On October 30th, 2018, the European Commission granted the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to EPOS.
The ERIC legal framework provides EPOS with legal personality and capacity recognised in all EU Member States and with the flexibility to adapt to the specific requirements of each infrastructure.
Based in Italy, EPOS ERIC is currently joined by seventeen countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden and the United Kingdom, and Germany and Switzerland participating as Observers.
The EPOS ERIC legal seat is hosted in Rome, at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) headquarter. The ICS Central Hub (ICS-C) is hosted in the United Kingdom (BGS) and France (BRGM) with technical operational support from Denmark (GEUS).