Legal framework

Legal framework

The Quality Assurance Framework Act (QSRG) entered into force on 29 July 2011, establishing a common legal framework for external quality assurance at public universities, universities of applied sciences (FH) and private universities.

The Act contains amongst others a new Act on Quality Assurance in Higher Education (HS-QSG) as well as a comprehensive amendment of the University of Applied Sciences Studies Act (FHStG), the Private Universities Act (PUG), amendments of the Education Documentation Act (BidokG), the Health Care and Nursing Act (GuKG), the Midwifery Act (HebG) and of the Clinical Technical Services Act (MTD).

In a related development, the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria) was established for the entire higher education sector as of 1 March 2012. The responsibilities previously held by he Austrian Quality Assurance Agency (AQA), the Austrian FH Council (FHR) and the Austrian Accreditation Council for Private Universities (ÖAR) were transferred to AQ Austria.

Act on Quality Assurance in Higher Education (HS-QSG)
University of Applied Sciences Studies Act (FHStG)
FH-Doctorate programme ordinance (in German)
Diploma Supplement - Ordinance Universities of applied Sciences
Private Universities Act (PUG)
Universities Act 2002 (UG)
Education Documentation Act (BidokG) (in German)
Health Care and Nursing Act (GuKG) (in German)
Ordinance on Education and Training in Health Care and Nursing (FHGuK-AV) (in German)
Midwifery Act (HebG) (in German)
Ordinance on Midwifery Education at UASs (FH-Heb-AV)
Federal Act Regulating High Level Allied Health Professions (MTD-Gesetz) (in German)
Ordinance on Bachelor Degree Programmes providing Education for High Level Allied Health Professions at UASs (FH-MTD-AV)
Ordinance on medical universities 2016 (MUVO 2016) (in German)
Ordinance on university studies evidence 2004 (UniStEV 2004) (in German)
Act on doctors 1998 (ÄrzteG 1998) (in German) 
Act on dentists (ZÄG) (in German) 
Act on psychologists 2013 (in German)
Act on psychotherapy (in German)
Act on health professions register (in German)  
Act on education reservation (federal law prohibiting the education of professional activities regulated by health legislation in the regard against unauthorized institutions) (in German)
Determination of academic degrees of FH programmes (PDF) (in German)