CSIC's Ethics Committee
Institutional body with specific competencies with regards to scientific and ethical integrity in research
CSIC's Ethics Committee is a supportive collegiate body of the Presidency and the Governing Council of and advisory and permanent nature.
As of the date 16th September 2013, CSIC's Ethics Committee was formally recognized as an authorised body to assess projects that involve animal testing.
CSIC's Ethics Committee exercises the functions entrusted to them under the Article 17 of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC): reflecting, issuing reports and formulating recommendations about ethical and deontological principles related to research activity. Additionally, due to its assessment function regarding the ethical aspects of research within the CSIC framework, the Ethics Committee plays a very significant role ensuring the warranties tracking and controlling requested within the scientific research activity.
CSIC's Ethics Committee team is heterogeneous and interdisciplinary. It is constituted by a plurality of members, being some of them independent from the CSIC, with a wide range of academic backgrounds (Medicine, Philosophy, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Natural Resources…).
Miguel García Guerrero
Full professor of Biology and Molecular Biology
Instituto de Bioquímica Vegetal y Fotosíntesis (IBVF-CSIC/US)
Rafael Giraldo Suárez
Centro Nacional de Biotecnología (CNB-CSIC)
Antonio Almagro Gorbea
Research professor CSIC
Escuela de Estudios Árabes (EEA-CSIC)
Juan Arana Cañedo-Argüelles
Full professor of Philosophy
Universidad de Sevilla
Carmen Ascaso Ciria
Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (MNCN-CSIC)
Carmen Ayuso García
Research and Deputy Director
The Fundación Jiménez Díaz (FJD)
Matilde Barón Ayala
Estación Experimental del Zaidín (EEZ-CSIC)
José Vicente García Ramos,
Instituto de Estructura de la Materia (IEM-CSIC)
Lluís Montoliu José
Centro Nacional de Biotecnología (CNB-CSIC)
Yolanda Sanz Herranz
Instituto de Agroquímica y Tecnología de Alimentos (IATA-CSIC)
Enrique Tortosa Martorell
Instituto Mediterráneo de Estudios Avanzados (IMEDEA-CSIC/UIB)
Mª Luisa Salas García
Director of the CSIC’s Research Ethics Department
Structure - Bioethics Subcommittee and Conflicts Subcommittee
CSIC's Ethics Committee has two subcommittees to meet the specific functions related to its mission: the Bioethics Subcommittee and the Conflicts Subcommittee.
The Bioethics Subcommittee reviews the adequacy of the practises and procedures employed in the development of the research activity within the field of the Life Sciences.
The Conflicts Subcommittee deals with the conflicts reported by CSIC’s staff in the course of scientific activity as well as the different deviations from good practises.
CSIC’s Ethics Committee has established a Procedure for addressing conflicts.
The Research Ethics Department
The Research Ethics Department, ascribed to the CSIC’s Presidency, and created by Resolution on the 9th April 2015 by the mentioned Presidency, is the technical and legal support of the CSIC’s Ethics Committee.
The increasing regulatory demands in the field of ethics, bioethics and biosecurity, the requirements imposed on similar fields by different calling organising entities for aids for R&D projects, as well as the acknowledgement of the Ethics Committee as a collegiate body for the assessment of projects that involve animal testing, have resulted in a constant increase in the amount of management tasks linked to the ethical evaluation, which have implied the creation of a new specialised organizational structure.
Besides of constituting the abovementioned support for the CSIC’s Ethics Committee, the Research Ethics Department contributes to enhance ethics as a fundamental element of the organizational culture, participating in the design, protocols, dissemination and appliance of tools oriented to reinforce integrity and good practises within the Institution.
CSIC's Ethics Committee / Research Ethics Department
Address: Calle de Serrano Nº 117, 28006 Madrid. Basement floor.
Offices: 1116, 1115-A y 1115-B
Head of the CSIC's Ethics Research Committee and Secretary of the CSIC's Ethics Committee:
- María Luisa Salas García
- Phone Number: 915681712
Responsible for Bioethics and Biosecurity Management:
- Patricia García Gómez
- Phone Number: 915681494
Responsible for Project Assessment Management and Animal Testing Procedures:
- Miguel Ángel Bustamante Pedregosa
- Phone Number: 915681554