National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (NEAA)

Contact Information

Street name: N 125, Bl. V Tzarigradsko chaussee Blvd.
Postal code and City: 1113 Sofia
Country: Bulgaria
Phone/Fax: + 359 2 807 78 11/ + 359 2 971 20 68
E-mail: info@neaa.government.ng, mpenelova@neaa.government.bg
Website: www.neaa.government.bg/index.php/en
Contact person: Mila Penelova
Function of contact Person: Secretary General
Founding date: 1996

Legal Bases/ Membership

Q: What is the legal basis for your agency (non-profit organization, for-profit organization, foundation, association etc.)?
Statutory Body

Q: Who are the members of your agency?
A: N/A

Services Provided

Q: Is evaluation/accreditation by your agency a national requirement? What procedures are mandatory – if any and what are chosen voluntarily/additionally?
A: Evaluation and accreditation are required by law; Institutional/programme/regulated professions/PhD accreditations are mandatory; Voluntarily are only the evaluations of projects for opening of new higher schools, their branches/campuses, etc.

Q: Is the agency involved in programme or institutional evaluation/accreditation or both? What are the consequences of evaluation/accreditation outcomes?
A: The Agency is the only national body authorised to perform programme or institutional accreditations; As an outcome of the accreditation procedures HEI-s are granted accreditation to teach for certain fields of higher education, for a given period of time, depending on the mark received as a result of the accreditation.

Q: Please describe the structure and the activity periods of the decision-making body and state who delegates/appoints its members.
A: The decision making bodies of the Agency on accreditation procedures are:

  • The Accreditation Committee – 6 years term of office, renewed every 3 years; 11 members proposed by HEI-s, Bulgarian Academy of Science, Bulgarian Agricultural Academy and the Ministry of Education and Science in different quotas; all 11 members are appointed by the Prime Minister of Bulgaria;
  • The Standing Committees (9 committees) – 8 committees specialised in different fields of higher education and 1 committee for post-accreditation monitoring; 5 to 7 members for each committee; 3 years term of office; all members of Standing Committees are appointed by the Accreditation Committee.


Q: Can HEIs in your country choose international services from EQAR listed agencies?
A: Yes.

Q: Please mention the international links of your agency and especially list the international organizations your agency is a member in.
A: NEAA is a member of ENQA since 2008. NEAA was registered at EQAR in the period 2008-2013. Currently is a party to Bilateral Cooperation Agreements with the Romanian and the Polish Accreditation Agencies.