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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’ (  

as well as

the ‘The Declaration of Helsinki’

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 (, 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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