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Appeal (Professional recognition)

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 appeal."


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 decision.


Further information


Contact your ENIC-NARIC national information centre (see list of coutries to the right column), or your ministry/department of education, for further details.


Contact the national contact point of the Directive 2005/36/EC or the national SOLVIT centre.