The development of standards is not a reaction to a specific problem. It is, rather, a necessary aspect of implementation of the HEQF, through the establishment of a benchmark for the award of each qualification type. The aim is to enhance public perceptions about consistency between similar qualifications offered by different institutions and in different fields of study. The purpose of a standard is to state an agreed purpose of a qualification type and the graduate attributes that are evidence of the purpose being attained. The standard states what a programme leading to the qualification type intends to achieve and how we can establish that it has been achieved. This would show fitness for purpose.
The approach of the CHE to standards development is an approach that is regarded as appropriate for higher education, and for its sub-framework. Different sub-frameworks may require somewhat different approaches to standards.