Review of CPRD’s licensing model

21 December 2018

We have improved our data provision services to better meet customer needs

We’ve recently carried out a review of CPRD’s pricing model, to ensure that our public health research services are sustainable for the future.

In addition to providing CPRD GOLD, CPRD’s research services now include CPRD Aurum, containing primary care data from GP practices using EMIS GP software. The introduction of CPRD Aurum means three times as much primary care data is available from CPRD for research. Data from English GP practices in CPRD Aurum are also linked as part of the standard data linkages, providing a threefold increase in total linked data available than with CPRD GOLD alone.

The fees for CPRD’s research services have not changed since 2009, despite rising costs associated with increasing population coverage and expanding data linkage services. We have therefore reviewed our service model so we can continue to offer researchers affordable access to increasing volumes of high quality research-ready data for public health studies now and into the future.

As a not-for-profit, cost recovery UK government research service, CPRD must recoup the cost of delivering research services from data access licence fees. As a result of our review, our licensing model and prices are changing. If your organisation currently has a licence with CPRD we are writing to your account manager about this separately.

Our new licences, which include access to both CPRD GOLD and CPRD Aurum, will be available online from Spring 2019.

For further information on our revised licence model please see our Pricing web page or contact if you have any questions.