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Code of Practice

Lisbon Recognition Convention

The assessments provided by UK NARIC are carried out in accordance with the aims and underlying principles of the Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region. Signed in Lisbon in 1997, the treaty is more commonly known as the Lisbon Recognition Convention (LRC). The Convention includes a number of key points, forming the basis of our role in qualification recognition and established methodological approach. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Holders of qualifications issued in one country shall have adequate access to an assessment of these qualifications in another country.
  • No discrimination shall be made in this respect on any ground such as the applicant's gender, race, colour, disability, language, religion, political opinion, national, ethnic or social origin.
  • The responsibility to demonstrate that an application does not fulfil the relevant requirements lies with the body undertaking the assessment.
  • Each country shall recognise qualifications – whether for access to higher education, for periods of study or for higher education degrees – as similar to the corresponding qualifications in its own system unless it can show that there are substantial differences between its own qualifications and the qualifications for which recognition is sought.
  • All countries shall appoint a national information centre, one important task of which is to offer advice on the recognition of foreign qualifications to students, graduates, employers, higher education institutions and other interested parties or persons.

Full details of the Convention and other related information can be found on the Council of Europe website: https://www.coe.int/t/dg4/highereducation/recognition/lrc_EN.asp

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