While the Frascati Manual was originally developed for the R&D measurement in the OECD member countries, its use has extended throughout the world. Nevertheless, the differences in the relative development of the countries in the execution of R&D activities leads to the acknowledgement of the existence of some specific issues that non-member countries should face when launching their national data collections.
That is why the UNESCO Institute for Statistics proposed the possibility of generating a series of methodological guidelines about the application of some of the Frascati Manual´s concepts in developing countries. That is why some worldwide consults were organized, with RICYT´s participation given its experience in the collection of R&D data in Latin America and the Caribbean, that concluded with the presentation of a document in the last NESTI Group meeting. Last June 23rd, that document was approved and, after a last revision, it will be published by the OECD.