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The European Consortium for Accreditation in higher education (ECA) is an association of recognised accreditation and quality assurance agencies in Europe.
The vision of ECA is to act as an internationally acknowledged driver of innovation in accreditation and quality assurance in higher education. With its expertise, networking and services ECA contributes to the implementation of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), promotes internationalisation of higher education and “state of the art” activities of its members.
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ECA currently has 16 members from 11 countries. All members are quality assurance agencies in EHEA countries that undertake accreditation or accreditation-like procedures. Members pay an annual fee of 4,000 EUR.
QA agencies outside the EHEA (or agencies from EHEA that do not fulfil all membership criteria yet) can participate as observers in all meetings of ECA after approved by the ECA Board. At the moment ECA has 3 observers. Observers pay an annual fee of 2,000 EUR.
Requirements for ECA membership
The applying agency has to:
- be established by law as corporate body or be based on national or regional regulations or agreements;
- have accreditation or accreditation-like practices as one of its principal functions;
- contribute actively to the aims of the Association;
- Fulfill the ECA Code of Good Practice and/or the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance.
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ECA is a professional organisation that strives for continuous progress in the area of accreditation and external quality assurance, facilitates mutual recognition of qualifications, promotes internationalisation of higher education and creates transparency in QA to the benefit of students, HE institutions and society.
The ECA objectives are:
- to achieve mutual recognition of accreditation and quality assurance decisions, to enhance the conditions for such mutual recognition, especially for joint programmes;
- to provide a platform for mutual learning and disseminating experiences with accreditation and accreditation-like practises;
- to provide transparent information on quality;
- to facilitate the internationalisation of institutions and students and, furthermore,
- to perform any and all acts relating to the foregoing in the broadest sense.