Ethics Board

ABC-CE

The constitution of the ABC Ethics Council (CE-ABC) was approved by the ABC Executive Council on December 16, 2020.

It is the responsibility of the CE-ABC to ensure the observance of high ethical standards in the field of research, training or healthcare in areas of the health sciences, in order to protect and guarantee human dignity and integrity. Thus, the CE-ABC is responsible for issuing opinions and recommendations on ethical issues in the field of ABC research, training or health care activities, on its own initiative or upon written request. Their opinions are not binding, without prejudice to what is determined in the legal regime relating to clinical trials in human beings.

The CE-ABC Regulation (soon to be available) will be approved by the ABC Executive Committee.

The CE-ABC held its first meeting on February 25, 2021 and meets, under the terms of the law, once a month. The meetings are held electronically, for duration yet to be determined, in view of the contingencies and guidelines of the competent authorities.

The possibility is reserved when necessary, and in duly substantiated situations, to be able to meet extraordinarily.


CE-ABC Ordinary Meetings Calendar in 2021:

25 february
25 march
April 22nd
20 of May
June 17th
July, 22

Applicants can submit requests for an opinion using this FORM.

Any questions and/or doubts related to the CE-ABC should be submitted electronically to the email: counseling.etica AT abcmedicalg.pt


DOCUMENTS AND LEGISLATION

The Ethics Appraisal Procedure focuses on compliance with ethical norms and standards, applicable legislation, national and international conventions and declarations, national authorizations and ethical approvals, proportionality of methods and awareness of proponents with regard to compliance with high ethical standards . In this way, the CE-ABC will seek to provide documentation that can support the reflection and creation of ethical values in the design and conduct of research processes.

Opinion 3/2019 - European Data Protection Board
Deliberation No. 153/2018 of the Commission Nationale de l'informatique et des libertés
 Deliberation No. 1704/2015 of the National Data Protection Commission
 Law No. 73 of 2015
European Commission report: EU data protection standards empower citizens and fit the digital age
Horizon 2020 Program - Guidance How to complete your ethics self-assessment
Guidance for Applicants - Informed Consent
Law No. 26/2016, of August 22
National Data Protection Commission
Law No. 58/2019, of August 8th
Resolution of the Assembly of the Republic No. 1/2001
General Data Protection Regulation
Clinical Investigation Law
DGS Informed Consent
Decree - Law No. 80.2018 of 15 October, which regulates the Ethics Committees for Health
Declaration of Helsinki 2013

The CE-ABC is made up of nine members, within the limits established by article 6 of Decree-Law No. 80/2018 of 15 October, in accordance with the requirements set out in the same legal precept, namely "the specific participation of some professional areas such as medicine, law, philosophy/ethics, theology, nursing, pharmacy, and others that guarantee the cultural and moral values of the community, in accordance with the object of the institution" (No. 2 of art. 6th) this multidisciplinary composition being respected.

André Pereira
  • Degree in Law, specialties in Law and Bioethics, Health Law and Civil Law.
  • Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra and Director of the Center for Biomedical Law, University of Coimbra.
  • Researcher at IJFDUC – Legal Institute of the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra.
  • Member of the National Council of Ethics for the Life Sciences.
  • Member of the Legal Medical Council.
  • Member of several Ethics Committees (INMLCF, IP; IPC (Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra); AIBILI, CCC (Coimbra Surgical Center).
Ana Macedo
  • Degree in Medicine, Post-Graduations in Sports Medicine and Economic Evaluation of Medicines.
  • PhD in Medicine - Clinical Pharmacology.
  • Invited Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Algarve.
  • General Director of Keypoint Consultoria Científica.
  • Member of the Technical Vaccination Commission.
Edgar Amorim
  • Degree in Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra.
  • Specialist in General Surgery with a Consultant degree since 2018 (over 2500 surgeries as main surgeon, main focus on endoscopic surgery and colorectal surgery).
  • Director of the External Consultation Service, Coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Consultation of Digestive Oncology Disease, Coordinator of the Colorectal Surgery Group, at the Portimão unit of the University Hospital Center of Algarve.
  • Member of the education committee of the coloproctology chapter of the Portuguese Society of Surgery.
  • Responsible for the training of the Surgery Service 2 of the Universitary Hospital Center of Algarve.
Hortênse Cotrim
  • Degree and Doctorate in Nursing, Master and Doctoral Student in Bioethics.
  • President of the Superior School of Atlantic Health (ESSATLA).
  • Full-time coordinating professor at ESSATLA
  • Invited Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the University of Algarve (degree in Biomedical Sciences).
Hélder Mota Filipe
  • Associate Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Lisbon.
  • Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Doctorate in Pharmacology.
  • Former President of Infarmed (2015-2016).
  • Principal Investigator at the “Institute for Evidence-Based Health”.
  • President of the National Pharmaceutical Residency Commission.
  • Member of the Ethics Committee for Clinical Research and member of the respective Executive Committee.
  • Member of the Medicines Evaluation Committee.
  • Member of the Health Technology Assessment Committee.
  • President of the National Council for Cooperation of the Ordem dos Farmacêuticos.
  • President of the Portuguese Language Pharmacists Association.
  • Specialist in Regulatory Affairs (Order of Pharmacists).
  • Expert from the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Isabel Palmeirim
  • Associate Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Lisbon.
  • Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Doctorate in Pharmacology.
  • Former President of Infarmed (2015-2016).
  • Principal Investigator at the “Institute for Evidence-Based Health”.
  • President of the National Pharmaceutical Residency Commission.
  • Member of the Ethics Committee for Clinical Research and member of the respective Executive Committee.
  • Member of the Medicines Evaluation Committee.
  • Member of the Health Technology Assessment Committee.
  • President of the National Council for Cooperation of the Ordem dos Farmacêuticos.
  • President of the Portuguese Language Pharmacists Association.
  • Specialist in Regulatory Affairs (Order of Pharmacists).
  • Expert from the European edicines Agency (EMA).
Manuel Célio Conceição
  • PhD in Linguistics, Associate Professor with tenure at the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, University of Algarve.
  • Researcher at the Center for Research in Arts and Communication.
  • Ex-officio President of the Conseil Européen pour les Langues – European Languages Council.
  • Member of the Directorate of the Terminology and Linguistic Policy Observatory of the Catholic University of Milan.
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the Panlatina Terminology Network.
  • He held, among other functions: Vice-president of the General Council of the University of Algarve, Pro-rector of the University of Algarve, Director of FCHS, President of the Pedagogical Council of FCHS.
  • Expert evaluator within the scope of the external evaluation of schools (IGEC) and the EQAVET quality assessment (ANQEP).
Nelson Brito
  • Degree in Medicine and Specialist in General and Family Medicine.
  • Doctor at the current USF in Quarteira, ARS Algarve, IP.
  • Master in Bioethics.
  • Member of the Ethics Committee for Health of ARS Algarve, IP.
  • Guest lecturer at the Integrated Masters in Medicine at the University of Algarve.
  • EURACT Course Trainer (European Academy of Teachers in General Practice/Family Medicine)
Vítor Fernandes
  • Degree in Biotechnological Engineering, PhD in Biological Sciences at the University of Leicester, UK.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Algarve.
  • Researcher at the “Center of Biomedical Research”.
  • Member of the “National Commission for the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes” (CPAFC).
  • Responsible for the Animal Facility of the University of Algarve and member of the ORBEA (Organ Responsible for Animal Welfare) at UAlg.