.