About the ECA Foundation

As the leading European organisation with regard to pharmaceutical Quality Assurance and GMP compliance, the ECA Foundation is a not for profit organization – headed by a Foundation Board and a Trustee. Its legal status is a Sheltered Foundation which is controlled by a lawyer who acts as the Trustee of the Foundation. The Trustee is responsible for the supervision of the statutes (charter) of the organisation. The official representative of the organisation is the Chair (Dr Afshin Hosseiny).

The goals of the ECA Foundation are:

  • To facilitate the exchange of information between representatives of the industry, the medicines authorities and the universities in the field of pharmaceutical quality assurance, especially with regard to the area of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
  • To promote the move towards a harmonised set of GMP and regulatory guidelines by providing information and interpretation of new or updated guidances and
  • to issue position papers where appropriate to influence and harmonise regulations and to facilitate networking

The Foundation is comprised of an educational organisation (ECA Academy) and various non-profit Interest and Working Groups - providing comprehensive information and training services. The ECA Academy offers basic and advanced training courses and conferences as well as various well-recognised certification programmes. The Interest and Working Groups - such as the European QP Association - develop guideline documents and white papers, supporting the information exchange between industry and regulatory authorities. In addition, Task Forces bringing together experts across industry are created on demand, e. g. to comment on new draft Guidelines.

The modern structure of the ECA Foundation allows to develop and include the activities of these groups and to have more flexibility to build new groups that support the needs of our ECA Academy’s members. Close to 4,000 members in the Foundation’s educational organisation ECA Academy from all over Europe and abroad represent more than 60 countries.

To learn more about the ECA please also see the ECA Foundation Image Folder and two videos about the services ECA provides and about social Events at every course and conference - as well as the Q&As.