As well as a new career framework and training routes, Modernising Scientific Careers () provides equivalence arrangements to allow entry to and progression through the career framework without the need for unnecessary retraining.
The national consultation on theproposals in 2008 identified strong support for a system of equivalence that recognises educational qualifications, and accreditation of prior experiential learning and is applicable to all levels and stages of the Career Framework.
Further policies in relation to the implementation of equivalence were produced as a result of. These policies identified the AHCS as the UK wide organisation that would perform the equivalence process. These policies have been used to inform the process the AHCS has developed to assess equivalence