National Quality Assurance Framework

National Quality Assurance Framework

The National Quality Assurance Framework works to provide visitors with easily identifiable symbols and standards of service that they can trust, ensuring standards meet expectations, help marketing efforts, and support product development. The NQAF comprises of a suite of statutory and non-statutory tourist accommodation Registers, with the statutory Registers containing all tourist accommodation in Ireland that are using a prescribed term (eg, Hotel or Guesthouse), and the non-statutory being voluntary schemes where the proprietor chooses to become quality approved under the NQAF.

Please note:

There is a requirement for all tourist accommodation providers to meet their statutory obligation which include but are not limited to:
  • Complying with the Local Government (Planning and Development) Acts, 1963-2000 (as amended or extended) and in possession of a Certificate of Compliance in relation to the planning permission granted and the building regulations including all current legislation.
  • Complying with the Fire Services Acts 1981 and 2003 (as amended or extended) and with any Regulations made thereunder (as amended or extended), and in possession of a valid Fire Safety Certificate.
  • Having notified the HSE in accordance with Article 6(2) of Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 and under Regulation 6 of S.I. No 369 of 2006 as amended and in compliance with Food Safety Regulations.
Note: Fáilte Ireland advise all proprietors who may be unsure of their statutory obligations to obtain any clarification necessary to ensure their statutory obligations are being met

Find all the information you need to apply for, or maintain approval for your business, as well as additional documents and useful links relevant to your sector.


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Read the most frequently asked questions about Fáilte Ireland registration and approval.

Have your questions answered [pdf, 283kb]


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Whether you operate a hotel, guest house, hostel or other business, find out about the benefits of Fáilte Ireland quality assurance and how to become approved.

Read about quality assurance [pdf, 81kb]