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Organizations responsible for the recognition of documents

Academic recognition of documents (nostrification) indicating the acquisition of higher medical education is provided by higher educational institutions in Austria.

Such information as the duration of study, the structure of educational programme and its scope are being taken into account during the process of recognition.

Lists of universities:

In order to obtain a license for medical practice one has to submit a nostrification certificate along with a package of documents to the clinic in which you are going to work. Licenses are issued by the Austrian Medical Chamber.

Academic and professional recognition in the Democratic Republic of Congo is administered by three organizations: 

  • The Commission on the equivalence of diplomas
  • The Presidium of the universities of Congo
  • The professional community of Zaire physicians

Recognition of qualifications in the field of health care is administered by the Ministry of health and medical education

Recognition of pre-University education qualifications in Iran is administered by the Ministry of education

Academic recognition is administered by the Ministry of Education of China.

Recognition of qualifications for engagement in professional activities is administered by professional associations.

The Flemish Ministry of Education and training carries out the procedure of recognition of qualifications for their use on the territory of Belgium that is under the jurisdiction the Flemish Community

The Ministry of the Walloon region and Brussels carries out the recognition of documents for their use on the territory of Belgium that is under the jurisdiction of the French community

Recognition is carried out by the Ministry of education, culture and sports, educational authorities of the autonomous communities, relevant ministries, agencies and universities.

During the procedure of recognition of foreign qualifications the following information is being analysed:

  • Data on actual and standard duration of study
  • Scope of a studied programme (in hours, if the data is presented in credit units, you must specify how many lectures there are in one credit unit)
  • Presence of professional experience (if recognition is necessary for engagement in professional activities)
  • Information about the previous educational level, as well as information about the rights granted to a holder of a qualification in the country of issue

The maximum processing time is 3 months from the date of submission of all required documents.

The Association of Indian Universities administers the recognition of foreign qualifications to provide their holders with further education in India

Professional recognition falls within the competence of professional advice

The nostrification of educational documents and the issue of appropriate certificates is carried out at the request of a holder or an interested organization (applicant).

Educational documents issued by foreign educational institutions are recognized on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the basis of international treaties (agreements). In case there are no international treaties (agreements), the nostrification of educational documents obtained by citizens in foreign educational institutions, and the issuance of appropriate certificates are carried out due to the procedure established by the authorized body in the field of education.

Recognition of foreign qualifications in Sudan is administered by the Committee on evaluation and equivalence of diplomas and qualifications. 

The documents submitted for recognition must be duly legalized and translated into one of the official languages of Sudan. Documents are submitted in the original and copies. The presence of a supplement to the educational document that contains information about the educational programme and the amount of studied material as well as information about qualifying papers written during training is obligatory. Documents of previous educational level are also required.

The procedure of recognition of foreign qualifications in Syria carried out by the Ministry of higher education. 

Documents submitted for recognition in Syria must be legalized and translated into Arabic. Documents are submitted in the original and copies. Along with the main document of education and/or qualification one must attach a document containing information about the educational programme, duration of training, the volume of the studied programmes and a copy of the final qualifying paper. One also has to submit the documents of previous educational level.

Recognition of foreign qualifications in the UK is administered by the following organisations:

  1. General Medical Council – for doctors
  2. Nursing and Midwifery Council – for nurses
  3. General Dental Council – for dentists

In the course of the procedure of foreign education and qualification documents recognition the following parameters are taken into account by the National Information Center of Great Britain:

  1. status of educational institution in accordance with the legislation of the country of document issue
  2. status of educational programme in accordance with the legislation of the country of document issue
  3. identification of qualification level in the country of document issue and its rights
  4. identification of admission requirements for the relevant programme in the country of issue of educational document
  5. analysis of a study duration, content of an educational programme, evaluation criteria of training outcomes and other parameters of an educational programme

The possibility of correlation of an obtained qualification with qualifications presented in the UK educational system is determined by the results of the analysis. A positive result of this procedure is the issuance of a decision concerning the possibility of recognition of a foreign document testifying the recognition of a foreign document of education and qualification.

This decision is advisory and educational institutions, professional associations and employers decide on the enrolment for study or employment of foreign holders of education and qualification documents on their own.

The procedure of recognition of foreign educational and qualification documents is not legally fixed.

These functions are performed by the following organizations:

  1. Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates – for physicians
  2. The American Dental Association – for dentists
  3. Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools – for nurses

The U.S. Department of education sponsors some information resources on the issues of recognition, however, it does not regulate the principles of this procedure. Thus, the recognition of foreign documents and qualifications is carried out by the professional associations of international education, educational institutions, private organizations, that specialize in the evaluation of foreign educational systems, employers and licensing bodies of various sectors. 

In exceptional cases, the state law may provide a general description of the use of foreign educational documents and qualifications.

Recognition of foreign educational documents is carried out by the estimation of conformity of academic, professional, and educational rights and educational and qualification levels of foreign educational (qualification) documents with the state standards of education of Ukraine. 

The recognition procedure is intended to ensure the rights of citizens who have received education in other countries for continuation of education and professional activities in Ukraine and includes verification of documents and estimation of conformity of qualification with the Ukrainian education and qualification level.

As a result of the recognition procedure the owner of foreign education documents obtains a certificate that confirms the right of the owner of documents issued by the institution of another state, to continue his or her professional education or employment in Ukraine.

Recognition in Ukraine is administered by: 

  • Medical Council of Ukraine (recognition of medical diplomas)
  • The Ministry of education and science, youth and sports is the only body authorized to carry out recognition procedures and issue documents certifying the recognition of foreign education documents.
  • SE "Information and Image Center" - performing the functions of the National Information Center of Academic Mobility (ENIC-Ukraine) (involved in the procedure of recognition of foreign education documents)

Information and Image Center carries out the work on preparation of documents for Ministry decision-making concerning the recognition of foreign education documents. In particular, the authorities of the Centre include verification of the authenticity of education documents awarded by institutions in foreign countries, as well as organization of the expert assessment for establishment of the equivalence of issued qualifications according to education documents that were awarded by institutions of foreign countries. 

Basing on the results of the examination following actions can be assigned: 

  • Additional training
  • Competence testing in the disciplines where the comparative analysis has found the academic difference in educational programs in Ukraine and in the country of issue of an educational document, without compensation of which the recognition of foreign education documents is impossible (when the amount of differences does not exceed 810 hours or 22.5 ECTS credits in core subjects).

In order to obtain an official document certifying the recognition of a foreign qualification one must go through the recognition procedure in the Department of equivalence and certification of the Ministry of education of Brazil.

There are three types of recognition of foreign qualifications:

  • Professional recognition – which is required by those who have a bachelor's or higher degree and want to get a job
  • Academic recognition – for those who wish to continue their education at the next level on their own initiative (without regard for student exchange programmes)
  • Academic recognition – for those who wish to continue their education within a particular programme/course (for example, those who started training in an undergraduate programme in a foreign country, but did not finish it, and wishes to continue his or her training in this education programme in Brazil)

Academic recognition is carried out by 

  • Educational institutions that implement programmes of an appropriate level
  • National Council on education in Brazil

The second option is only for holders of Master's degrees and higher and only in case higher education institutions refuse recognition.

All documents that require recognition in Brazil must be translated into Portuguese. Educational institution taking a decision on recognition of a foreign document and/or qualification must be accredited in the appropriate programme/ speciality. The cost of the procedure is established by the institution.

The following information is being taken into consideration during assessment of foreign documents: 

  1. total scope of a studied programme
  2. compatibility with the programmes carried out by a specific educational institution
  3. final qualifying paper (if necessary), written by the owner of a document

If an educational institution council on foreign documents recognition finds the program insufficient for a full recognition, it may designate the completion of additional courses or taking of certain examinations. 

Professional recognition can be obtained only after the official confirmation of correspondence by one of the universities of the education obtained abroad to the Brazilian one. The right to engage in professional activities is issued by appropriate Ministries and agencies.

Recognition of foreign education documents and qualification, with the purpose of enrolment to higher education study programmes is administered by higher education institutions (programmes of the first, second and third cycles).

The issuing of work permits is administered by approbation commissions of German federal lands. 

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During the recognition procedure the standard and the actual periods of training, the content of the educational program and training outcomes are taken into account. 

During the procedure of recognition of school documents testing and interviews are carried out in a local education agency in every region of the land.

The decision on recognition of the foreign education documents and qualifications is adopted by the National Board of education in Finland. 

A decision on the recognition of a document corresponding to a particular finished level of education in the educational system of Finland, with the right to use a specified foreign diploma, degree, or rank, can be adopted during the procedure of recognition of foreign documents of education or qualification. In this case, the assignment of any additional training is not provided. Moreover, a decision on the recognition of an education document that corresponds to a relevant cycle of learning that provides a certain amount of additional training can be adopted on the basis of the procedure results.

The National board of education issues a decision on the recognition, which is advisory in nature and cannot be regarded as an official document giving the right to continue one's education or professional activity. However, this conclusion can be helpful when looking for a job or when there is a necessity to continue one’s training in Finland. 

НIncomplete education or individual courses are not recognized by the National Board of Education. This issue falls within the competence of educational institutions.

Recognition of foreign qualifications in France is administered by the following organizations:
1. Medicine and pharmaceutics
Ministеre de la jeunesse, de l'еducation nationale et de la recherche
Direction de l'enseignement supеrieur 
Bureau DES A11
97-99, rue de Grenelle - 75007 Paris 
Tел. : 01.55.55.67.41
2. Occupations related to medicine 
Ministere de la sante, de la famille et des personnes handicapees 
DHOS P2
Bureau des formations mеdicales
8, avenue de Sеgur
75350 Paris cedex 07 SP 
Tел. : 01.40.56.48.37
3. Nursing
Direction Departementale des Affaires Sanitaires et Sociales (DDASS): see address of the Departmental office for medical and social affairs (DDASS) in your separtment.
4. Ambulance personnel
Ministere de la sante, de la famille et des personnes handicapees
place Fontenoy - 75350 Paris cedex 07 SP
Tел. : 01.40.56.48.39

Academic recognition of foreign qualifications is carried out by the Ministry of education, culture, sports, science and technology as well as educational institutions. 

Professional associations carry out the recognition of foreign qualifications for the purpose of engagement in professional activities.

The basic principle of the recognition of foreign education documents and qualifications for entry to undergraduate and graduate programs is the comparison of training duration.

When recognizing documents for continuation of study at any educational programme, there is a limit to the number of credits that can be transferred

The Russian Government

The Russian Government

The Ministry of education and science of the Russian Federation

The Ministry of education and science of the Russian Federation

Federal service for supervision in the sphere of science and education

Federal service for supervision in the sphere of science and education

Enic-Naric

Enic-Naric

UNESCO

UNESCO

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