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When not capitalised or preceded by the programme name, the term accreditation is used below to refer either to the process of accrediting an organisation or to include both the Erasmus Accreditation and the European Solidarity Corps Quality Label.
Erasmus Accreditation is
a process to ensure that the organisations wishing to receive funding under an Action of the Erasmus+ Programme comply with a set of qualitative standards or pre-requisites laid down by the European Commission for that Action.
Depending on the type of Action or on the country where the requesting organisation is located, the Erasmus accreditation is carried out by the European Education and Culture Executive Agency, a National Agency or a SALTO Resource Centre. The Erasmus accreditation process is in place for organisations wishing to participate in higher education projects (including mobility) or in mobility activities in the field of youth.
The Quality Label is a process that certifies that an organisation is able and willing to carry out high quality solidarity activities in compliance with the principles, objectives and quality standards of the European Solidarity Corps. Obtaining a Quality Label is a precondition for participation in Volunteering activities.
Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE)
Every year, the European Commission - via the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency – publishes a specific call for proposals that sets the detailed conditions to be followed and qualitative criteria to be met in order to be awarded with an ECHE. This call is available on the website of the Executive Agency.
For HEIs established in a Partner Country, the ECHE is not required as such HEIs are not eligible to sign the Charter. However, they must adhere to the ECHE principles through inter-institutional agreements with their partner HEI established in Programme Countries.
KA120 - Erasmus Accreditations
The three KA120 - Erasmus Accreditations (Schools, VET and Adult Education) are preparatory calls for the future Erasmus programme (2021-2027).
Successful applicants for Erasmus accreditation will gain easier access to funding opportunities in the future Key Action 1 for School Education, VET or Adult Education. Current Erasmus+ VET Mobility Charter holders can also apply for this call (KA120-VET) to transfer their charter to the future programme.
KA130 - HED Erasmus accreditation for higher education mobility consortia
KA150 - YOU
Erasmus Accreditation for Youth
The Erasmus accreditation in the field of youth is a tool for organisations that want to open-up their activities to cross-border exchange and cooperation. Becoming accredited allows organisations to join the Programme and gain simplified access to funding for learning mobility activities in the field of youth under the future Erasmus programme (2021-2027).
The Quality Label is required for all organisations that wish to participate in volunteering activities, either as lead organisations or as partner organisations with host or support roles. Awarded organisations can publish their opportunities on the European Youth Portal, where they gain access to a pool of young people motivated to take part in the European Solidarity Corps.
Once awarded, Erasmus Accreditation or the Quality Label is linked to the organisation details via the Organisation ID. When the Organisation ID is entered in the form, the organisation details linked to it will automatically be inserted into the form.
Depending on the key action the accreditation reference may:
be visible but not editable
be selected from a drop down menu
be entered into a free text field
not be visible.