In the field of IT, many competence frameworks exist. An important framework is the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF) that quite recently has been appointed as a standard by the European Committee for Standardization CEN. In this paper we define quality characteristics for competence frameworks and show how the e-CF has been mapped on descriptions of the IT domain. Our conclusion is that the e-CF does comply almost fully with the formulated quality standards. According to our mappings, the e- CF covers the IT domain, albeit on some topics better than on others. To overcome the deficiencies identified, we advise to add to the e-CF a more explicit mentioning of attitude aspects and of the contexts in which the various competences are to be employed.