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Europractice membership and design tools access is managed by STFC at the Microelectronics Support Centre, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK.

Europractice membership offers access to a wide range of modern design methodologies for IC, Photonics, MEMS, FPGA and Systems, for non-commercial research and teaching. Please follow the link below for membership information.

Please click here to see outline information on placing orders.

Software Versions

Please check the software versions list for details of latest Europractice versions and supported operating systems BEFORE placing your order.

Software Ordering & Delivery Procedure

A complete order for a Europractice software purchase will therefore consist of the following

Please click here for detailed information on how to proceed in ordering.

Software/Maintenance Price

All one-off license and hardware fees, plus annual fees are quoted on the order forms. Formal quotations are not issued.

The fees can also be seen on the links below.

Purchases of software may increase your institution's maintenance Fees. If the order constitutes the first acquisition of a Vendors tools by your institute, or you are adding a further bundle to the institute's existing package holding, then maintenance will apply. Please be aware that any member receiving first licenses before 1 July will be invoiced for the full year's maintenance for the current 1 October to 30 September period as the first year's maintenance, and from the next 1 October as the second year and so on. Only if licenses are delivered after 1 July will maintenance not be valid for the current period (i.e. will apply from the next 1 October only).

Maintenance fees are MANDATORY and must be paid for each year of continued use, including the first. Maintenance charges include the right to use, plus technical support and any upgrades or updates that are available.

ALL new maintenance fees must be included on the Purchase Order in addition to the one-off (software) fee. Orders will not be processed without the inclusion of necessary maintenance fees on the Purchase Order. In cases where there is no one-off (software) price fee (i.e. Altera and Xilinx Donations) the maintenance must still be committed on a Purchase Order, if it applies.

UK VAT at the prevailing rate is payable on software, additional licenses, re-host applications and maintenance. The RAL VAT number is GB 618 3673 25.

VAT does not apply to EU Institutions outside the UK registered for VAT, who quote their VAT number on the official Institute Purchase Order. VAT does not apply to Institutions outside the EU.

MSC FTP Download Server

Please click here for information on access to the MSC FTP Download Server.

Software Order Forms

While each Software Order Form is specific to a particular package, they all have a common layout. Generally, page 1 is for you to enter address details and to specify the goods that are being purchased. Page 2 shows the table of products available from the vendor and their one-off costs and annual maintenance fee. Page 3 is generally for hostid information for new or additional license purchases and Page 4 is generally for changes to license servers (rehosts). Some forms have additional pages.

To ensure that the information on the Software Order Form can be read clearly, it is important that you use BLOCK CAPITALS.

Purchase Orders

Where there is a cost associated with your software order, an official Institute Purchase Order must be raised by your finance department to cover the total amount in EURO. The Purchase Order must be addressed to:

Microelectronics Support Centre
Science & Technology Facilities Council
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Harwell Campus
Oxfordshire   OX11 0QX
United Kingdom

A copy of the Purchase Order must be supplied.

A Purchase Order is a commitment by your Institute to pay a future invoice for goods/services. Usually, you must ask your financial department to raise the Purchase Order. They will need to know the quantity, name of the goods and the prices. If you have difficulty in obtaining a Purchase Order, please click here for guidance.

End User Agreements

Please ensure that you read the End User Agreement notes before completing any Agreements.

The End User Agreements can be found via this link:

Research Laboratory Vendor Approval

All Europractice orders are subject to the final approval of the vendor/s concerned. The prior approval of the vendor/s must be sought before we can proceed with orders for new licenses (of a new bundle) from EUROPRACTICE Research Institute members (or prospective new EUROPRACTICE Research Institute members).

Such statements are not required if an existing licensee is simply changing servers (ie rehosting licenses), or when existing licensee are purchasing additonal licenses of an existing bundle.

To assist in this process, please supply along with the other order documentation (or before sending the other order documentation if you prefer) a statement which outlines the non-commercial and University like end usage intentions for the required software (ie what you plan to do with the tools).

This must be on your Institute's headed notepaper. The statement must contain the name of the vendor and the name of the bundle(s) you wish to access. The statement need not be too long (one A4 sheet is fine), but please supply as much information as you can to help the vendor assess your case. It should definitely clarify that your usage intentions are strictly non-commercial and are within the terms of the vendor's Research Laboratory End User Agreement.

One statement per vendor is required.

Please click here for a template containing guidance notes.

Please feel free to e-mail or fax +44 (0)1235 44 5546 the statement/s regarding the non-commercial and University like planned end usage activities relating to the required tools.  We should then be able to approach the vendor/s for the necessary approval.

Export Classification Documents

A limited number of Europractice vendors insist on the completion of an Export Classification document. To find out if such a document needs to be completed for new orders (completely new software orders where no previous licenses for a particular vendor's software exist), in addition to the End User Agreements, please visit the Software Packages page on this website. Click on the relevant vendor logo and go to the "Software Ordering" section of their page. This section will clarify if an Export Classification document is needed.

Where to Send Your Software Order

Please send the Order Form and Purchase Order initially by email, and bear in mind our 25th day of the month deadline. It is IMPERATIVE that original End User Agreements are sent by post as faxed copies are unacceptable. Please mail original documentation to:

Microelectronics Support Centre
Science & Technology Facilities Council
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Harwell Campus
Oxfordshire   OX11 0QX
United Kingdom

Software Termination

Maintenance of all packages licensed is due to be paid annually unless the use of the package is discontinued. Any Member wishing to discontinue use of a package on 30 September, should complete and sign a Software Termination Form and return to RAL before 1 July, otherwise they will be liable for the full maintenance payment for the following October - September period.

Questions ?

All questions relating to Europractice orders should be directed to STFC at the Microelectronics Support Centre, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK.

STFC Home page Europractice membership and design tools access is managed by STFC at the Microelectronics Support Centre, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK. You can contact the Microelectronics Support Centre by email:

Last modified: September 18, 2017