The current Maldives Qualifications Authority (MQA) was first created by a Presidential Decree on 14 August, 2000 as the Maldives Accreditation Board (MAB), which was later renamed as the Maldives Qualifications Authority (MQA) on 17 May, 2010.
MQA's mandate is to assure the quality of post-secondary qualifications awarded in testimony of educational attainments. Thus, a framework was developed in 2001. It is called Maldives National Qualifications Framework (MNQF).