In August 2006, the Professions in Education Act (Wet op de Beroepen in het Onderwijs), shortened to the Wet BIO, took effect. Since that time there have been standards of professional competence for teaching staff. This Act stipulates that these standards of professional competence must be kept up to date. At least once every six years, teachers as a professional group will present a proposal towards that end to the Minister of Education, Culture and Science. On 27 April 2012, the Onderwijscoöperatie (Education Cooperative) presented the new proposal for standards of professional competence to (outgoing) State Secretary Halbe Zijlstra.
In the Onderwijscoöperatie, all the large professional associations representing teachers work together on the development of professional quality in teaching and strengthening the position of the teacher. This includes working out a common definition for the professional competence required to be a teacher. Professional competence is, after all, the foundation on which educational quality is built.
For more details, read reassessing standards of professional competence.