The composition, functions and rules of procedure of the Governing Bodies, Management, Participation Bodies and Scientific Committees are reflected in the Statutes of Biodonostia HRI, added to which are all of the aspects indicated in the Internal Regulations.

Governing Bodies

Biodonostia HRI has the following Governing Bodies, professional association members or individuals, whose composition, functions and mechanisms of renewal are reflected in its Statutes:

General Meeting

The composition, functions, powers and rules of procedure of the General Assembly are reflected in the Statutes of Biodonostia.

As indicated in Article 7 of said Statutes, the General Assembly is the highest Body of expression of the will of the Association, and will go about its functions according to the stipulations of the legal system and of its Statutes.

The General Assembly is made up of all Members and is the highest governing and decision-making Body. Its functions are established by the registered Statutes of Biodonostia HRI, added to which are all of the aspects indicated in the Internal Rules of Procedure.

Single-person bodies: Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Secretary-Treasurer

Chairperson

The Chairperson of the Association represents the Body in institutional, judicial and administrative matters, although they can delegate said representation. The Chairperson also establishes the agenda for the sessions and presides over them. This position will be held by the head of the Basque Government Health Department.

Deputy Chairperson

The Deputy Chairperson of the Association substitutes the Chairperson in the event of absence, illness, or vacancy, and performs all of the functions delegated by the Chairperson. This position will be occupied by the Director General of Osakidetza-Basque Health Service.

Secretary-Treasurer

The Secretary-Treasurer takes minutes minutes of the agreements taken at the meetings, issues certificates with the approval of the Chairperson and executes all of the functions attributed to their position by the rules of the associated administrative Bodies. This position will be held by the natural person appointed for the purpose by the Basque Foundation for Health Innovation and Research.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee acts as Governing Body on delegation by the Association’s General Assembly.

The General Assembly will be able to appoint, from among its members or not, an Executive Committee made up of a minimum of 4 and maximum of 6 members, for a period of 4 years:

The composition of the Executive Committee will distinguish between Ex-Officio Members and Freely Appointed Members.

Ex-Officio Members are those appointed due to their position.

  • Representation of the Basque Government Director of health research and innovation.
  • Person holding the position of Manager of the Health Organisation in the headquarters of which Biodonostia HRI resides, or the person delegated by them.
  • Representation of the Basque Foundation for Health Innovation and Research.

Freely Appointed Members are those who are appointed by the General Assembly.

Management Bodies

The Biodonostia HRI will have a Scientific Director and a Director-Head of Management.

Participation Bodies

Research Committee

This Body will be made up of a minimum of 20 and maximum of 30 members freely appointed and dismissed by the General Assembly or from among personalities of professional and scientific renown in the Association’s field of action.

The Research Committee will be made up of:

  • The Scientific Director of Biodonostia HRI, who will act as its Chairperson.
  • A member of the Units or Services providing Support to R&D&I, who will act as the Secretary.
  • The Coordinators of each of the Areas or Research at the Institute or a representative delegated by said Coordinators.
  • One representative of the Member of the research activity provided that said Body is not already represented under one of the previous criteria.
  • In the case of heterogeneous areas formed by different research groups, the Institute’s Scientific Director has the authority to include a representative from one or more Groups on the Research Committee, whose line of work is different to that of the Coordinator of the Area to which said Group or Groups correspond.
  • One representative of the Basque Health Service Organisations making up the Institute.
  • A representative holding undergraduate training responsibilities.
  • A representative holding post-graduate training responsibilities.
Scientific Committees

External Scientific Advisory Committee

This Body will be made up of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 members freely appointed and dismissed by the General Assembly from among personalities of professional and scientific renown in the Association’s field of action.

Clinical Research Ethics Committee

The Basque Country has a Medicine Research Ethics Committee (CEIm) accredited by the AEMPS, which reviews clinical trials, observational studies and multi-centre research projects. The Biodonostia HRI also has the Gipuzkoa Healthcare Area REC, which provides its services to the entire province of Gipuzkoa, assessing single-centre research projects.

Body responsible for animal welfare (Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee)

An Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee (CEEA) manages and reviews Research Projects requiring experiments with animals. This committee has the purpose of ensuring the animals’ welfare and of adapting the design of the experiments carried out to current regulations, collaborating with researchers in analysing the ethical implications of the projects and issuing reports when called to do so.


Organisational Chart

Organisational Chart