The ZIMCHE Act of 2006 prescribes that each institution of higher education be issued with a certificate of accreditation if it demonstrates the achievement of acceptable standards in terms of physical, human, financial and material resources; management and operational procedures; and acceptable standards of academic life focussing on teaching, research, public and expert service. ZIMCHE, therefore, carries out institutional and programme accreditation. Accreditation is a process of external quality review to scrutinise institutions of higher education and their programmes for maintenance of quality and quality improvement.
Peer review panels are used by ZIMCHE to look at:
Quality assurance is an ongoing process of each higher education institution and so there should always be structures at these institutions that guarantee that acceptable standards are adhered to. An institution should, therefore, have its own internal quality assurance system.