TERMCAT, the centre for terminology in the Catalan language, was established in 1985 by the Government of Catalonia and the Institute of Catalan Studies.

TERMCAT's mission is to ensure the development and integration of Catalan terminology into both specialist sectors and society in general through the constant creation of innovative, quality tools and resources in permanent dialogue with experts and users. TERMCAT's activities take place within the framework of the process of standardising the Catalan language and in a global context determined by the knowledge society, diversity and multilingualism.

In accordance with its statutes, TERMCAT is a consortium with its own independent legal status, constituted by the Generalitat or Government of Catalonia – which is its principal source of funding – the Institute of Catalan Studies – which plays the role of reference in terminology standardisation – and the Consortium for Linguistic Standardisation – which ensures dissemination throughout Catalonia. TERMCAT is attached to the Ministry of Culture of the Government of Catalonia.

TERMCAT is governed by a Board of Management on which the bodies that form part of the afore-mentioned consortium are represented. The work of terminology standardisation, that is to say, establishing new proposals regarding terminology necessary for the development of knowledge in different specialist areas, is the responsibility of a decision-making body known as the Supervisory Council. The fact that the Council’s composition includes several members of the Institute of Catalan Studies and that it is chaired by a member of its Philology Section ensures that its particular tasks are carried out in harmony with the overall work of systemising the Catalan language.

TERMCAT also enjoys a high standing in international spheres and regularly cooperates with the work of multilingual terminology networks.