Appeals and Complaints


Through an appeal, an institution may question the formal outcome (the decision) of a process.

Since the ECTE Council acts for an autonomous and voluntary association of evangelical institutions of biblical and theological training, its decisions cannot be put in question by appeal to public law or to public courts. Two levels of appeal are available to a school that does not agree with a decision made by the Council.

First Level appeals must be made in written form to the Council itself though the General Secretary  at The appeal must specify the formal outcome (decision) and the related process to which the appeal relates and include relevant documentation. The Council will discuss the appeal and reply in written form to the institution. If necessary a visit or other forms of personal contact will be organized.

If the first level appeal is not satisfactory, the school may write a Second Level appeal to the General Assembly of the ECTE that meets every two years. Second level appeals should be sent to the General Secretary at and brought to the General Assembly which will designate an ad hoc committee to deal with the specific appeal. Both the Council and the institution must submit to the decision of this committee. Failure to do so will cause the re-election of the Council or the exclusion of the institution from membership. Once the appeal procedure is complete, the ad hoc committee will disband.

All appeal procedures and relative results and statistics will be published on this page of ECTE website.

Procedure approved by the General Assembly, 2007


A complaint allows an institution to state its dissatisfaction with the conduct or the consistency of the process or those carrying it out.

A complains procedure is due for approval by the ECTE Council November 2020 and will be published here.

Appeals and complaints results and statistics

To date, there have been no appeals to the decisions of the ECTE Council nor complaints regarding the conduct of the accreditation processes.