Structure and Organization
BERC-Luso involves 4 Portuguese institutions experts in the field of ethical and regulatory revision, and will be developed in 4 sub-Saharan Portuguese-speaking African Countries – Angola, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique and Cape-Verde –, working with their National Ethics Committees (NEC) and National Regulatory Authorities (NRA). The involved institutions integrate the Project’s Consortium.
The Portuguese Board, which is constituted by four Portuguese institutions, each one designating one representative to compose the Executive Board, together with the Coordinator.
The Executive Board is the body responsible for the coordination of BERC-Luso and in charge of the decisions to be taken as the project unfolds.
The Portuguese Board is constituted by:
Cátedra UNESCO em Bioética, Instituto de Bioética da Universidade Católica Portuguesahttp://www.bioetica.porto.ucp.pt
represented by Ana Sofia Carvalho e Joana Araújo
CEIC – Comissão de Ética para a Investigação Clínicahttps://www.ceic.pt/
represented by Maria Alexandra Ribeiro
INFARMED – Autoridade Nacional do Medicamento e Produtos de Saúde, I.P.http://www.infarmed.pt/
represented by Rui Santos Ivo e António Faria Vaz
Ordem dos Farmacêuticoshttps://www.ordemfarmaceuticos.pt/pt/
represented by Helder Mota Filipe e Jorge Batista
The Portuguese Speaking African Partner Countries and their National Ethics Committees (NEC) and National Regulatory Authorities (NRA) are::
Instituto Nacional de Investigação em Saúde
Direcção Nacional de Medicamentos e Equipamentos do Ministério da Saúde
Entidade Reguladora Independente da Saúde (ERIS)
Direcção dos Serviços Farmacêuticos do Ministério da Saúde Pública, Família e Coesão Social
Comité Nacional de Ética em Pesquisa na Saúde – Instituto Nacional de Saúde Pública (CNESP/INASA)
Direcção Nacional de Farmácia do Ministério da Saúde
São Tomé e Príncipe
Departamento Farmacêutico do Ministério da Saúde
BERC-Luso has partnered with International Institutions who have associated with the project.
UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizationhttps://en.unesco.org/themes/ethics-science-and-technology
WHO – World Health Organizationhttps://www.who.int/
The Coordinator of BERC-Luso is Maria do Céu Patrão Neves, Full Professor of Ethics, University of Azores.
Maria do Céu Patrão Neves
The Coordinator of BERC-Luso is Maria do Céu Patrão Neves, Full Professor of Ethics at the University of Azores, specialist in Applied Ethics (Kennedy Institute of Ethics/ Georgetown University). She was consultant on Ethics of Life for the President of the Portuguese Republic, and a Member of the National Ethics Committee for Life Sciences, and of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Bioethics. She is na Expert in Ethics for the European Commission and author/coordinator of 31 books ando ver 180 published articles.https://www.mpatraoneves.pt/pt/
The Executive Manager of the BERC-Luso Project, Jorge Batista is the Lead for International Affairs and Cooperation at the Portuguese Pharmaceutical Society (OF), being responsible for the coordination of international activities, and is also a member of the Council for Cooperation, and of the Qualification and Admission Council of the OF. He completed his Integrated Master's Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2015, and served as a Pharmacist in the Southern Regional Section and Autonomous Regions of the OF, in the strategic development and implementation of the Continuous Professional Development Programme. He is a PhD student in International Health at the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (NOVA University of Lisbon), specializing in Health Policies and Development.