ECA works towards a European model for the mutual recognition of accreditation and quality assurance results (or decisions). The result of ECA's work is laid down in several types of documents: main documents, mutual recognition agreements, publications, cooperation agreements and workshop conclusions.
In its efforts towards this aim ECA has developed a set of agreements on which its members can base trustworthy cooperation. These agreements are the main documents of ECA and include Code of Good Practice (2004), Principles for the Selection of Experts (2005), Joint Declaration concerning the Automatic Recognition of Qualifications (2005), Principles for accreditation procedures regarding joint programmes (2007), Principles regarding learning outcomes in accreditation procedures (2009) and Recommendations for mutual recognition of institutional evaluations (2009).
Originally, ECA worked towards the bilateral recognition of accreditation results between member agencies. This resulted in the signing of several of these mutual recognition agreements between ECA members since December 2007. Since December 2010, ECA has agreed on a multilateral agreement on the recognition of accreditation results regarding Joint Programmes (MULTRA) which agencies can join once they meet the necessary preconditions.
Finally, ECA produces several types of publications such as reports, discussion papers, research results and policy papers.
Joint programmes; Too many cooks in the kitchen?
This report presents the view of each of the stakeholders on joint programmes. The report highlights the status quo and the way forward regarding quality assurance & accreditation of joint programmes and regarding the recognition of qualifications awarded by these programmes.
The recognition of qualifications awarded by joint programmes
This publication presents the outcomes of a survey among and a workshop with recognition authorities (ENIC-NARICs). The publication highlights all the relevant issues from the perspective of recognition authorities. This has lead to a lot of surprising insights.