The Malta Qualifications Council [MQC] is a national accrediting Agency for the development, assessment, certification and accreditation of qualifications other than those in compulsory education and degrees. Since August 2008, the Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre (MQRIC) and the Office of the Mutual Recognition Coordinator are also part of MQC. It is responsible to the Ministry of Education, Employment and the Family. The overall objective of MQC is to steer the development of the National Qualifications Framework and to oversee the training and certification leading to qualifications within the Framework and which is not already provided for at compulsory education institutions or degree awarding bodies. MQC also promotes and facilitates life-long learning access, transfer and progress and fosters the recognition abroad of professional and vocational certificates awarded in Malta under these regulations. MQC is governed by a Council appointed by the Minister of Education, Employment and the Family.