Talk:List of contract research organizations

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Contract research organization vs. clinical research organization[edit]

This article is severely incorrect. A Contract Research Organization is a company, typically in pharma/biotech, that does work on a contract basis for another company. A Clinical Research Organization/Company is a contract research company that specifically does clinical research. Many people use the acronym CRO for both which is the basis of the confusion.

To sum, a clinical research company IS almost always a contract research company, but the opposite is not true. Thus this article should be titled List of Clinical Research Orgnizations. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

I completely agree with the previous poster that this article is misleading in its information. To label all CROs as clinical research orgs completely ignores the multi-billion dollar preclinical industry. Worse is that the references on this article refer at times to the more generic 'contract' CROs, and even talk almost entirely about preclinical (such as ref 5 to the article). This page needs major work! Gremlyn1 (talk) 17:46, 16 November 2012 (UTC)

Page Reworking[edit]

A decision needs to be reached as to whether this page should be rewritten to include a list of preclinical and clinical CROs or renamed to be just be about clincal CROs. Also, if this page is just a list, does it require much in the way of intro text and references? I assume this would link from the main CRO page where the majority of the information should already reside. Gremlyn1 (talk) 18:29, 16 November 2012 (UTC)

Merger Proposal[edit]

I propose to merge the information here into the Contract research organization article. This list is a clear spam/advertising target, and I don't think it needs a list. -- UseTheCommandLine (talk) 00:46, 26 January 2013 (UTC)

I should be clearer about the rationale for this. The scope of this list and the Contract research organization articles is not different enough to justify separate pages, and furthermore the scope of this article makes it a target for WP:NOT and WP:COI violations. The category:contract research organizations page is actually a much better list of notable CROs. I do not see any reason for this list page to exist independently of the Contract research organization article. -- UseTheCommandLine (talk) 01:01, 26 January 2013 (UTC)