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Advice Quality Standard

The AQS is the quality mark for organisations that provide advice to the public on social welfare issues. Organisations that hold the standard have demonstrated that they are easily accessible, effectively managed, and employ staff with the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of their clients.

Resources for AQS Holders

How to renew the standard, get your copy, or download the AQS logo.


About the AQS — The only sector-owned, independently audited quality standard awarded to services delivering social welfare legal advice.

Apply for AQS — The assessment process, prices, what’s involved and how long accreditation lasts.

Find advice agencies — Use our map to find approved organisations.

Information for funders — Has an agency applying for funding been awarded the AQS, and what does it mean when an agency has this standard?

AQSv2 launches at the Houses of Parliament
The revised version of the AQS was launched in the auspicious surroundings of the Houses of Parliament on the 31st Janaury 2017 at an event hosted by Yvonne Fovargue MP and attended by 50 advice sector representatives, funders and stakeholders. Find out more about the event here.

Advice Quality Standard Review 2015

AQS recieves full accreditation from the Money Advice Service

New assessment arrangements for the Advice Quality Standard

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