The Department of Qualifications Recognition at UHR is Sweden’s ENIC-NARIC office. Our tasks include providing information about recognition and which organisation to contact if you wish to work in a regulated profession.

The Lisbon Recognition Convention

The Lisbon Recognition Convention was developed by the Council of Europe and UNESCO and has been ratified by 57 countries in Europe but also by Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Israel. The convention provides a framework for recognising foreign qualifications for the purposes of work and studies in Europe and beyond. Some of the main points of the convention are:

  • holders of qualifications in one country should have access to an assessment of these qualifications in another country
  • each country shall recognise qualifications as similar to corresponding qualifications in their own system unless there is a substantial difference between the foreign qualification and the required one.


Two networks were established in order to implement the Lisbon Recognition Convention and put its framework into practice: NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre) within the EU and ENIC (European Network of Information Centres) within the Council of Europe and UNESCO.

Through close cooperation, the networks and their centres provide information about qualifications recognition and which organisation to contact if you wish to work in a regulated profession in a particular country.

The networks provide a guarantee that UHR and other centres comply with the established common regulations and guidelines. It also allows individuals to check that we have performed our evaluations correctly.

Last updated: 25 November 2020