Independent Agency for Accreditation and Rating (IAAR)

Contact Information

Street name: Baurzhan Momyshuly Avenue 2
Postal code and City: 010000 Astana
Country: Republic of Kazakhstan
Phone/Fax: +7 (7172) 45-24-02/+7(7172) 45-22-02
E-mail: iaar@inbox.ru
Website: www.iaar.kz 
Introductory presentation:
Contact person: Timur Kanapyanov
Function of contact person: Manager of International Projects
Founding year: November 24, 2011


Independent Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (IQAA)

Contact Information

Street name: Dostyq Street 20, Office 801
Postal code and City: 020000 Astana
Country: Kazakhstan
Phone/Fax: +7717-273820
E-mail: skalanova@iqaa.kz
Website: www.iqaa.kz
Contact person: Prof. Sholpan Kalanova
Function of contact person: President
Founding year: 2008


The Eurasian Сentre for Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Health care (ECAQA)

Contact Information

Street name: 75, Karasay Batyr Street
Postal code and City: 050029 Almaty
Country: Republic of Kazakhstan
Phone/Fax: +7727 3023988
E-mail: info@ecaqa.org
Website: http://www.ecaqa.org/
Contact person: Professor Saule Sarsenbayeva MD, DmedSc., MBA
Function of contact person: Director General of ECAQA
Founding year: 2016
Legal status: non-governmental non-profit organisation
International Links and membership:

ENQA Affiliate; Full Member of INQAAHE, APQN;

Member of the CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG).   ECAQA has signed the Memorandum of Affiliation: Promotion Partnership in Quality Assurance to implement CHEA’s International Quality Principles (2015).

ECAQA is a non-governmental non-profit organization that was established on November 12, 2016 and started its operation as quality assurance agency in medical and other healthcare professions education in February 6, 2017. ECAQA is recognised by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan and included on the National Register of Recognised Accrediting Agency (Register 1). 

ECAQA is listed in Directory of Organizations that Recognize/Accredit Medical Schools (DORA) of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), USA. ECAQA as a specialized/professional accreditation agency in medicine, biomedicine and health sciences is included in the Council for Higher Education Accreditation International Quality Group (CHEA/CIQG) International Directory.

ECAQA is based on the fundamental principles of the World Health Organization and World Federation for Medical Education (WHO/WFME) Guidelines for accreditation of medical education as well as the Standards and guidelines for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG 2015) and involves principal stakeholders in accreditation process.

ECAQA’s organisational structure is approved by the ECAQA Board and includes ECAQA’s Accreditation Council that consists of 15 Members with educational background in medicine and other healthcare professions education and all members are highly esteemed and respected within the profession and international standing. All main groups of stakeholders (Parliament of Republic of Kazakhstan, Ministry of Health, Professional Associations in Medicine, Public Health, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Kazakhstan Nursing Colleges Union, Employers, Students’ Union) are well represented in the ECAQA Accreditation Council as well as it includes the representatives from the Russian Federation, Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of Armenia.

ECAQA’s Management Office Team (6 full-time staff) is led by the Director General and consists of the Chair of Expert Board (part-time), Adviser (part-time), Chairs of the Department for Planning and Administration, Department for Accreditation and Monitoring, Department for International Collaboration, Department for IT and Public Relations. ECAQA’s primarily purpose is to ensure and improve academic quality, training of health professionals as well as promoting the establishment and development of transparent national quality assurance system on health professions education through the introduction of the international principles of good practice in quality assurance (WHO/WFME, ENQA, APQN, INQAAHE).

The objectives of ECAQA are support of higher education institutions in their capacity building process, introduction of the quality culture within institutions, provision of the educational expertise in health professions education and public health and making a contribution towards the harmonisation and integration of national education system into the International and European Higher Education and Research Area. ECAQA ensures that accredited higher education institutions and educational programmes meet the ECAQA Standards for Institutional and Specialized (Programmatic) accreditation based on the WFME Global Standards for Quality Improvement in Basic, Postgraduate Medical Education and CPD, Master and PhD programmes in Biomedicine and Health Sciences in association with ORPHEUS, AMSE (2015) and ESG (2015).

Agency for Recognition and Quality Assurance in Education (ARQA)

Contact Information

Street name: Baurzhan Momyshuly Avenue 19a
Postal code and City: 010010 Astana
Country: Republic of Kazakhstan
Phone/Fax: +7 777 522 29 22; +7 (7172) 79 25 50
E-mail: Office@arqa.kz
Website: http://arqa.kz
Contact person: Azamat Kassymkhanov
Function of contact person: Director
Founding year: 2015
Legal status:
ARQA is a non-profit  independent organization.
International Links and membership: Full membership – INQAAHE, Affiliate member – ENQA