National Centre for Recognition and Equivalence of Diplomas (CNRED) was created based on Government Decision no. 49/1999. CNRED is part of the Ministry of Education, having as main functions:
- recognition and equivalence of diplomas obtained abroad;
- elaboration of regulations and methodologies regarding the recognition and equivalence of study documents obtained abroad;
- authentication of the documents issued by Romanian higher education institutions in relation to those states which require either the Hague Apostille or superlegalization;
- representative of the Romania in relation with EU institutions in the field of academic and professional recognition.
The National Centre for the Recognition and Equivalence of Diplomas is a member of the ENIC/NARIC network of Information Centres on the Recognition of Diplomas, an initiative of the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO, which allows a permanent exchange of information and advice at national and international level on the education system and the legal status of educational institutions abroad, the training offered, as well as the conditions set by these institutions for obtaining educational documents.
The Romanian NARIC Center was created on 1st of December 1995 under the Agreement no. 95-PECO-SOC-0019 concluded with the European Commission as part of the Socrates National Agency.
The National Centre for Recognition and Equivalence of Diplomas is:
- national coordinator for transposition Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications;
- assistance centre for recognition of professional qualifications;
- legislative area coordinator for IMI PQ Romania and delegated coordinator for Services in education;
- collaborates with other national centers for recognition ENIC / NARIC, UNESCO-CEPES, IAU.