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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 is the first by your institution of any license bundle type (i.e. Cadence IC, Synopsys TCAD, Mentor FPGA & Board etc) then maintenance will apply and the fees must be added to you Purchase Order. If you go on to buy more licenses of the same bundle type then no additional maintenance will apply. Please note that there are one or two exceptions i.e. where a maintenance fee applies to each license purchased (please refer to the Software order forms). Members 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 invoiced for but not subsequently due, will be credited against a future invoice.

The exception to the 1 July delivery rule are those vendors whose annual fees are charged on a pro-rata basis in the first year, where users pay only for the whole calendar months that that their first license is valid for. The Software order forms will explain this

Annual 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.

UK VAT at the prevailing rate is payable on software, additional licenses, re-host applications and maintenance. The STFC 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.

A single consolidated annual fees invoice for all products (subscription fee plus maintenance fees of design tools acquired to date) will be issued annually by STFC, in the summer (usually in July). Payment of that invoice (due on 1 October) will enable STFC to order license renewals from the vendors. These will be e-mailed by STFC to the Europractice Representative, with copies available on the Member only web pages in advance of the expiry of the current licenses (i.e. at year end if timely payment is made). Some design tools have user-led downloads as the delivery mechanism and these will be described to users once the tools are acquired.

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

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 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 Document. The "How to Order" section of the vendor's Europractice web page will contain a link to the Export Document, if it applies.

How to send all documents

Please send high quality, colour, scanned PDF versions of all documents via e-mail to We do not need paper originals, unless high quality, colour, scanned PDFs cannot be supplied.

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.

Last modified: May 3, 2019