Analytic Quality Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-22, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 20 January, 2022 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2022.


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core definition

Reciprocity is the acceptance by one agency of the outcomes of a quality process conducted by another agency.

explanatory context

Reciprocity is similar to mutual recognition but is limited to activities of quality agencies.

analytical review

According to CHEA (2002) reciprocity is:

A system in which accrediting bodies acknowledge each other’s accreditation or certification decisions, even though the criteria may not be identical. Recognition is based on the assumption of equivalence of standards and quality.

associated issues


related areas

See also

mutual recognition

academic recognition

professional recognition



Council For Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) 2001, Glossary of Key Terms in Quality Assurance and Accreditation, last updated 23 October 2002, accessed 18 September 2012, page not available 30 December 2016.

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