Events Organized by the BERC-Luso


BERC-Luso project organizes webinar “International best practices in pandemic times

The pandemic situation that the world is going through has led to profound changes in all categories of individual and social activity, forcing a constant effort to adapt to new realities and respond to current needs. The BERC-Luso also follows this dynamic. In this context, BERC-Luso, faithful to its design of ethical and regulatory training in the field of biomedicine and wanting to contribute to the better response of partners to the extraordinary demands of pandemic times, organizes a thematic Debates Forum, under the common name “ Best practices in pandemic times ”.

The webinar will contain a brief thematic introduction by the person in charge of the session in question, followed by debate between all participants.


May 15(12 pm- 13pm /Lisbon)

–Community masks: manufacture, access and use -
Mr. Jorge Batista and Professor Patrão Neves

May 22 (12 pm-13 pm /Lisbon)

– Informed consent in pandemic time: clinical assistance and biomedical research -
Professor Patrão Neves and  Professor Alexandra Ribeiro

May 29 (12 pm-13pm/Lisboa)

– Clinical research: pandemic-time procedures -
Mr. Rui Ivo and Professor Alexandra Ribeiro

June 5 (12pm-13pm/Lisbon)

– Clinical research and innovation -
Professor Ana Paula Martins and Professor Helder Mota Filipe


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.

The Program highlights the Opening Session, which takes place on February 17, at 9:00 am, at the headquarters of the Cape Verde Medical Society; the formal sitting, at 06:30 pm on February 21, with the presence of the Minister of Health and Social Security of Cape Verde, Mr. Arlindo do Rosário; and the Commitment Celebration Session, at 04:30 pm on 22 February, with interventions by WHO  and UNESCO representatives.

This training programme is part of the second of five BERC-Luso Project Action Programmes, entitled "Educational". The first workpackage,  which took place between 2018 and 2019, developed a comparative study of partner country legislation with international best practices in biomedical research, in order to strengthen the current legislation and thus to enable clinical research to take place for the benefit of the population, also contributing to the scientific and economic development of partner countries.

Download the program of the training

Symposium “International Best Practices in Clinical Research: A Partnership with Portuguese-speaking African Countries”

June 6, 2019, Infarmed, Lisbon

The BERC-Luso organized the Symposium “International Best Practices in Clinical Research: A Partnership with Portuguese-Speaking African Countries” on June 6, 2019, at Infarmed in Lisbon.

The goals of this Symposium included the presentation of the Comparative Legislative Study, a discussion on best practices in clinical research and the unveiling of the Project website.

The State Undersecretary of Health, Francisco Ramos, and the State Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Teresa Ribeiro, opened the Symposium, bearing testament to the Government's support and to the relevance of this project for strengthening the cooperation between the Portuguese-speaking countries.

The program of the Symposium included a general presentation of the activities to be developed during the three years of the project, which includes five Work Packages. The first Work Package is devoted to legislation and includes a comparative legislative study of the ethical and regulatory framework in the field of clinical research in the different countries. This upcoming study aims to define a common ethical and regulatory framework, across the different countries, aligned with the best international practices in the field of clinical research. It was presented by the legal advisors of the BERC-Luso and discussed during one of the panels of the event. The Symposium also included a panel of Ambassadors and official embassy representatives from the project’s partner countries.

The Symposium was the first public event of the BERC-Luso Project and also the moment for the unveiling of the project’s official website,, which is the main platform of communication between the countries involved in the project.

Download the program of the Symposium

Workshop “International Best Practices in Biomedical Research: Ethical and Legal Requirements”
June 3-5, 2019, Infarmed, Lisbon

The BERC-Luso organized the Workshop “International Best Practices in Biomedical Research: Ethical and Legal Requirements” on June 3-5, 2019, at Infarmed in Lisbon.

This workshop was part of the “Work Package 1: Legislation” and the ongoing Comparative Legislative Study and specifically aimed to:

- deepen the analysis of the current national laws of the partner countries based on international best practices

- lay the groundwork to integrate international standards into national law and prepare their future implementation

The workshop brought together the BERC-Luso team of legal advisors, which includes representatives from partner countries and Portuguese lawyers, along with representatives from the embassies of partner countries in Portugal. The workshop was coordinated by Maria do Céu Patrão Neves, Full Professor of Ethics and BERC-Luso coordinator, João de Almeida Pedro, Senior Project Manager of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Helder Mota Filipe, President of the Council for Cooperation of the Portuguese Pharmaceutical Society, Joana Fonseca e Castro, Director of the Infarmed Legal Office, and Paula Martinho da Silva, coordinator of the team of legal advisors.

Download the program of the Symposium