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Research ethics committees

Ethics in the field of research is fundamental. The Faculty Research Institutes are supported by the opinions of the Research Ethics Committees (CER-URL) to evaluate and rate projects that have ethical implications.

These bodies ensure that research projects in various fields of knowledge meet ethical requirements, especially when research requires the participation of individuals and / or institutions. The committees ensure the integrity and validity of the projects, advise and evaluate the research according to the specific code of ethics in the field in which the research is carried out, taking as fundamental aspects the informed consent of the research and confidentiality. In addition, this body identifies ethical issues on which it is appropriate to train students and makes proposals in this regard.

Comitè d'Ètica de Recerca

The Research Ethics Committee is an advisory body to the Blanquerna-URL School of Psychology, Education and Sports Sciences, which performs the following functions:

  • Advise the Management Team in the deployment and evaluation of the General Research Plan of the School, especially in relation to both the quality and methodological rigor of the projects and their adjustment to ethical criteria.
  • Evaluate the research projects participating in the competition for the award of grants to research groups and submit to the Management Team the corresponding grant proposal; in the case of groups requesting the renewal of the grant, you can analyze the "Report" that these groups have submitted at the end of the course.
  • Advise, in case of possible conflicts related to the deployment of research projects.
  • Verify, when deemed appropriate, the results of research groups that have obtained internal funding.
  • Evaluate the applications for the constitution, merger, separation or abolition of research groups of the School and submit the corresponding proposal to the Dean.
  • Ensuring the research and ethical quality of the groups and research projects of the School.
  • To issue, at the request of the Management Team, the corresponding report on the research activity of either a group or a researcher.

Composition of the Research Ethics Committee of the Blanquerna School of Psychology, Education and Sport Sciences

Composition of the CER in the School of Psychology, Education and Sports Sciences The CER will be formed by the president and four members:

  • The President: Dr. Jordi Riera Secretary: Dra. Sacra MorejónDirector of the Ramon Llull Chair: Dr. Francesc TorralbaTwo researchers of recognized prestige, at least one of them external to the School: Dra. Montserrat Castelló from the Blanquerna-URL School of Psychology, Education and Sport Sciences; and Dr. Joan Manuel Batista (Esade-URL).

Functioning As an organ of the School, the CER depends on the Dean and will always have an advisory character, its deliberations will always be free and secret, and its agreements may be unanimous or by majority. Each member will be able to state, when the case arises, his particular point of view.

The CER will meet on an ordinary basis twice during the academic year. The meeting shall be convened by the chairman, in writing and with the agenda attached, at least fifteen days in advance. Minutes of each meeting will be issued and approved, or amended as appropriate, at the beginning of the next meeting. A copy of the minutes will be provided to all members.

Due to its specificity in the field of health sciences, the Blanquerna School of Health Sciences has its own Research Ethics Committee (CER) which oversees the ethical nature of research. He is a member of the Research Ethics Committee of Ramon Llull University (CER-URL) and follows its recommendations.

Some of its functions are:

  • To promote the ethical character of the specific research of the School.
  • Ensure the ethical integrity of research projects carried out at the School.
  • Issue recommendations to guarantee the validity of the research projects to be carried out at the School (TFM, own and others).
  • Prepare documentation to guide the School's research in order to guarantee its ethical nature.
  • Collaborate with the CER-URL, other ethics committees and the School's Research Support Office.
  • Identify aspects of research ethics on which training and support would be appropriate in order to guide research at the different training levels (undergraduate, postgraduate, master's and doctorate), in close collaboration with the Office of Support of the research from the Blanquerna School of Health Sciences.
  • Advise on ethical research issues in the School, forming part of the School Research Committee and the OSuRe.
  • Evaluate the research projects to be carried out at the School (TFM, own and others) where you work with people, and / or biological samples and / or personal data.
  • Competitive calls for projects funded on behalf of Ramon Llull University are not the responsibility of the School's CER and must pass the evaluation of the Ramon Llull University's Research Ethics Committee (CER-URL).
  • Prepare reference documents in research ethics for the School: guide to good ethical practices in research, guide to the preparation of information verification sheets, informed consent document, ethical requirements for research in TFG, TFM, theses, etc.
  • Collaborate with the CER-URL and other IECs. A member of the CER of the School is part of the CER-URL, reports on the work carried out in the CER of the School and acts as a bridge between the two committees. Where appropriate, each of these two committees may seek advice from the other. And the CER of the School can use the legal services and the Data Protection Officer (DPD) of the CER-URL in case of need. At the formal level, the two secretaries are related.

Composition of the CER of the School of Health Sciences

  • President: Jordi Vilaró Casamitjana - Chairs the meetings, convenes the CER and signs the opinions (can delegate to the secretariat).
  • CER Secretary: Xavier Cardona Iguacen - Receives the requests for the opinions, sends them to the other members of the CER of the School, organizes the evaluations to be carried out, convenes the meetings, prepares the minutes of the meetings, sends the opinions of the CER (for delegation of the presidency) to the researcher who has requested it, and manages consultations. It is also responsible for keeping the documents that are evaluated by the CER and the opinions made.
  • Vowels: experts in bioethics from the Ramon Llull Chair, one of whom represents the CER's School at the CER-URL, experts in quantitative and qualitative methodology, nursing, physiotherapy, nutrition and pharmacy, and a representative of doctoral students, if escau.
    • Ramon Llull Chair and CER-URL representative: Maria del Mar Rosàs Tosas
    • Quantitative methodology: Raimon Milà Villarroel
    • Qualitative methodology: Olga Canet Velez
    • Nursery: Montserrat Sanromà Ortíz
    • Physiotherapy: Joan Daniel Martí Romeu
    • Nutrition and Dietetics: Paula Gabriela Jakszyn Philosopher
    • Pharmacy: José Antonio Cordero Rigol
  • All members meet the confidentiality criteria of meetings, minutes, opinions and deliberation processes.
  • In the event that a member of the CER of the School has a conflict of interest, he / she will no longer have a vote in the resolution of the deliberation of the project in question.
  • The CER of the School reserves the right, when the case requires it, to convene an external expert who would have a voice, but not a vote, in the opinion of a particular project. It also reserves the right to convene the IP of the project if it is considered appropriate to request clarification.

To request an opinion, you must send the TFM document or the document of the research project in question. A number of requirements will be taken into account for the evaluation of projects. In addition, applicants must have two reference documents: informed consent and the structure of the research project.

In the case of the School of Communication and International Relations, this task is carried out by the Research Ethics Committee (CER-URL), which allows all the centers that require it to access the consultation, advice and opinion of the research projects. to implement.

Some of its functions are:

  • Issue reports requested by the different federated institutions of Ramon Llull University (and the centers they manage), or directly by the research staff or research groups, related to research projects whose content or objectives are carried out with people, using personal data or biological samples of human origin, or using biological agents or genetically modified organisms, or through animal experimentation.
  • Assess, at the request of the research staff, any other research project that, despite not necessarily requiring the CER-URL report, may directly affect some of these fields: the fundamental rights of the person and his bio-psycho-social dimension, social and economic justice, peace, the environment, and the proper treatment of animals.
  • Prepare reports, at the request of the governing bodies and federated institutions of Ramon Llull University, on the activity of the CER-URL or on relevant ethical aspects of the research carried out at the University.
  • Any other function that may be delegated to it by the governing bodies of the URL, in relation to ethical aspects of research at the University.

Composition of the CER of the School of Communication and International Relations Regarding its composition, the CER-URL is made up of the Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation of the URL and a representative of each federated institution of the University. In addition, a representative of the ETHOS URL Chair and a representative of the URL doctoral students are also members of the CER-URL.

  • President: Lluís Comellas Riera, Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation at the URL
  • Secretary: Andrea del Pozo
  • Members: Antoni Nello (Blanquerna), Josep Sols (IQS), Carles Garriga (La Salle), Joan Manuel Batista (ESADE), JJ Curto (UI Observatory of the Ebro), Jesús Vilar (School of Social Education and Social Work Pere Tarrés), Joan Garcia del Muro (School of Philosophy), Núria Terribas (Borja Institute of Bioethics), Carles Pérez (UI Mental Health Vidal i Barraquer), Francesc Torralba (ETHOS Chair) and Cristina Castells (doctoral students).
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