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The Brexit and Recognition of Qualifications

28/01/2019

Research of the CULT Committee (committee on culture and education) November 2018

The United Kingdom will leave the European Union on March 29; 2019.

Although academic qualifications (such as the Master of Science in Osteopathy) fall within national competence, supporting policies have been implemented at European level. Brexit should not have substantial consequences since those policies are intergovernmental (e.g. Bologna Process), implemented on a voluntary basis (e.g. European Qualifications Framework, Europass) or open to third countries (e.g. Erasmus+).

Let’s not forget that not only European countries joined the Bologna Program (e.g. Macedonia, Iceland, Turkey, Liechtenstein, and Norway)

In one of the Bologna meetings (Lisbon Recognition Convention) the Bologna countries aim at increasing comparability and mutual recognition. The LRC underpins the “Bologna process”, which was initiated in 1998 and brings together 48 countries.

Given that the Bologna Process, as well as tools such as ECTS and EQF, are not limited to EU Member States, Brexit is not going to have any foreseeable impact on the recognition of diplomas and study periods abroad. Participation in the Bologna Process and use of the above-mentioned tools will remain open to the UK after the withdrawal from the EU.