CGFNS International is an immigration neutral nonprofit organization that helps foreign educated healthcare professionals live and work in their country of choice by assessing and validating their academic and professional credentials.

We provide foreign students and healthcare professionals with a comprehensive assessment of their academic records to facilitate their successful admission to schools in the US and other countries.

We help protect migrating healthcare professionals by advocating for ethical recruitment practices and continuously monitoring the global landscape for developing trends in employment recruitment and workplace norms.

We have NGO consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which serves as the central forum for international and social issues.


Evaluation Reports for Regulatory Authorities, Employers and Universities

Authentication and Verification of Academic and Professional Credentials

Certification and Exams for Professional Development

One-on-One Support from Anywhere in the World

Secure Electronic Document Storage and Delivery to Easily Access Verified Credentials

Research and Consulting to Support Migration and Mobility Trends








  • Certification by CGFNS International opens employment doors for nurses and other healthcare professionals because we are recognized as the global authority on the evaluation and verification of professional credentials.
  • CGFNS has an exclusive partnership with Canadian nursing regulators and the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) to evaluate and validate the credentials of foreign-educated nurses.
  • CGFNS are the only organization approved by the United States Department of Homeland Security to validate the credentials of seven foreign healthcare professions for occupational visas.
  • CGFNS goes beyond simply evaluating credentials in a checkbox fashion. Through its Education Comparability Assessment System (ECAS)™ and its Education Comparability Tool (ECT)™ CGFNS assesses comparability so that all training and experience is understood in context.
  • CGFNS partners with foreign governments and international NGOs to uphold global healthcare standards.


The vision of CGFNS International, Inc. is to be the premier source of credentials evaluation and professional development services that provide strategic value and direction to health care professionals worldwide.


The mission of CGFNS International, Inc. (also known as the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) is to serve the global community through programs and services that verify and promote the knowledge-based practice competency of health care professionals.

CGFNS International, Inc. focuses on four key objectives:

1. To develop and administer a predictive testing and evaluation program for nurses educated outside the United States.

2. To provide a credentials evaluation service for health care professionals educated and/or born outside the United States.

3. To serve as a clearinghouse for information on international nursing education and licensure.

4. To conduct and publish studies relevant to internationally educated nurses.

Latest News

Philadelphia—CGFNS International, Inc., the world’s largest credentials analysis organization serving the nursing and allied health care professions, and the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) have entered into a strategic

Philadelphia—CGFNS International, Inc., the world’s largest credentials evaluation organization for the nursing and allied healthcare professions, is pleased to announce the officers for its 2019 Board of Trustees and the

Rome—CGFNS International, Inc., President and CEO Dr. Franklin A. Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN, FFNMRCSI, was a featured speaker at the 11th National Congress of the Italian Transcultural Nursing Society in