External evaluation is carried out using internationally recognized WHO/WFME guidelines and Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG). Standards for Institutional and Specialized/Professional accreditation are medical education specific standards such as:

  • the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME)Global Standards for Quality Improvement in Basic, Postgraduate Medical Education and CPD,
  • Organisation for PhD Education in Biomedicine and Health Sciences in the European System (ORPHEUS), Association of Medical Schools in Europe (AMSE) and WFME (Master and PhD Programmes) that are in accordance with Institutional and National Health Care needs and priorities.

The ECAQA’s primarily purpose is to ensure and improve academic quality, training of health professionals as well as promoting the establishment and development of transparent national quality assurance system on health professions education through the introduction of the international principles of good practice in quality assurance (WHO/WFME,INQAAHE, ENQA).

Eurasian Сentre for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Health care (ECAQA) is recognised by the decision of the Republican Accreditation Council of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan

ECAQA is included on the National Register of Recognised Accrediting Agency (Register 1) by the Kazakhstan Ministry of Education and Science’
http://edu.gov.kz/ru/deyatelnost/detail.php?ELEMENT_ID=11615


Register 1 includes recognised accrediting agencies according to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan Order №629, November 1, 2016 “On approval of the Rules for recognition of accrediting agencies and establishing the register of recognized accrediting agencies, accredited Higher Education Institutions and Educational Programmes” and it is available on the web-site of Kazakhstan Ministry of Education and Science.
http://edu.gov.kz/ru/dokumenti/list

ECAQA is included in the Directory of Organizations that Recognize/Accredit Medical Schools (DORA) of the The Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), https://www.faimer.org/resources/dora/kazakhstan.html

The Eurasian Centre for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Health Care (ECAQA) is the holder of exclusive copyright to Standards of Institutional Accreditation (Medical Education Organisations and Nursing colleges) and Standards of Specialized (Programmatic) Accreditation in Medical and Healthcare Professions Education (Dentistry, Public Health, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Technology and Industry, Nursing) for the Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, PhD Programmes, Residency (Postgraduate Specialty Training), Continuing Professional Development, Applied Bachelor's Degree Programmes and TVET.
The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan has registered and granted exclusive copyright rights to ECAQA for the Standards of Institutional and Specialized (Programmatic) Accreditation, Guides on Internal Self-evaluation and External Evaluation of the programmes at all levels of Medical and Health Professions Education in the relevant specialties. It has been confirmed by including them into the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan’ Register and issuing the Certificate of State Registration of Copyright Rights corresponding to appropriate level of Education and Specialties from November 20, 2017.


The main priorities of ECAQA are:

  • support of HEIs in their capacity building process,
  • introduction of the quality culture within institutions,
  • provision of the educational expertise in health professions education and public health.

Thereby making a contribution towards the harmonisation and integration of national education system into the European Higher Education and Research Area.

ECAQA aims to carry out the external evaluation of HEIs and professional educational programmes and ensure that accredited HEIs meet the ESG, WFME Global Standards for Quality Improvement in Basic, Postgraduate and CME, Master and PhD programmes in Biomedicine and Health Sciences in association with ORPHEUS and AMSE.


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