The aim of the Association is threefold:
The aims and the structure of ECA are defined in the ECA Statutes.
ECA consists of member agencies, a Board and secretariat, four working groups, and project groups. The organisations participating in ECA meet annually in a plenary workshop. There are also annual seminars or conferences with participation of stakeholders such as institutions, students, recognition bodies, government representatives and employers.
The members of the Association decide each year on the annual membership contribution and approve the budget. The basic activities of the Association are funded from the contributions of its members. In order to fund specific activities, ECA may apply and receive financial support from other parties.
ECA has been founded in 2003 with the primary aim of mutual recognition of accreditation decisions