The organisation known as Cochrane

Cochrane is an independent international not-for-profit organization, dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily available worldwide. It produces and disseminates systematic reviews of healthcare interventions and promotes the search for evidence in the form of clinical trials and other studies of interventions. The Cochrane Collaboration was founded in 1993 and named after the British epidemiologist, Archie Cochrane (pictured below). In 2014 the organisation shortened its name to Cochrane.

The major product of Cochrane is the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews which is published as the biggest part of The Cochrane Library.

Those who prepare the reviews are mostly healthcare professionals who volunteer to work in one of the many Cochrane Review Groups, with editorial teams overseeing the preparation and maintenance of the reviews, as well as application of the rigorous quality standards for which Cochrane Reviews have become known. 

Cochrane activities are directed by an elected Steering Group and are supported by staff in Centres, Review Groups, Methods Groups and Fields/Networks around the world.