EIARD is implemented by a European Coordination Group (ECG) consisting of representatives of each Member, appointed by their respective governments or the European Commission.
The ECG is therefore accountable to both individual European Governments (through their representatives) and to the EU Council of Ministers and the European Parliament, through the Commission.
The ECG elects an EIARD Chair from among its members, to serve for an agreed period of two to three years. The European Commission is permanent EIARD Vice-Chair.
An EIARD Executive Secretary, is provided by one of the members, and hosted by the DG Research of the European Commission as a seconded national expert. The Executive Secretary is responsible for the day-to-day management of EIARD.
A Working Group (WG) consisting of voluntary EIARD members ensures the continuing activities of EIARD, and operates as an "Executive Committee". It meets about four times a year, and is fully accountable to the ECG. The EIARD Chair chairs the WG.
A voluntary WG Member leads one of the EIARD strategic outputs to ensure that its outcomes are achieved in line with the EIARD strategy (Strategy Leaders).
The WG is assisted by ad hoc Task Forces, and Expert Leads, who prepare draft reports and positions on specific issues, for endorsement by the WG and eventually the ECG.