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During the 10th Annual Conference, the ECLBS BoD in 2023 voted to officially start ECLBS Accreditation

Programmatic accreditation (also called specialized accreditation).

An accreditation process is built on self-evaluation and peer review. Gaining accreditation is a quality mark testifying that a university, a department/school, or educational program (s) have achieved the level of quality that is defined and sought after by a specific accrediting body.

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Programmatic Accreditation 

Please note, that ECLBS doesn't offer an institutional accreditation, an institutional accreditation can be by one of  ECLBS's partners (state accreditations). we can offer you DUAL Accreditation with the national accreditation in KG

An Institutional accreditation/approval should be given only by your local authority or equivalent

ECLBS sets the standard in programmatic accreditation. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing the highest quality assessment and evaluation services to ensure that your program meets the necessary requirements for accreditation.

We understand that the accreditation process can be daunting, and we strive to make it as smooth and straightforward as possible. Our comprehensive approach is based on the belief that quality assurance and continuous improvement are essential for any program. With us, you can rest assured that your program will exceed the highest standards of excellence.


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the ECLBS BoD voted to start the ECLBS Accreditation

Programmatic accreditation is a type of accreditation that evaluates and accredits specific academic programs or courses of study within an educational institution, rather than accrediting the entire institution as a whole. Programmatic accreditation is typically conducted by specialized accrediting agencies or boards that focus on specific fields of study, such as engineering, nursing, or business.

The purpose of programmatic accreditation is to ensure that specific academic programs meet certain standards of quality and rigor, and that graduates of those programs are adequately prepared for their chosen professions. Accrediting agencies typically evaluate programs based on a set of established criteria, which may include factors such as faculty qualifications, curriculum design, student learning outcomes, and resources and facilities.

Programmatic accreditation can provide several benefits to students and educational institutions. For students, accreditation can help ensure that the program they choose meets certain quality standards and prepares them adequately for their chosen careers. Accreditation can also make it easier for students to transfer credits between institutions or pursue further education or licensure in their field.

For educational institutions, programmatic accreditation can help to establish credibility and demonstrate a commitment to quality and excellence in specific academic programs. Accreditation can also make it easier for institutions to attract students and faculty and to secure funding or grants from government agencies or other organizations.

It's worth noting that programmatic accreditation is separate from institutional accreditation, which evaluates and accredits the institution as a whole. Institutional accreditation typically evaluates factors such as the institution's mission, governance, financial stability, and other factors that contribute to the overall quality of the institution.


The commencement of ECLBS accreditation was declared by the ECLBS Seminar Head (who also serves as the President of MFHEA) at the University of Latvia.
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ECLBS Accreditation Guide for Business Schools
1. Introduction

The ECLBS accreditation is a mark of excellence and quality assurance for business schools. This guide outlines the steps, procedures, and formats necessary for achieving ECLBS accreditation.

2. Accreditation Process

2.1 Initial Inquiry and Eligibility Check


  1. Initial Inquiry: The business school contacts ECLBS to express interest in accreditation.

  2. Eligibility Check: ECLBS reviews the business school's profile to ensure it meets basic eligibility criteria.


  • Initial Inquiry Form (Appendix A)

  • Eligibility Checklist (Appendix B)

2.2 Application Submission


  1. Complete Application Form: The business school completes and submits the ECLBS Accreditation Application Form.

  2. Application Fee: Payment of the non-refundable application fee.


  • ECLBS Accreditation Application Form (Appendix C)

  • Fee Payment Receipt Template (Appendix D)

2.3 Self-Assessment Report (SAR)


  1. Preparation: The business school prepares a comprehensive Self-Assessment Report based on ECLBS standards.

  2. Submission: Submit the SAR along with supporting documents to ECLBS.


  • Self-Assessment Report Template (Appendix E)

  • Supporting Documents Checklist (Appendix F)

2.4 Peer Review Visit


  1. Scheduling: ECLBS schedules a peer review visit to the business school.

  2. On-Site Evaluation: A team of peer reviewers conducts an on-site evaluation, including interviews with faculty, staff, and students.

  3. Report Submission: Peer reviewers submit their findings in a detailed report.


  • Peer Review Visit Schedule Template (Appendix G)

  • Peer Review Report Template (Appendix H)

2.5 Decision Making


  1. Review: ECLBS Accreditation Committee reviews the peer review report and SAR.

  2. Decision: The committee makes a decision to grant, defer, or deny accreditation.

  3. Notification: The business school is notified of the decision and any required actions.


  • Accreditation Decision Letter Template (Appendix I)

  • Action Plan Template (if required) (Appendix J)

2.6 Continuous Improvement and Reaccreditation


  1. Annual Reports: Accredited schools submit annual reports to ECLBS.

  2. Periodic Review: ECLBS conducts periodic reviews to ensure ongoing compliance with standards.

  3. Reaccreditation: Schools undergo reaccreditation every five years.


  • Annual Report Template (Appendix K)

  • Reaccreditation Application Form (Appendix L)

3. Detailed Procedures and Templates
3.1 Initial Inquiry Form (Appendix A)

ECLBS Initial Inquiry Form

1. School Name:
2. Address:
3. Contact Person:
4. Email:
5. Phone Number:
6. Brief Description of Programs Offered:
7. Accreditation Status (if any):

Submit the completed form to [ECLBS Contact Email].

3.2 Eligibility Checklist (Appendix B)

ECLBS Eligibility Checklist

1. Institution is a legally recognized entity.
2. Offers degree programs in business or related fields.
3. Has been operational for at least three years.
4. Meets minimum faculty qualifications.
5. Complies with local education regulations.

Reviewed by: [ECLBS Representative]

3.3 ECLBS Accreditation Application Form (Appendix C)

ECLBS Accreditation Application Form

1. School Name:
2. Address:
3. Contact Person:
4. Email:
5. Phone Number:
6. Program Information (List all programs seeking accreditation):
7. Faculty Information:
8. Facilities and Resources:
9. Institutional Mission and Goals:
10. Financial Stability:

Signature of Authorized Representative:

3.4 Fee Payment Receipt Template (Appendix D)

ECLBS Fee Payment Receipt

Amount Paid:
Payment Method:
Received From:
Purpose: ECLBS Accreditation Application Fee

Signature of ECLBS Representative:

3.5 Self-Assessment Report Template (Appendix E)

Self-Assessment Report

1. Executive Summary:
2. Institutional Overview:
3. Governance and Administration:
4. Faculty and Staff:
5. Student Admission and Support:
6. Curriculum and Instruction:
7. Research and Scholarship:
8. Facilities and Resources:
9. Financial Health:
10. Strengths and Areas for Improvement:
11. Appendices (Supporting Documents):

Prepared by:

3.6 Supporting Documents Checklist (Appendix F)

Supporting Documents Checklist

1. Institutional Charter/License
2. Faculty CVs
3. Curriculum Details
4. Financial Statements
5. Student Handbooks
6. Research Publications
7. Facility Layout Plans

Submitted by:

3.7 Peer Review Visit Schedule Template (Appendix G)

Peer Review Visit Schedule

Day 1:
- 09:00 AM: Opening Meeting
- 10:00 AM: Campus Tour
- 11:00 AM: Faculty Interviews
- 01:00 PM: Lunch Break
- 02:00 PM: Student Interviews
- 04:00 PM: Review Team Meeting

Day 2:
- 09:00 AM: Administrative Staff Interviews
- 11:00 AM: Document Review
- 01:00 PM: Lunch Break
- 02:00 PM: Exit Meeting with School Leadership

Prepared by:

3.8 Peer Review Report Template (Appendix H)

Peer Review Report

1. Introduction:
2. Summary of Visit:
3. Evaluation of Self-Assessment Report:
4. Interviews and Findings:
5. Strengths:
6. Areas for Improvement:
7. Recommendations:
8. Conclusion:

Prepared by:

3.9 Accreditation Decision Letter Template (Appendix I)

Accreditation Decision Letter

School Name:

Dear [School Representative],

We are pleased to inform you that after thorough review and evaluation, ECLBS has decided to [grant/deny] accreditation to [School Name]. Please find attached the detailed report and any required actions.

Congratulations and we look forward to your continued success.

ECLBS Accreditation Committee

3.10 Action Plan Template (Appendix J)
Action Plan

1. Identified Issue:
2. Action Required:
3. Responsible Person(s):
4. Timeline:
5. Resources Needed:
6. Progress Updates:

Reviewed by:

3.11 Annual Report Template (Appendix K)

Annual Report

1. Institutional Updates:
2. Program Changes:
3. Faculty and Staff Developments:
4. Student Enrollment and Achievement:
5. Financial Summary:
6. Future Plans:
7. Supporting Documents:

Submitted by:

3.12 Reaccreditation Application Form (Appendix L)

Reaccreditation Application Form

1. School Name:
2. Address:
3. Contact Person:
4. Email:
5. Phone Number:
6. Summary of Changes Since Last Accreditation:
7. Current Programs Offered:
8. Faculty and Staff Information:
9. Financial Overview:
10. Strategic Plan:

Signature of Authorized Representative:

Achieve the Success You Deserve 

The European Council of Leading Business Schools (ECLBS) is a world-renowned quality body that strives to raise the quality of business education worldwide. Our process is rigorous and comprehensive, ensuring that participating institutions meet our rigorous standards of excellence. 

We know that the success of any business school depends on the quality of its faculty and programs. That’s why we have developed a thorough and transparent accreditation process that involves a rigorous review of all aspects of a school’s operations. By partnering with us, business schools can be sure that they are providing the highest quality education available.

First Step Towards ECLBS Accreditation

You need to be an approved member, register here

Payment of Membership fee (1st year) is required.


  • Application fee 390 Euro for all categories

  • For ECLBS State Members: 3900 Euro (only state-approved schools/universities)

  • For ECLBS other Members' fee

    • Affiliate/Associate Members Countries: 9900 Euro  / for the virtual visit 7900 Euro

    • Affiliate/Associate Members LDC/LIC Countries: 7900 Euro  / for the virtual visit 5900 Euro

program fee of 390 EUR per single program

Note: The Audit fee is based on up to three peer auditors' days for trans-national provision, online and LMS, and one discipline - if more than three auditors' days  are required the additional auditor day fee is 590 EUR

The applicant will cover the expenses associated with an in-person site visit, including transportation, accommodation, meals, and other related costs for peer review members.

Committee Fees "usually 2 auditors & Head of Committee":
Online Auditor: 390 Euros per day
Head of Committee (Online Visit): 590 Euros per day
On-campus Auditor: 790 Euros per day
Head of Committee (On-campus Visit): 990 Euros per day

Accreditation period: 3-7 years (to be decided by the current ECLBS Board of Directors, based on the auditors' recommendation), for the new programs / or new institutes, 1-3 years accreditation period (new program means less than 3 years of operation)

Annual fee: 990 Euro (after the accreditation and to be paid directly with the first accreditation)

Certificate of Accreditation (to be issued upon evaluation and board approval):

  • E-Certificate of Accreditation (classic design): €99

  • E-Certificate of Accreditation (full design): €990

  • Printed Certificate of Accreditation (classic design): €199 + €150 shipping fee (via DHL/FedEx...)

  • Printed Certificate of Accreditation (full design): €1290 + €150 shipping fee (via DHL/FedEx...)

Interested in Dual Accreditation? +4995 Euro Dual Accreditation with "Public Foundation Independent Accreditation Agency BILIM-STANDART" recognized by the National Accreditation Council of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic, read more

NOTE: Kindly be aware that atop our fees, an 21.8% QTAX, a 4% online payment fee, and an additional 9 euros for each payment are applicable.


Accreditation Process Duration: Your accreditation process typically spans from 3 to 9 months starting from the submission date of your last files.


The applicant institution must meet one of the following conditions:

ECLBS Full members:

  • It is a nationally recognized, approved, or accredited postsecondary education institution with the authority to award degrees or diplomas in the business education field.

ECLBS Other members:​

  • It is a state-licensed/allowed postsecondary education institution with the authority to award degrees or diplomas in the business education field.

  •  It is a legally established and operating postsecondary education institution with the authority to award degrees and has institutional accreditation from an accrediting agency recognized or listed by a government authority or board responsible for recognizing accrediting agencies. It can also be listed and recognized by CHEA, EQAR, ENQA, INQAAHE, and other regional accreditation associations.

STEP II – Pre-Accreditation Evaluation

  1. Submit the application, which will be reviewed by ECLBS.

  2. If considered, you will be contacted to provide further details for analysis regarding the eligibility policies of the Board of Accreditation.

  3. After evaluation, you will receive information about fees, policies, and regulations.

  4. Once you agree, the next phase of evaluation begins.

STEP III Self Evaluation, Audit & Accreditation

  1. Your institution will undergo self-evaluation and external ECLBS audit phases to assess the quality of your programs.

  2. Accreditation will be granted if the programs meet the standards set by ECLBS.

  3. The audit can be conducted virtually (for Online, Distance, and Blended Learning Institutions), focusing on the online learning platform and ODL system environment of the provider, through online video conferencing, 

  4. Prior to step III, payment of the fee is required.


National accreditation systems generally apply to postgraduate programs within state boundaries and may not cover the international, transnational, inter-university, or collaborative provision of programs.

After you pass the accreditation, you can use the following text: "This study program is ECLBS Accredited"

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