The Organizing Committee consists of European Network of Research Ethics Committees (EUREC), Asociación Nacional de Comités de Ética de Investigación (ANCEI), Fundació Sant Joan de Déu and Institut Borja de Bioètica.
EUREC is a network that brings together already existing national Research Ethics Committees (RECs) associations, networks or comparable initiatives on the European level. The network promotes capacity building and assistance for local RECs to cooperate in the EU European Research Area. As an umbrella organization the network interlinks European RECs with other bodies relevant in the field of research involving human participants like the European Commission’s ethical review system and the European Medical Association (EMA). EUREC cooperates with organizations that support research ethics. Such a network forms the infrastructural basis to promote awareness of specific working practices of RECs across Europe, to enhance the shared knowledge base of European RECs, to support coherent reviews and opinions and to meet new challenges and emerging ethical issues. EUREC has been founded in 2005. EUREC Inc. is listed in the register of associations since 2012.
Asociación Nacional de Comités de Ética de Investigación (ANCEI) is a voluntary association of national scope, not for profit and with its own legal personality that groups people who form or have been part of any of the different Committees Research Ethics, as well as other people linked to them with common interests (collaborating partners).
Fundació Sant Joan de Déu
Allow me to welcome you to Sant Joan de Déu Research Foundation, which was created in 2002 to provide a framework for the research activity which is carried out in the biomedical and social spheres at Sant Joan de Déu Maternal and Children’s Hospital in Esplugues, at Sant Joan de Déu Healthcare Park in Sant Boi de Llobregat, and in other healthcare centres of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God – Aragon-San Rafael Province.
The Foundation’s fundamental aim is to contribute to the improvement of people’s health and welfare by fostering, supporting and coordinating research and innovation. We strive to achieve efficiency and to strengthen our networked activities while always bearing closely in mind our institutional values and ethical commitment.
Institut Borja de Bioètica
As a European pioneer in the study of bioethics from its inception in 1976, the Borja institute of Bioethics analyses and reflects upon the ethical problems raised by biomedical advances. It provides specialised training for workers in Health Sciences and other disciplines through its Master’s degrees in bioethics, postgraduate programmes and various vocational training courses for professionals and researchers in the field of bioethics and ethics applied to biomedical research. The Borja Bioethics Institute provides advice to various healthcare institutions around the country and works in various national committees and working groups, such as the Bioethics Committee of Catalonia, and international bodies. It also promotes research and has its own research group.