National information centres have been set up in all 55 signatory states, in accordance with legal obligations under the Lisbon Recognition Convention.
These are usually organizations affiliated with/mandated by the respective competent authorities to answer public inquiries and provide information on:
- mobility opportunities for study or work purposes;
- education systems, recognized educational institutions, and academic programs;
- assessment and recognition of international academic credentials to study or work.
A Code of Good Practice in the Provision of Information on Recognition was adopted in 2004, as well as Guidelines for National Online Information Systems; in 2019, to guide their mandate and establish best practices. As a whole, individual national information centres collaborate on an ongoing basis through ENIC-NARIC. For more information, consult the ENIC-NARIC Web site.
CICIC is Canada's national information centre and fulfills Canada's obligations with respect to the convention. As such, CICIC is Canada's representative to ENIC-NARIC and held the presidency or vice-presidency of ENIC from 2004 to 2008 and from 2013 to 2014. For more information, consult CICIC's About us section.