The Managing Board in October 1996 accepted the recommendation of a small Strategy Advisory Group that an Executive Committee be formed to slim down the administration. Following the reporting of an Administrative Review Committee the Board determined the structure of this Committee at its meeting in October 1997. It should be noted that the membership of the Committee is not identical to that of the "Executive Committee" described in the ERCOFTAC By-Laws; the current Committee is created within the powers of the Managing Board and with the tacit approval of the General Assembly meeting of October 1997.
At the start of 1998 the Board moved to holding its meetings once a year, generally in autumn. The Executive Committee meets in spring in place of the former other Board meeting; it met for the first time on 5th May 1998 in Brussels. Either a Board or an Executive Committee meeting follows the meetings of the Scientific Programme Committee and the Industrial Programme Committee, and considers their recommendations as well as other matters.