Research Affiliate membership

Our Research Affiliate members are companies that carry out their business in the UK and are engaged in the research and/or development of medicines for human use, but which have no sales of such products in the UK. Many of these are Contract Research or Contract Development Organisations.

How we support our Research Affiliate members

Industry monitoring and communication for members

Research members receive access to key information updates including:

  • Members’ Newsflash – weekly update on key industry news
  • UK environment report – monthly report capturing key industry news and announcements
  • Weekly proactive support on upcoming media issues
  • Government affairs report – daily political intelligence report
  • Media updates
  • Health Technology Assessment Bulletin – bimonthly report on the latest developments in HTA policy
  • Key updates and publications in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Feedback from meetings and discussions with key stakeholders in Government, the NHS and other groups.

Examples of ABPI communications: Newsflash, Environment Report, Government Affairs Report, President’s Report.  

Networks and groups

Our expert networks and groups comprise member companies and ABPI representatives with expertise in a specific area of work. Groups work on the key issues that are affecting the industry. Research Affiliate members have the opportunity to apply to join working groups in accordance with the groups terms of engagement – sometimes numbers have to be limited.. These include the clinical research expert network, and other working groups requiring research expertise.

Research Affiliate members are also able to become observers of some groups to gain full insight into activities and group discussions.

To find out more about our expert networks and working groups please contact membership services on +44 (0)20 7747 1426 or email


General Affiliates receive invitations to selective events designed to update members on topical issues, providing excellent opportunities for networking and sharing members’ views.

Our events include: ABPI Annual Conference, November Member conference, R&D Conference, and regular master classes on hot industry topics.


We continue to engage members through exclusive access to the ABPI Extranet – the portal for regular and timely communications on ABPI working groups, consultations and discussion forums.

Subscription fees

For further details about Research Affiliate membership and subscription fees, or to arrange an appointment to discuss membership engagement opportunities and benefits, please contact us directly on or +44 (0)20 7747 1414.

How to apply

To apply for membership, download the Research Affiliate application form (PDF, 405KB). Please answer all questions and send a signed copy to the address provided on the form.

All applications for membership of the ABPI are reviewed by the Board of Management. Further details about the application process can be found on our frequently asked questions page.

It is a condition of membership that members of the ABPI agree to abide by the ABPI Rules of the Constitution (PDF, 181KB).  

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