Ofqual’s new regulatory powers come into effect

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Ofqual’s new powers, including the power to fine exam boards, come into effect today (Friday, May 4).

The announcement comes after a detailed consultation by Ofqual as a result of the Education Act 2011. The Act gave the regulator the power to fine an awarding organisation if it breaks the rules set by the regulator.

A new policy, which sets out the full range of Ofqual’s sanctions and enforcement powers and how they will be used, can be found here:

Taking Regulatory Action verison 2 – May 2012

Fiona Pethick, Ofqual’s Director of Regulation, said: “We want awarding organisations to provide high quality qualifications and good levels of service. Our additional powers, including the power to fine, mean that when things go wrong we have more ways in which we can sanction an awarding organisation. Awarding organisations need to know that we will act firmly and robustly.

“With exams starting shortly, this is a timely announcement for us as we now have our new powers in place should there be any problems during this important period.”

As well as the power to fine, the changes also allow Ofqual to recover the costs of enforcement action and make the process of using its other enforcement  powers simpler.

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