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, three working groups, and a Certification Group. 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.
18 quality assurance agencies from 11 countries are currently members of ECA. Membership of the Consortium is open to organisations in the Bologna signatory countries that fulfil admission criteria
The work of ECA is mainly carried out by its working groups and committees