The Accreditation Agency in Health and Social Sciences (AHPGS) is an interdisciplinary and multiprofessional organization whose main tasks include the accreditation of Bachelor and Master programs in health and social science fields, as well as of the internal control and quality assurance systems at universities and colleges.
The AHPGS regularly exchanges information with other national and international accreditation agencies, as well as with representatives of universities and professional practice. The aim of the AHPGS is to support the quality assurance, academization and professionalization of the health and social professions in Germany and abroad.
The AHPGS is a registered non-profit association, which is supported by the departmental conferences of special education, nursing, health and social work, representatives of scientific societies and relevant professional, professional and sponsor organizations from the relevant fields of action, and individuals. Collaboration with scientific societies, representatives of practice organizations and employers such as charities and municipal associations ensures a balance of interests in the agency.
The AHPGS was recognized by the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (WBF) (formerly Federal Department of Economic Affairs, FDEA) on January 17, 2008 and again on January 16, 2013, and was thereby granted the ability to examine accreditation requests from universities of applied sciences on behalf of the WBF. In the recognition process, the AHPGS has proven that the federal requirements and the European standards for accreditation agencies have been met.
On June 12, 2009, AHPGS was granted full membership to ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education).
Since September 30, 2009, the AHPGS has been included in the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR).
Since November 5, 2009 the AHPGS has been a member of INQAAHE, and since January 6, 2012 a member of CEENQA.
The AHPGS was first accredited on December 17, 2001 by the Accreditation Council for a period of three years. Since then it has been reaccredited three more times, currently until 2019.