The European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) was formally established in January 2002 through a concerted action of the European scientific community together with funding agencies to provide a single European-based entity in IODP.
Membership in ECORD is available to European (EU and non-EU) governmental and/or national agencies (or their representatives). Organisations from non-European countries may be invited to join the Consortium upon request. From April 2005, the Consortium is composed of 18 members: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
The Implementing Organisation in Europe is the ECORD Science Operator (ESO), which undertakes mission-specific platform (MSP) operations and related scientific support for ECORD on behalf of IODP.
ECORD is advised on scientific and operational planning and coordination by the ECORD Science Support and Advisory Committee (ESSAC).