Ethics Committee

The ISPUP Ethics Committee was created in 2013. It is a collegial, consultative and independent body that issues ethical opinions on all scientific activities of the Institute, particularly on scientific research projects in which it is the proposing or participating entity. It is governed by Regulations that can be downloaded here.

Composition of the ISPUP Ethics Committee (quadrennium 2020-2023)

António Martins da Silva, PhD

President of the Ethics Committee, Neurologist

Margarida Guedes, MD

Pediatrician

Maria José Santos, MPH

Master in Public Health

Hélder Pacheco

Historian and Writer

José Queirós, MD

Psychiatrist

Manuel Sobral Torres

Jurist

Research projects that include ISPUP as a proposing or participating entity should be submitted to the Institute’s Ethics Committee and should be sent to etica@ispup.up.pt, until at least 5 working days before the date of the next Committee meeting.

The submission form must be completely filled out in Portuguese.

Meetings of the ISPUP Ethics Committee in 2024

The Ethics Committee meets ordinarily on a monthly basis. See the calendar of upcoming meetings below:

Meetings 2024 Submission Deadline
29 of February 21 of February
28 of March 20 of March
18 of April 10 of April
23 of May 15 of May
27 of June 19 of June
25 of July 17 of July
26 of September 18 of September
31 of October 23 of October
28 of November 20 of November
12 of December 04 of December

The ISPUP Ethics Committee may waive the assessment of projects, in the case that they are mandatorily assessed by similar committees of other institutions.

Supporting documents for project submission:

Submission Form CE-ISPUP 2023
Modelo Consentimento RGPD
Declaration of Helsinki
Data Protection Form

Aspects to be considered according to article 6 of the ISPUP Ethics Committee Regulation:

If the Ethics Committee has requested clarification or additional reformulations to the submitted projects, the researcher should send the requested information to the following e-mail address: etica@ispup.up.pt, up to five working days before the date of the next meeting, so that the Committee may issue a definitive opinion. The situations in which, due to exceptional and justified circumstances, the Ethics Committee considers that it is unable to issue an opinion are safeguarded.

When the 90 day period has passed without any response having been received in regards to requests for clarification or reformulation, the submission is considered withdrawn and the process is closed (it may be reopened, if there is a new submission).

For further information, please contact:

Sofia Neves

Secretary of the ISPUP Ethics Committee 

Email: etica@ispup.up.pt

Telephone: +351 222 061 820