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CDISC Mission and Principles

The CDISC vision is to inform patient care and safety through higher quality medical research.

Mission Statement

CDISC is a global, open, multidisciplinary, non-profit organization that has established standards to support the acquisition, exchange, submission and archive of clinical research data and metadata. The CDISC mission is to develop and support global, platform-independent data standards that enable information system interoperability to improve medical research and related areas of healthcare. CDISC standards are vendor-neutral, platform-independent and freely available via the CDISC website. 


  • Lead the development of standards that improve efficiency while supporting the scientific nature of clinical research.
  • Recognize the ultimate goal of creating regulatory submissions that allow for flexibility in scientific content and are easily interpreted, understood, and navigated by regulatory reviewers.
  • Acknowledge that the data content, structure and quality of the standard data models are of paramount importance, independent of implementation strategy and platform.
  • Maintain a global, multidisciplinary, cross-functional composition for CDISC and its working groups.
  • Work with other professional groups to encourage that there is maximum sharing of information and minimum duplication of efforts.
  • Provide educational programs on CDISC standards, models, values and benefits.
  • Accomplish the CDISC goals and mission without promoting any individual vendor or organization.