The European framework for quality assurance was developed and established by the main stakeholder organisations in the field, gathered in the E4 Group: European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), European Students Union (ESU), European University Association (EUA) and European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE).

The E4 Group organisations launched the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) in 2008 at the request of European ministers of education in Bergen (2005) and London (2007) and in a move designed to improve the quality of European higher education and to promote greater student mobility. The EQAR is the first legal entity created in the context of the Bologna Process and, in addition to the E4, has a number of signatory countries, BUSINESSEUROPE and Education International as members.

As a founding member of the EQAR, ENQA is a member of its Executive Board and of the General Assembly and nominates two members of the Register Committee.

EQAR’s role is to provide clear and reliable information on credible and legitimate quality assurance agencies operating in Europe, through decisions of the Register Committee. EQAR’s objectives are to:

  • help to increase trust in and recognition of quality assured higher education institutions and their qualifications;
  • provide a basis for governments to recognise agencies from the Register and their findings or decisions;
  • provide a means for higher education institutions to choose any agency from the Register;
  • reduce opportunities for “accreditation mills” to gain credibility.

Through its independent Register Committee EQAR provides a public register of quality assurance agencies that substantially comply with the ESG. The decisions on inclusion of the Register Committee are based on an external review against the ESG.

The Register currently features 32 agencies that have demonstrated to operate in substantial compliance with the European Standard and Guidelines (situation in January 2014).

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