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The University of Minho Ethics Council (CEUMinho) was created according to the UMinho Statutes. It is an advisory body of the University and, pursuant to Article 70 of the referred Statutes, it supports the design and monitoring of policies and actions designed to safeguard ethical and deontological principles in scientific research, teaching, interaction with society and the general functioning of the University. In compliance with article 71 of the University Statutes, it is the responsibility of CEUMinho to comment on ethical questions submitted to it by the General Council and the Rector, as well as to propose codes of conduct, guidelines, recommendations, opinions and reflections as well as debates regarding its area of intervention and the different strands of the University's mission. CEUMinho is also responsible for issuing reasoned opinions on the ethical evaluation of R&D projects, namely all activities involving in any form people, animals or biological material of human or animal origin.

Framed by the principles set forth in article 3 of the UMinho Statutes, CEUMinho's mission is based on the respect for the dignity of the human person and its promotion.

Pursuant to article 72 of the Statutes, CEUMinho has the following composition: (i) a Chairperson, appointed by the General Council; (ii) four teachers and/or researchers from the University; (iii) two students from study cycles leading to a master's or doctoral degree; (iv) a technical, administrative or managerial employee; (v) up to four persons external to the University. The members referred to in (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) are appointed by the General Council following a proposal from the Rector.

The principles and norms applicable to the organisation and functioning of CEUMinho are expressed in the Rules of Procedure of the Ethics Council of UMinho, as approved by this body on 19 October 2018 and approved by Decision of the General Council No 35/2018 of 17 December. Under the terms of articles 7 and 8 of the Rules of Procedure, CEUMinho functions in plenary sessions and in specialised committees. At present, CEUMinho is a member of the following specialised committees: Ethics Committee for Research in Life and Health Sciences (CEICVS); Ethics Committee for Research in Social and Human Sciences (CEICSH); Ethics Committee for Research in Environmental Sciences (CEICA).​