Our governance and policies

Cochrane's governing body is the Cochrane Steering Group, comprising 13 representatives elected from the collaboration's core contributor groups and responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of organizational policy. Cochrane is a registered charity in the United Kingdom and the Steering Group serves as our Board of Trustees. See the full membership of the Steering Group.

The Steering Group oversees the work of Cochrane's Chief Executive Officer and Central Executive team, which supports development and delivery of all work across Cochrane groups and projects. (See more information about our organizational structure.)

Cochrane is in the process of transition to a new Steering Group structure in 2016. Further information is available on the Community website.

   Cindy Farquhar
Co-Chairs of the Cochrane Steering Group, 2015: Lisa Bero (L) and Cindy Farquhar

Cochrane has developed comprehensive resources to address issues relevant to editorial and organizational policy.

The Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource is available on the Community website.

Organizational policy information relevant to the wider organization and the general public is available here on cochrane.org.

Organizational policy information relevant to the core Cochrane community is available on the Community website.


We work to ensure transparency across all areas of Cochrane.  Most of the documents considered by our Steering Group and the Minutes of its meetings are Open Access and available online.  Our Organizational Policy Manual also includes a comprehensive Conflict of Interest policy which applies to all Cochrane contributors.