Ethics Committee


Dárida Fernandes (President)

Fernando Santos (Vice-President)

Ana Cristina Macedo

Manuela Pessanha

Mónica Maia




I Definition and Competencies

Article 1 (Subject matter)

This Regulation aims to establish the action standards of the Ethics Committee of the Centre for Research and Innovation in Education (inED).


Article 2 (Definition)

The Ethics Committee is an independent body that seeks to promote high standards of integrity, honesty, and ethical quality in the research activities carried out at inED.


Article 3 (Competencies)

  1. The Ethics Committee examines the respect and compliance of ethical standards in the research activity developed in inED, in order to ensure the well-being, integrity and dignity of all participants in the research projects.
  2. The Ethics Committee shall ensure compliance with the requirements of respect for human dignity and integrity, taking into account the professional codes of ethics, as well as the national and international standards adopted in this regard.
  3. The Ethics Committee is responsible for issuing opinions on matters within its competence, which include the assessment of research projects, the response to requests for clarification and/or analysis of procedural matters. Opinions will be issued when requested and whenever the request for approval of a new research project is submitted.
  4. The intervention of the Ethics Committee is limited to the research projects carried out within the scope of inED, which may or may not have been evaluated by other institutions/bodies.
  5. The Ethics Committee does not analyse requests for opinions on research projects carried out in other external units.
  6. The Ethics Committee may request from a third party the information or opinion it deems relevant.



II Composition, Members and Functioning

Article 4 (Composition of the Ethics Committee and term of the members)

  1. The Ethics Committee is structured in a committee composed of 5 members and is headed by a President who will be assisted by a vice president.
  2. The committee and/or its President is nominated by the President of the Centre for Research and Innovation in Education.
  3. The Vice-President is nominated by the President of the Ethics Committee from among its members.
  4. The term of office of the Ethics Committee President and its members is four years.
  5. The members of the Ethics Committee and/or its President do not receive any remuneration for their activity.


Article 5 (Duties)

The members of the Ethics Committee must:

  1. Collaborate to achieve the goals and competencies of the Commission.
  2. Maintain secrecy and confidentiality in all matters dealt within the scope of its duties.


Article 6 (Functioning)

  1. Research projects, clarification requests or procedural matters should be addressed to the Ethics Committee which will choose the members of the commission who will analyse the requests and/or proposals.
  2. Once a proposal has been submitted, it will be discussed and voted on in plenary by the Ethics Committee.


Article 7 (Competencies of the President)

It is the responsibility of the President of the Ethics Committee:

  1. Convene the Ethics Committee meetings and establish the agenda;
  2. Chair meetings and guide their work;
  3. Ensure the referral and dissemination of opinions and recommendations issued to stakeholders;
  4. Ensure representation of the Commission.


Article 8 (Competencies of the Vice-President)

It is the responsibility of the Vice-President of the Ethics Committee:

  1. Replace the President in case of impediment;
  2. Assist the President in the work guidance of the Ethics Committee.


III Meetings

Article 9 (Calls)

  1. The Ethics Committee meets ordinarily once a month and extraordinarily whenever the President deems appropriate.
  2. In the absence of items justifying an agenda, the President may dismiss the ordinary meeting.


Article 10 (Participation, Quorum and Deliberations)

  1. At meetings of the Ethics Committee, only its effective members participate and vote.
  2. External experts may be called in according to the specificity of the subject under analysis.


Article 11 (Minutes)

  1. The minutes shall be drawn up at each meeting.
  2. The minutes shall be subject to approval at the beginning of the next meeting.



Article 12 (Amendments)

Any amendment to this Regulation shall be proposed by the Ethics Committee and approved by the inED Scientific Committee.


Article 13 (Omissions)

Where this Regulation is silent, the principles and general rules of law shall be applied, and, if applicable, with the necessary adaptations, the provisions in the Code of Administrative Procedure.


Article 14 (Entry into force)

This Regulation shall enter into force immediately after its approval by Plenary of inED.