Comittees and boards
For the training of IDIBELL research staff
The IDIBELL Teaching Committee aims to facilitate compliance and make proposals regarding the tasks carried out by the Directorate on aspects related to the training of IDIBELL researchers in order to improve or make amendments to them.
Its functions include:
- Organisation of internal seminars at IDIBELL
- Detection of training required by IDIBELL staff on certain scientific subjects
- Prioritisation of research training activities
- Establishment of a research training programme
The Committee members are as follows:
- Cristina Muñoz, George Thomas (seminars) – representatives of the Molecular Mechanisms and Experimental Therapy in Oncology Programme
- Ethel Queralt - representative of the Cancer Epigenetics and Biology Programme
- Josep Maria Borràs - representative of the Epidemiology, Public Health, Cancer Prevention and Palliative Care Programme
- Carles Solsona, Carlos Casasnovas - representatives of the Neuroscience Programme
- Jose Luis Rosa - representative of the Diabetes and Metabolism Programme
- Julián Cerón - representative of the Genes, Disease and Therapy Programme
- Josep Gómez Lara - representative of the Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Systemic Diseases and Cellular Ageing Programme
- Núria Padullés - representative of the Digestive System, Diagnosis, Pharmacogenetics, Nursing and Clinical Prevention Programme
- Carlota Gudiol - representative of the Infectious Diseases and Transplant Programme
- Salud Santos - representative of the HUB Research Committee
- Yolanda Moyano - representative of predoctoral students
- Marina Rigau - contact with the Directorate
- Gemma Fornons - head of communications and scientific culture unit
- Raül Delgado - Committee Coordinator
The IDIBELL Equality and Diversity Management Committee aims to facilitate compliance with current legislation on equality and diversity management issues. In addition to drafting the Equality and Diversity Management Plan, its functions include providing advice to the management on matters related to compliance with equality laws and the evaluation of the institute’s equality indicators.
The Committee members have a commitment to confidentiality, with this body acting as a means to resolve issues related to harassment on the grounds of sex, race, religious beliefs or geographic origin.
The Committee members are as follows:
- Magda Martí – Management Coordinator and Chairperson of the Committee, representative of the Directorate.
- Francisco Miguel Torres – Equality Coordinator, Secretary of the Committee.
- Vanessa Cervera – Member, representative of the Workers’ Committee
- Esther Comabella – Member, HR Coordinator.
- Sergio Ortega – Member, support staff representative.
- Inés del Cerro – Member, representative of predoctoral researchers.
- Vacant – Member, representative of research staff.
- Milagro González – SPPM Coordinator.
- Anna Jiménez – Quality Technician.
Biosafety refers to the collection of measures (organisation, work practices, design of facilities, safety equipment, etc.) aimed at safeguarding and protecting humans, animals, plants and the environment against any and all agents, factors and risks of biological origin.
The main duties of the IDIBELL Biosafety Committee are to evaluate the risk of biosafety for projects initiated in the institution, to support training activities for users of rooms with biosafety levels of 2 or higher, to propose improvements to processes or protocols, and to advise the centre management on all Biosafety matters.
- Dr Francisco Miguel Torres, Coordinator – Knowledge and Quality Management
- Dr Raül Delgado Morales - Scientific Office Manager
- Dr Manel Cascalló, Member – VCN Biosciences
- Dr Mercè Pérez, Member – Principal Investigator
- Milagro González, Member – Prevention Department
- Vanessa Cervera, Member – Laboratory Coordinator
- Anna Jiménez, Secretary – Quality Technician
The Works Council is the representative body for workers in the company and defends their interests. TCommittee members are elected democratically for mandates of 4 years, and the number of representatives is based on the number of workers hired by the company.
- Josep Gardenyes (Chairperson)
- Serafín Martín (Secretary)
- Antonia Gaona
- Aida Marín
- Sandra Gaite
- Vanessa Cervera
- Francina Jaumandreu
- M. Dolors Canalias
- Ana Angulo
- Beatriz Martínez
- Advice and defending workers’ rights.
- Ordinary meetings with the Directorate.
- Negotiation of Collective Agreements or other agreements with the Directorate.
- Oversight of decisions, actions and omissions of the Directorate within the scope of labour.
In addition, according to the legislation in force, members of the Workers’ Committee must represent workers in the following bodies:
- Health and Safety Committee
- Equality Committee
- Training Committee
The Health and Safety Committee (email@example.com) aims to ensure compliance with all required health and safety conditions for workers in the workplace.
The Equality Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org) ensures that all workers have access to the same opportunities, rights and obligations, with no direct or indirect discrimination based on gender or any other personal or social situation or circumstance.
The Training Committee (email@example.com) is responsible for joint management of the Training Fund, together with the Directorate, and compliance with the company’s training regulations.
Clinical Research Ethics Committee (CREC)
The IDIBELL Clinical Research Ethics Committee (CREC) is committed to safeguarding the rights, safety and wellbeing of human beings taking part in any research projects which may involve physical or psychological risk, and to provide public guarantees, while evaluating the correct conduct of the projects and monitoring their development.
The CREC is also intended to serve as a reference and provide support to researchers within its areas of competence, in particular guidance on criteria required regarding the methodological, ethical and legal aspects of the projects, as well as with respect to monitoring at the sites involved, within the scope of its action.
For this purpose, the Committee uses the main internationally accepted bioethical codes as a reference: the Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines, and current legal regulations, such as Spanish Data Protection Act (LOPD) 15/1999 and Spanish Royal Decree (RD) 1720/2007 that implements it, the Organic Law 41/2002, regarding the general scope, and RD 1090/2015 on clinical trials with medicinal products, as well as Act 14/2007 on Biomedical Research, within the specific regulations, among others.
The Committee is accredited by the Directorate General for Professional and Health Regulation of the Department of Health of the Generalitat de Catalunya, in accordance with the provisions set forth in Decree 406/2006. Furthermore, the IDIBELL CREC is registered with the U.S. Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP). Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary, Office of Public Health and Science, Office for Human Research Protections (HHS), under IRB00005523 and Federalwide Assurance Number FWA00010235.
In accordance with the provisions contained in RD 1090/2015, the Clinical Research Ethics Committee (CREC) undertakes the functions of the Research Ethics Committee involving Medicinal Products (RECm) conferred by the aforementioned Royal Decree This Committee also acts as an external advisory ethics committee for the HUB-ICO-IDIBELL Biobank, in accordance with the provisions set forth in Act 14/2007 on Biomedical Research and RD 1711/2016 on Biobanks.
Animal Research Ethics Committee (CEEA-IDIBELL)
The IDIBELL Animal Ethic Experimentation Committee (CEEA-IDIBELL) is responsible for ensuring proper care and welfare of the animals housed in the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute Animal Facility (Registration number B9900010). It was approved by the competent authority (Generalitat de Catalunya, May 14, 1998).
The functions of the CEEA, in compliance with current legislation and the recommendations of "The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals" are:
- To advise the personnel in charge of animals regarding issues related to animal welfare (acquisition, accommodation, care and use).
- To advise staff regarding the application of 3R (reduction, refinement and replacement) and keep them informed about technical and scientific advances in its application.
- To establish and review the internal operational procedures regarding the control, communication and monitoring of information related to animal welfare.
- To ensure that animals do not suffer unnecessarily and that they are provided, when necessary, analgesics, anesthetics or other methods designed to eliminate pain, suffering or anxiety to the fullest extent possible, and to control the use of humanitarian methods for the disease, euthanasia of animals.
- To inform and evaluate the experimentation procedures, after assessing the suitability of the procedure in relation to the objectives of the study, the possibility of obtaining valid conclusions with the smallest possible number of animals, the consideration of alternative methods to the study, Use of animals and the suitability of the selected species.
- To issue a report that must accompany the documentation that is presented with the procedure report to the competent authorities.
- To review procedures already evaluated or suspend any procedure already initiated that does not meet the requirements established by the protocol
In addition, and in regard to CEEA-IDIBELL and in compliance with the requirements of AAALAC International, CEEA-IDIBELL is responsible for the review of the "animal care and use program":
- To review all procedures in active-duty annually (PAM: post approval monitoring)
- To make an annual visit to the facilities of IDIBELL AF
- To anually review the Internal ID Regulations of IDIBELL AF
- To review Standard Operating Procedures directly related to animal welfare
- To verify that the personnel and users have the necessary training and skills to carry out the tasks assigned or described in their procedure
The CEEA meets regularly the last week of the month every three months, and the researcher has up to three weeks before the meeting to send the procedures. The first week is used to ensure that the secretary and the responsible veterinarian have assessed all the incoming procedures, and the next two so that the members of the CEEA can do the evaluation. Approximately, the meetings are scheduled (to adjust according to calendar) the last week of March, June, September and December.
The CEEA-IDIBELL current members are:
- President: Gabriel Capellá
- Vice President: Roser Lopez
- Secretary: Rosa Bonavia
- Administrative: Anna Garcés
- Members: Álvaro Gimeno, Cristina Costa, Alex Vaquero Garcia, Mar Martínez, Mercè Martí