CERIF has developed since the late eighties as a recommendation to member states of the European Union. The current version is CERIF2002. It is intended for use in Current Research Information Systems. The European Commission has transferred the custodianship of CERIF to euroCRIS. euroCRIS has as its main goal to act as a single forum for all interested individuals and organizations concerning all matters related to the use of information technology in the conduct of research information systems.