16 May 2012
Global Research Business Network agrees on a programme of work for 2012-2013
Following meetings in London and Miami attended by representatives of national associations in 17 countries, the Global Research Business Network has agreed on a programme of work for 2012-13.
Each element of the programme will be led by one federation in the network.
EFAMRO will lead development in the area of standards and self regulation. This will include a comparison of existing codes of conduct used by GRBN members. In identifying areas of commonality and difference, this document will assist research businesses seeking to expand into new markets. It will also lay the ground for future discussions on revising and reconciling codes where possible.
ARIA will lead the development of new initiatives to measure the growth and predict the future development of the research sector. This will build on ARIA’s successful State of the Business Survey and will encompass all GRBN member countries, including major developing markets.
APRC will lead development of GRBN information resources. This will not only create a central resource for shared knowledge and information, but will also feed into the development of conferences, training and qualifications across the network. It will be the cornerstone of a community of practice dedicated to promoting and advancing the business of research.
“The business of our members will be enhanced as a result of the global collaboration represented by GRBN,” said Jeffrey Resnick, Board Chair of CASRO, an ARIA member. He added, “We are excited about the opportunity this represents and are enthusiastically in support of this initiative. We have no doubt that the establishment of GRBN will prove to be an important milestone in the global research business.”
Commenting on the programme, Michihiro Ota, APRC Secretary-General, said, “We are hoping to offer members a repository of useful information that they can reference in their day to day professional life, both as a business owner and research professional”.
Andrew Cannon, EFAMRO President, commented, “GRBN is the embodiment of an open and generous commitment by 25 national associations and their regional federations to work more closely together to serve the research business community. Our work on standards will reduce barriers to international research and provide welcome harmonisation of rules where possible.”
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Notes to editors
The Global Research Business Network connects 25 research associations and over 2500 research businesses on five continents. More than US$24.6 billion (€18.54 billion) in annual research revenues (turnover) are represented by these businesses.
Our mission is to promote and advance the business of research by developing and supporting strong autonomous national research associations. We do this by:
• Sharing information and expertise to strengthen and develop national associations to deliver value to their members;
• Promoting development of research technologies and insights through creating additional opportunities for cross-border exchanges amongst research associations, communities and businesses;
• Promoting international ethical and quality standards;
• Promoting effective self regulation at the national level and developing solutions to resolve complaints about multi-country and cross-border projects;
• Developing guidance on cross-border trade issues such as outsourcing and sub-contracting;
• Identifying needs and potential partnerships between national associations.
More information on the Global Research Business Network is available from www.grbn.org
Information on the federations and their member associations are available from their websites: