The Statutes of the Andalusian Agency of Knowledge (AAC) were approved by Decree 92/2011, of April 19. With the entry into force of the Statutes on April 30, 2011, the Andalusian Agency of Knowledge was constituted according to provisions of the Andalusian Act of Science and Knowledge (Act 16/2007, of December 3). The Agency has competence in theevaluation and accreditation of university activities, as well as the promotion, management, evaluation and accreditation of the research, development and innovation activities among the agents of the Andalusian System of Knowledge. It also corresponds to the Agency to render services concerning the execution of programmes and procedures set up for Higher Education, the promotion of Innovation and ofprogrammes for university students learning in other regions and countries. In addition, it corresponds to the Agency the promotion of technological innovation in Andalusia, by the transfer of knowledge and of the participation of companies and the aforementioned agents in the European Union. The Agency abides by the action principles of public interest, publicity, transparency, effective administration, social profitability and responsibility.
The DEVA enjoys independence in the exercise of the functions of direction, coordination and management of the following areas: a) University Evaluation and Accreditation Area and b) Research, Development and Innovation Evaluation Area (RDI). Also, it is full member of ENQA, INQAAHE, and EQAR, complying with the requirements set up by the international community.
The Andalusian Act of Universities (Act 15/2003, of December 22) provides the creation of the Andalusian University Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (AGAE) in charge of performing within the Autonomous Community of Andalusia the functions established in Title V of the Universities Organic Act (Act 6/2001, of December 21) and in the Andalusian Act of Universities.
According to the Act of Reorganisation of the Andalusian Public Sector (Act 1/2011, of February 17) with the objective of adapting the Andalusian public sector to the new economic and financial situation, the autonomous body of the Andalusian University Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (former AGAE) is replaced in all legal relations, rights and obligations of which is the holder) by the Andalusian Agency of Knowledge (AAC). The AAC integrates the Andalusian University Evaluation and Accreditation Agency, the Centre of Innovation and Technology Transfer of Andalusia, and the Society for the Promotion of Talent. The Statutes of the Andalusian Agency of Knowledge were approved by Decree 92/2011, of April 19, and the AAC was established on April 30, 2011. The Agency has legal personality, a full legal and operative capacity to accomplish its objectives, with its own equity and assets, and is endowed with administrative and management autonomy.
The Centre of Innovation and Technology Transfer of Andalusia and the Society for the Promotion of Talent are located in Seville (Calle Max Planck 3, Edificio Iris 1, Isla de la Cartuja). The former AGAE, now Directorate of Evaluation and Accreditation (DEVA) is located in Cordoba (Calle Doña Berenguela s/n).
In the Statutes of the Andalusian Agency of Knowledge (Title 1) it is stated that it corresponds to DEVA:
a) To evaluate and accredit the university institutions and their teaching staff, and the activities related with training and research development and innovation of the agents of the Andalusian System of Knowledge.
b) To check the performance of the activity and the accomplishment of the purpose for which they were granted.
c) To give public faith and certification regarding the data and documents that are part of the administrative records processed in the Agency.
In summary, its main mission is to guarantee and promote the quality of the Andalusian university system by evaluating, accrediting, and monitoring agents and institutions, acting in accordance with " the principles of public interest, publicity, transparency, effective administration, social profitability, and responsibility" (Statutes, title 1, article 2)