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ERA-EDTA and Ethics

The ERA-EDTA strongly supports initiatives and organizations which are committed to fostering communication on ethical practices in the care of patients.

For this reason ERA-EDTA fully endorses:

the ‘The Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism’ (http://www.declarationofistanbul.org/)  

as well as

the ‘The Declaration of Helsinki’
(http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/index.html).

These are some of most important initiatives whose mission and guidance have always being affecting the medical community and therefore can justify their claim to be worldwide.

ERA-EDTA complies with the Code for Interactions with Companies (http://www.cmss.org/codeforinteractions.aspx), which was created by the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) of the USA, with the following exceptions:

  1. Being a European society, ERA-EDTA does not comply with ACCME rules, but with those of UEMS;
  2. Instead of complying with PhRMA rules, ERA-EDTA complies with those of the EPFIA (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Association);
  3. ERA-EDTA does not comply with article 1.4 since all ERA-EDTA Council members are trustees and work for the Society on a voluntary basis; furthermore, they may, in some cases, remain in office for up to a maximum of 9 years and it would not be reasonable to have to comply with this article for such an extended period of time.
  4. ERA-EDTA complies totally with the requirements for transparency and sponsorship of Congresses, Guidelines and Publications as outlined in the CMSS Code.”

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