The Council of Europe's Recommendation CM/Rec (2008) 7 of the Committee of Ministers on the 2nd July 2008 to member states on the use of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and the promotion of plurilingualism states, inter alia, that it acknowledges "the right to quality language education as an essential part of the fundamental right to education". EAQUALS' main aim is to support this recommendation by promoting and assuring quality in language education. It does this through its audits of the quality of institutions providing language education and training, and by granting accreditation to those that meet the stringent criteria. Accredited membership of EAQUALS is awarded only after a rigorous quality assessment process. The main element of this process is an EAQUALS inspection. This is based on transparent assessment criteria, reflecting the content of the EAQUALS Charters. Audits in the form of re-inspections take place every four years so that the quality of the services provided by Accredited Members can be regularly verified.