If you are not satisfied with
the result of the assessment of your diploma made by an official authority, you
can appeal the decision. The Explanatory Report to Article III.5 of the Lisbon Recognition Convention states that "...the reason for a decision
to the applicant’s disadvantage should be stated. The provision that it is up to
the authority evaluating the application to show that the applicant does not
fulfill the requirements for recognition is closely linked to the applicant’s
right to appeal", and that "information should be given on the ways
in which an appeal could be made, and on the time limits for such an
According to the Directive 2005/36/EC, within the EU countries there
are national contact points that can give you information
on the recognition of your professional qualifications and guide you through
the administrative formalities you need to complete.
Within EU countries State (as well as in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein)
there are National SOLVIT Centres: SOLVIT deals with cross-border problems between a business or a citizen on the
one hand and a national public authority on the other, where there is possible
misapplication of EU law. Contact your national SOLVIT centre in the case of misapplication
of professional recognition procedures established by the Directive 2005/36/EC.
The service is free of charge.
What to expect
The service responsible for
the evaluation of your credentials should inform you, as part of the initial
information it provides you, of the procedures available to you to appeal their
Contact your ENIC-NARIC national information centre (see list
of coutries to the right column), or your ministry/department of education, for further
Contact the national contact point of the Directive 2005/36/EC
or the national SOLVIT centre.