The openEHR Foundation is a not-for-profit UK company, limited by guarantee. It is regulated under the UK Companies Acts 1985 and 1989. The name 'openEHR' has been registered internationally as a Trade Mark. The main legal function of the Foundation is as the holder of its Intellectual Property, which it makes freely available.
As of 10th May 2019, operational management of Foundation activities is entrusted to the Management Board, a body largely comprised of persons elected by subscribing members of the openEHR Foundation.
However, the openEHR Management Board is in the final stages of transition to become a Community Interest Company(CIC), pending an imminent decision from the CIC regulator. This will enable control of openEHR operational activities directly by subscribing members, through election of CIC company members/ directors. Once CIC agreement is received it will take over operational management from the Management Board, with the current Management Board members becoming the Founding Members/Directors of the CIC.
The openEHR Community Interest Company (CIC) will be a not-for-profit UK member-owned company, regulated by the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004, designed for social enterprises that want to use their profits and assets for the public good.
The openEHR Foundation will remain in existence with the limited scope of continuing to hold openEHR Intellectual Property. This was felt to be an important interim step while the new CIC beds down, but it is expected that the Foundation will merge into the CIC within a few years.
There is absolute commitment, backed up by Foundation/CIC Articles of Association, that all openEHR Intellectual Property will remain fully open and free to use in both commercial and non-commercial settings.
The openEHR CIC has a board of Directors, a paying Membership and is responsible for the running of all openEHR business, primarily via the 4 Programs.
The structure is as follows.