Biomedical Ethics and Regulatory Capacity Building Partnership for Portuguese Speaking African Countries


The Project “Biomedical Ethics and Regulatory Capacity Building Partnership for Portuguese Speaking African Countries (BERC-Luso)” aims to establish and develop well-grounded, sound, robust and long lasting ethics and regulatory capacities in 5 Portuguese Speaking African Partner Countries, allowing conditions for the development of biomedical research and specifically clinical trials in these countries, in the adoption of international best practices, thus assuring populations’ protection and countries’ development.
About the Project

BERC-Luso is a project of Biomedical Ethics and Regulatory Capacity Building for Portuguese Speaking African Countries, approved and financed by EDCTP2 (The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership), with the support of the European Union (EU) and co-financed by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (FCG). It engages 5 sub-Saharan African countries – Angola, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé e Príncipe and Cape-Verde –, working with their NECs and NRAs, in a partnership with Portuguese institutions experts in the field of ethical and regulatory revision - the Portuguese UNESCO Chair in Bioethics (Institute of Bioethics, Portuguese Catholic University), the National Authority of Medicines and Health Products (INFARMED, I.P.), the National Ethics Committee for Clinical Research (CEIC), and the Portuguese Pharmaceutical Society (Competent Authority for Pharmacists);


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The BERC-Luso Project organizes, from February 17 to 22, at the Hotel Oasis Atlântico Praiamar, in Cidade da Praia, Cape Verde, the training "Biomedical Research and Clinical Trials: Ethics and Regulatory Capacity building "

The Training, has the participation of trainers representing the various partners of the Consortium Portuguese, the Portuguese authorities specialized in the ethical and regulatory review of clinical trials, namely the UNESCO Chair of Bioethics of the Portuguese Catholic University, the Ethics Commission for Clinical Research, the INFARMED (National Authority of Medicine and Health Products I.P.), and the Portuguese Pharmaceutical Society. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) also participate in this training, which will be represented by the main leaders of the sections dedicated to ethical training and global health.  The event is co-organized by two prestigious Cape Verdean institutions: The Independent Health Regulatory Authority and the National Committee of Ethics in Health Research. The participants are professionals, with relevant responsibilities, in Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, S. Tomé and Príncipe and Cape Verde.
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79th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

September 22-26, 2019, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Audience of BERC-Luso Coordination Team with São Tomé and Príncipe Ambassador

March 2019