The International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) provides a thorough discussion regarding accreditation and Quality Assurance Agencies (www.INQAAHE.org).
The US Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) also provides an important discussion regarding accreditation and includes questions to consider towards evaluating if an agency or institution is bogus (www.CHEA.org).
ATHEA will seek recognition by EQAR (the European Quality Assurance Register) once it is eligible. In order to be eligible for EQAR, ATHEA as adopted for use in forming its accreditation standards and expectations the Standards and guidelines for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) as adopted by the EU Ministers in May 2015 (http://www.enqa.eu/index.php/home/esg/).
Two important eligibility requirements is that ATHEA has to be in existence for at least 2 years and have 15 accredited members. Our intent is to develop accreditation standards and expectations aligned with the ESG and have the prerequisite accredited members within the next 2-3 years.