The purpose of the contract is to consolidate and update the information on the European Inventory of validation of non-formal and informal learning. The European Inventory has been published in 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2014 collecting information on validation practices in Member States and other European countries in order to support decision makers and practitioners . This 2016 update will collect information for 32 countries and should build on the latest version that takes into account the principles outlined in the 2012 Council Recommendation on validation of non-formal and informal learning . In addition, the contract also aims at further connecting the inventory to the European guidelines on validation. The Guidelines are intended as a practical tool, providing expert advice for the implementation of validation arrangements. A first version of the Guidelines was published in 2009 and it is being reviewed during the second half of 2014. The 2016 update will build on the new guidelines. The study will include also insights on specific themes of interest in the area of validation through thematic studies.

This call has been published in the Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union 2014/S 173-305759 of 10/09/2014.

Deadline of submitting tenders: 21/10/2014 (17h00 for hand-delivered tenders).

Requests for additional information/clarification should be received by 13/10/2014.

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