The Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Chemical Innovation and Regulation (EMMC ChIR) is a Joint Master course developed by the Consortium of Universities. These are the University of Algarve, the University of Barcelona, the University of Bologna and Heriot Watt University. The Universities in the Consortium have agreed on the following Quality Policy regarding the EMMC ChIR:
The EMMC ChIR provides its students with all the tools and knowledge from the scientific, the regulatory and the economic point of view necessary to manage the risks of chemicals responsibly and to meet responsibilities over chemical legislation worldwide. ChIR stakeholders are any institution or individual concerned with the risks of chemical substances over humans and the environment, namely the European Chemicals Agency, the national chemicals regulation bodies, chemical industry companies, and the public in general. ChIR will continuously update its curriculum and structure looking towards the fulfillment of its stakeholders’ expectations by preparing professionals highly competent to deal with the challenges of chemical innovation and safe regulation of chemical substances.
The EMMC ChIR aims to to become the reference in Higher Education for the regulation of chemical substances. The EMMC ChIR aspires to be a model of successful European cooperation, promoting scientific research to support regulations on new chemical substances. The EMMC ChIR will contribute to the competitiveness of European and non-European companies by compliance with international regulations on the use of chemical substances and through the development of new safer alternatives.
The Universities of the consortium will implement a quality management system for the EMMC ChIR in order to pursue this vision and continuously enhance the quality of the joint master course and have established the following quality objectives:
• to implement adequate internal quality assurance mechanisms at three different levels: lecture modules, programme and host institutions facilities;
• to implement transparent external quality assurance mechanisms by the respective competent national authorities and to contribute to the development of international quality assurance mechanisms for transnational courses;
• to collaborate with the national authorities and ENQA in establishing a common framework of reference for Quality Assurance.
The Universities in the Consortium are totally committed to quality and will put forward all necessary and available resources for quality assurance.