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This report highlights European aspects of a larger study investigating a particular facet of the UK R&D scene. It also investigates the activities of contract research organisations (CROs)in other member states. The number of CROs in the UK was estimated at 70, with 45 of these belonging to the Association of Independent Research and Technology Organisation (AIRTO). Income is derived from information services, consultancy, manufacturing, training courses, membership fees and other services. UK CROs believe they are world experts in particular fields, allowing them to undertake a significant amount of work outside the UK. 97% of such work carried out in the EC takes place in only 5 member states - France, Germany, Holland, Italy and the UK. 75% of CROs linked to AIRTO are involved in EC R&D programmes primarily as participants, the task of project leader/co-ordinator being considered too onerous. Two main problems associated with participation were identified: (i) finding and communicating with potential overseas partners; (ii) ensuring project specifications met EC requirements. The single European market is seen as an opportunity for CROs to expand their business and client base, though some expressed concern that competition will not be on an equal basis in all member states.

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Authors: RINGE M J, SEPSU, London (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14578 EN (1992) 59 pp., FS, ECU 7.50
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-4610-6
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