Pursuent to the Federal Law on Financial Aid to Universities (UFG), universities and other academic institutions must, in order to claim financial assistance, "provide high-quality services that have been evaluated by the organization responsible for quality assurance". On 1 January 2003 the Confederation issued the Guidelines for the qualifying procedure for financial support stipulated by the Federal Law on Financial Aid to Universities (UFG ). Here, the OAQ has a mandate to carry out the relevant evaluations. At an initial examination, evaluation procedures are used which are based on the same quality standards as in the accreditation procedure. The periodic examinations, which have a summary character, take place on the basis of quality audits.