European Digital Credentials for Learning

European Digital Credentials for Learning are a recently launched EU standard for issuing education credentials (e.g. diplomas, transcripts of records, etc.). DEQAR data can be automatically loaded into the Accreditation Database that underpins the built-in verification for official qualifications.

European Digital Credentials for Learning are designed in a tamper-proof digital format with authentication and verification checks built in. The standard was developed by the European Union (EU). The Europass Qualifications Dataset Register (QDR) underpins and feeds the Accreditation Database against which European Digital Credentials are verified.

EQAR manages the pan-European Database of External Quality Assurance Results (DEQAR) of more than 50 000 external quality assurance reports (i.e. accreditations and evaluations) on nearly 3000 HEIs, based mainly in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). The database includes reports aligned with the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the EHEA (ESG) and is being constantly updated by the EQAR-registered agencies.

DEQAR data can be loaded into the QDR on a per-country basis and then feed the Accreditation Database against which European Digital Credentials are verified. This facilitates the issuance of digital credentials for all higher education institutions whose external quality assurance can be found in DEQAR: their credentials can be cleared as accredited without the need for additional data export or software development at national level.

Your national Europass centre or EQF national coordination point are the authorised representatives who can access the QDR system and activate the link.

Please refer to the step-by-step guide how to activate the DEQAR-QDR link for details, or contact Aleksandra Zhivkovikj or Colin Tück for further information.