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Assessment for Archive Service Accreditation
The National Archives, the Welsh Government through its CyMAL: Museums, Libraries and Archives Wales division, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, the Scottish Council on Archives and National Records of Scotland are the assessing bodies for Archive Service Accreditation. They are responsible for the initial assessment of applications in their home nation and for making recommendations for accreditation to the accreditation panel.
Assessment and validation teams gauge how far the applicant service meets the requirements of the Archive Service Accreditation standard based on information supplied on the application form and supporting documents, and where relevant the on site visit. They then make a recommendation to the next available accreditation panel meeting, which will make the formal decision on the award of accredited status.
A minimum of 25% of applications are validated by an on site visit conducted by a mixed review team consisting of assessors from these bodies, and in some cases peer reviewers. The on site visit is an opportunity for the assessment team to check documentation which is not submitted as part of the online application, talk to staff about key aspects of the application and look at on site facilities.
Information for applicants from England
In England, on site validation visits will take place within given periods each year preceding the meetings of the accreditation panel, by arrangement with the application service. Archive services selected for an on site validation visit will be given information in advance about what to expect. They will also be contacted a minimum of one week in advance of the visit with details of any specific areas that will be reviewed.
Peer reviewers are archivists or those with experience in the archives sector who have volunteered to become part of an onsite validation team. All peer reviewers receive training on Archive Service Accreditation and peer review skills before taking part in a validation visit.
Find out more on how to train as a peer reviewer for Archives Service Accreditation through Archives and Records Association.