The framework is at early stage of implementation. The EQF national coordination point was established at the Ministry of Education and Culture as an in-service department overseeing the development and gradual implementation of the framework. Stakeholders responsible for accreditation of qualifications will continue to work according to the existing legislative framework but new legislation is required for CyQF to clarify how stakeholders will work together. A decision of the council of ministers is expected and a new legislative framework will be introduced if required (Cypriot Ministry of Education and Culture, 2017). A new permanent body – council of the NQF of Cyprus – has been established, which includes all stakeholders ( The National Committee for the Development and Establishment of a National Qualifications Framework in Cyprus, consists of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Culture (President of the Committee), the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance and the General Director of the Human Resource Development Authority or their representatives.); it is the consultative body for the CyQF referencing report. Its main tasks are advisory and focus on:
- consulting with stakeholders on CyQF development and implementation;
- developing, implementing and reviewing CyQF procedures;
- disseminating public information on CyQF;
- advising the Ministry of Education and Culture on policy and resource implications.
In 2017, the board of ministers approved the development of the National Qualifications Authority ( Decision No 82.592.).
The CyQF includes the development and implementation of the procedures for quality assurance and qualifications award. Quality assurance should underpin all levels of the NQF. A new Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (QAAA) in higher education was established by law in March 2016, bringing together quality assurance functions under one roof. The agency is operational. The new legislation provides a quality assurance framework for higher education, within which higher education institutions will be driven to improve quality and develop an internal quality culture.
HRDA has a robust quality assurance process in place for monitoring the SVQ. All aspects of the system, and those participating in it, are quality assured by HRDA, which holds the relevant registers of assessing centres and assessors for each vocational field and region. The HRDA has also introduced a system for evaluating and certifying training providers ( This system is entitled Evaluation and certification of training providers (AxioPistoSyn): http://www.hrdauth.org.cy/easyconsole.cfm/page/project/p_id/23/pc_id/17154).
A national qualification database is planned to be ready by mid-2019. When it is finalised, qualifications from general, VET and higher education systems will be included in the register.
The Ministry of Education and Culture has decided that a reference to corresponding EQF levels will be included on qualification certificates and diplomas on approval of the referencing report. Some institutions have proceeded with the indication of NQF and EQF levels in national qualifications databases. Full implementation is expected to be finalised by the end of 2019 (European Commission and Cedefop, 2018). Further communication is needed to raise the importance of the indication of NQF and EQF levels on new certificates, diplomas and/or Europass supplements.