Our governance and policies


Cochrane is a charity registered in the United Kingdom and is governed under our Articles of Association.

Cochrane's Governing Board comprises 13 members, including some elected from the among Cochrane’s contributors, and some appointed external members. The Board is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of Cochrane’s strategic direction. See the full membership of the Board.

The Board 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.)

Martin Burton    Cindy Farquhar

Co-Chairs of the Cochrane Board: Martin Burton 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. Our Annual Reviews and financial reports are published on our website. Most of the documents considered by our Board and the Minutes of its meetings are Open Access and available online. Cochrane also has a comprehensive Conflict of Interest policy which applies to all Cochrane contributors.