The European Peer Review Manual describes a European standard procedure for carrying out Peer Reviews in initial vocational education and training. It was developed in the course of the Leonardo da Vinci Project "Peer Review in initial VET" by a team of experts from eight institutions in seven European countries.

In 2006, 15 transnational pilot Peer Reviews were carried out in eight European countries. Recommendations based on the experiences of the pilot phase have been taken into account in the revision of the European Peer Review procedure.

The European Peer Review Manual thus presents a procedure which has passed the test of practical implementation and capitalises on the experiences gleaned from the pilot Peer Reviews.

The European Peer Review procedure implements the principles of the Common Quality Assurance Framework (CQAF) and, in turn, also seeks to contribute to the further development of the CQAF model.