With South African teams soon joining the expanded Guinness PRO16, EPCR chairman Simon Haliday expects South African franchises to be allowed to qualify for the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup.
They are waiting for the three main European Leagues and six unions to sign off on a new participation agreement in 2022.
The current agreement came into existence in 2014 when the EPCR was set-up to replace the old ERC body that ran European tournaments.
When the Cheetahs and Kings joined the PRO14 they were not allowed to to take part in the Champions Cup but that looks like it will change with the new agreement.
With the Bulls, Sharks, Stormers and Lions having left Super Rugby, Halliday believes the South African franchises will become part of a revised Champions Cup and Challenge Cup competition.