Closure of the Vocational Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF)

CCEA Regulation News
Published: 19/01/2024, 10:30am

During the COVID-19 pandemic CCEA Regulation aligned with Ofqual and Qualifications Wales to put in place an extraordinary regulation framework - The Vocational Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF). Yesterday, Ofqual published a notice to all Awarding Organisations confirming that the VCRF will be disapplied in respect of all VTQs from 18 January 2024.

This is because, in May 2023, the World Health Organisation declared the end of the global health emergency, and new arrangements have been introduced to support resilience in the examination system in the unlikely event that exams and other formal assessments cannot take place.

As such, the regulators consider that there is no reason to retain the VCRF any longer. The legal notice contains transitional and saving provisions which allow Awarding Organisations to continue to process appeals that fall under the VCRF, where any remain.

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