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The European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE) is an international autonomous organisation established by the chiropractic profession in Europe to accredit and re-accredit programmes providing first qualification chiropractic education and training. Its goal is to establish standards of excellence for the education and training of chiropractors as safe and competent primary contact practitioners.

The ECCE’s standards are intended for use by chiropractic programmes, both in the public university and private sectors, predominately (but not exclusively) in Europe:

  • as part of programme self-evaluation
  • for external review of programmes by the ECCE
  • by international committees and bodies involved in the recognition and accreditation of chiropractic programmes worldwide

Once a programme has demonstrated that it is in substantial compliance with the standards and has graduated its first cohort of students, the programme is accredited for up to eight years.

The ECCE is a founding member of the Councils on Chiropractic Education International (CCEI) together with the Canadian and Australasian Councils on Chiropractic Education (CCEs). It is the only external quality assurance agency for chiropractic education and training in Europe that is a member of CCEI, that adheres to the CCEI International Chiropractic Accreditation Standards.and that is recognised by the chiropractic profession and other CCEs worldwide.

In October 2023, having undergone an external review co-ordinated by ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance of Higher Education), the ECCE was awarded full membership of ENQA for five years.