Quintiles, the world’s largest life science services company, is closing down its medical education business, the company tells WRAL TechWire, as part of a reorganization.

“As a matter of conducting normal business evaluations, the company has decided to close the Quintiles Medical Education business, which is based in Hawthorne, N.Y.,”  Phil Bridges, senior director of corporate communications, said early Monday.

“In a service business such as ours, the size and composition of our workforce routinely fluctuates based on project and business needs.”

The office in New York employs some 27 people.

“As part of this decision, a small number of positions will be impacted,” Bridges explained.

“Our first priority is to work with impacted employees. With more than 2,500 current job requisitions open worldwide, more than 700 of those in the U.S., Quintiles will work with individuals to assess potential placement options for impacted employees.”

The office will be closed by Dec. 31, Quintiles (NYSE: Q) says in a layoff notice filed with the state of New York.

Quintiles Medical Education group  focuses on continuing medical education.

In the filing, Quintiles said the closure is part of a “restructuring.”

Quintiles is based in Durham.

The company is scheduled to deliver its latest earnings report on Oct. 30.

Quintiles has more than 30,000 employees worldwide, including some 2,800 in North Carolina.