(Name, Scope and Nature)
1. The Center for Research on Natural Medicine, hereinafter referred to as The Center or as CIMN, is an institution set up under the Portuguese Institute of Naturology on October 1st 2013.
2. The Center is an organic unit of non-profit, open and of transdisciplinary research activity, common to public and private institutions, that is defined as a technical-scientific unit of basic and applied research that aims at promoting and coordinating scientific activity in various areas of studies, regarding all aspects of Health and the intervention of Natural Medicine, in Health approach by natural means.
3. The Center promotes the well-being, Health and the economic, social and cultural conditions for the development of Society, using practice as research methodology.
4. The Center has local, regional, national and international scope.
(Duration and Headquarters)
1. The CIMN is a project of indefinite time.
2. The Center is situated at Rua Filipe Folque, No. 40 - Floor 2, 1050-114 Lisbon.
3. Through different resolutions, the Center may join and associate itself with national, foreign or international organizations with similar objectives, as well as create delegations or any other form of representation, within or outside the country.
1. The CIMN has three main objectives:
a) To promote research and scientific development in Natural Medicine through, among others: design and implementation of research projects; co-operational exchanges of scientific knowledge with national and international institutions through publications, organizing scientific events, and other types of exchanges;
b) To provide extension services to the community and develop effective intervention strategies in accordance to the thematic areas and key research lines for the Center;
c) To promote continuous education for the integration of CIMN members in teaching and postgraduate training activities.
2. Other CIMN's Objectives include:
a) Contributing to the progress, well-being and quality of life in the community, in general;
b) Conducting and developing operational research activities relating to the promotion of Health by natural methods, in connection to people, institutions and organizations working in Health and boosting Health promotion together with communities which are most in need of this kind of support;
c) Transferring and integrating knowledge, based on science and technology approved by the Scientific Council, including through publications and holding of scientific meetings;
d) Promoting scientific exchange with institutions and researchers; nationally and internationally;
e) Creating a network of scientific and cultural scope.
3. The research activities fall within the scope of the scientific fields set by the Center and are pivotally structured as: Research and Project Lines.
1. For furtherance of its overall objectives, the Center has the following attributes:
a) Promotes good Health practices among the population, raising awareness for its benefits and supporting it in its implementation, through demonstration and training;
b) Encourages the wide-spread implementation of research in natural therapies;
c) Provides training for qualified human resources in a complementarity perspective and with relation to their academic training, supporting placements, master's, doctoral or further training, integrated in the Center's activities;
d) Promotes knowledge transfer, by involving teachers and students in joint projects and activities;
e) Establishes contract programs with state and non-state entities, aiming at structured and programmatic interventions of medium term;
f) Publishes its research results in which it engages and spreads scientific and technological culture in its areas of operation;
g) Exchanges scientific and technical information with other related institutions;
h) Promotes initiatives aimed at experiences-discussion and innovations in the fields of practice and technological research; organizing conferences, seminars, study groups or any other forms of collective work;
i) Conducts any other eminent scientific and practical activities that Management and the Scientific Council require to follow further;
j) Promotes, coordinates and implements research projects and studies within the defined areas and lines of action;
l) Strengthens links and synergies between subjects and encourages interdisciplinary research;
m) Assists with the wide-spreading of scientific knowledge by supporting publications, meetings, conferences and other events, nationally and internationally;
n) Supports the continuous training of researchers;
o) Promotes and supports the implementing of advanced level training activities;
p) Promotes cooperation with other institutions and participation in scientific, national and international networks;
q) Provides services to the community as part of its scientific activity, including conducting studies or weaving opinions.
2. It is also of the CIMN, to:
1. Prepare and implement research projects, which will be integrated with defined research communities, fostering innovative and sustainable research;
2. The spreading of scientific and technological knowledge through the publication of research results in reference journals;
3. Cooperation with other research centers and scientific networks, nationally and internationally, as well as participating in other scientific structures considered to be strategic;
4. Organize conferences, seminars and other scientific events;
5. Promote advanced level training activities and support the continuous training of researchers;
6. Promotion of scientific activities related to the productive sector and to society in general;
7. Carrying out extension work;
8. Promotion of training and of wide-spreading in scientific activities;
9. Provision of services and of consulting with the public and private sectors.
1. In its activity of Research and Development, the Center is guided by the following general principles:
a) Freedom of research:
I) The Freedom of research is guaranteed to all institutions and to all researchers, working with the Center and must be exercised with respect for the legal framework in force and to the appropriate institutions regulations;
II) Institutions that collaborate with the Center enjoy a freedom of self-organization, self-regulation, to determine their goals and to choose their research projects.
I) The responsibility is inseparable from freedom of research;
II) The Center responds for ethical and social consequences of their activity;
III) The Center responds also by presenting the results of its activities.
c) Good scientific and practical performance.
Research and development groups, as well as researchers who collaborate with the Center, must base their activity on the principles of good scientific practice.
2. Specific and applicable principles of the Center as an Institution of Research and Development:
a) The Center is linked to the principles stated in General Law;
b) In addition, it is governed by the following principles: i) Regular and independent monitoring of scientific assessments, techniques and finances; II) Optimization of available resources; III) Planning by objectives in regards to programs and projects; IV) Training of human resources; V) wide-spreading of scientific and pedagogical culture; VI) Institutional cooperation.
The Center is committed to create a working environment conducive to the performance of researchers. To this end it pays special attention to the following areas:
1. Support to researchers: the Center must support their technicians and researchers, putting at their disposal:
a) decent facilities, with its own life in terms of knowledge creation (PhD theses, scientific articles, conferences, etc.);
b) a diverse and up-to-date date library in accordance with the specific areas of research;
c) thematic working groups;
d) interdisciplinary promotion;
e) support for participation in conferences and seminars, nationally and internationally.
2. Support the development and creation of partnerships with Health care institutions, Universities and clinical centers, in development of diagnostics and the pursue of further improvements:
a) Creating disciplinary teams;
b) Proposing means of improvement;
c) Providing specific means in its intervention areas;
d) Giving permanent training to their technical staff.
3. Support the establishment of working groups to carry out innovative projects: the Center should always give priority to applied research, supporting:
a) Promotion of applications for funded projects;
b) Promotion of projects for patenting.
(Areas of Research)
The Center will focus its research on the assessment, validation, development and integration of Natural Medicine in Health Care. The main research areas are:
1. Medical Botany, Herbal Medicine, Pharmacology and Phytotherapic Analysis;
2. Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Nutrition and Nutritional Supplementation;
3. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine;
4. Body and Mind Sciences
5. Osteopathy, Chiropractic and Massage;
6. Holistic Medicine, Philosophy and Medical Ethics.
1. Members of the CIMN may be PhD researchers, teachers and graduates, national or foreign, whose knowledge is identified with the various research groups that are part of the Center and that participate in the unit's projects, with a prospect of scientific and quality research to develop activities that may be incorporated in any of the research activities that integrate the Center.
2. The CIMN is formally constituted by Integral Members, Collaborating Members and Specialist Members.
3. Integral Members of the CIMN are researchers who meet all of the following requirements:
a) are holders of an academic degree of Doctor;
b) have research interests in the fields and areas of the CIMN's research communities;
c) hold a scientific productivity that is integrated into the CIMN's research groups.
4. Collaborating Members are all members participating in the CIMN's research communities, although they may already be members of other units financed by the Foundation for Science and Technology; Holders of previous degrees to PhD; Doctors who do not comply with the requirement of paragraph c) of paragraph 3.
5. The entry, stay or exit of the Center's integrated members is biannually revised in accordance with the deadlines established by the Foundation for Science and Technology.
6. Grant recipients that meet the scientific fellow research statute are considered Collaborating Members.
7. Registry of new members follows a proposal, approved by the Scientific Council, which is sent to the CIMN's Director.
The CIMN's Management Structure comprises:
a) the Scientific Council;
b) The Director;
c) The Executive Committee;
d) The Monitoring Committee.
(Scientific Council's bodies and powers)
1. The Scientific Council consists of all Integral Members, chaired by the President.
2. Specially invited elements may attend the Scientific Council's meeting, in exceptional circumstances and without voting rights, provided that it is in the interest of the Board's work.
3. It is up to the Scientific Council:
a) monitor the scientific activities and weave advice on all matters concerned with CIMN's scientific management;
b) approve the creation, restructuring and closure of areas and lines of research;
c) consider applications for new CIMN members;
d) review and approve research projects submitted within the areas and the Center's lines of research;
e) propose and approve protocols or other forms of cooperation and scientific exchanges with similar institutions, domestic and foreign;
f) review and approve the plans and the Center's activities reports;
g) consider and approve the Regulatory Statutes as well as the Center's budgets; and
h) advise on all matters that may be brought about by the Director, the Executive Committee or by any of its members within its powers.
(Election and Director's skills)
1. The Director is the Scientific Coordinator of the Center, responsible for ensuring quality and scientific leadership as well as management activities.
2. The Director is elected by the members of the Scientific Council for terms of three years, from the Center's Integral Members, by direct and universal suffrage in accordance with regulation.
3. The elected Director must obtain at least half plus one of the votes cast where, if this does not occur, is to be carried out a second round between the top two candidates.
4. The Director may appoint, from within the Center's members, up to two Executive Coordinators;
5. The Director is responsible, directly or by delegation to the Executive Coordinators, for:
a) Representing the CIMN;
b) Convening meetings on his own initiative or at the request of a minimum of five members of the CC;
c) Promoting cooperation and transdisciplinarity between members of the CIMN and between members of other departments and research centers, based on initiatives and projects of common interest;
d) Ensuring the overall functioning of the CIMN and its financial management;
e) Preparing plans and the Center's activity reports;
f) Preparing the financial reports and budgets for the Center;
g) Preparing the Center's regulatory statutes;
h) Ensuring compliance with all laws, statutes, regulations and guidelines issued by the Center's Scientific Council.
(Executive Committee's Powers and Bodies)
1. The Executive Committee consists of the Director, Executive Directors and Group Leaders in the CIMN's Research Areas;
a) The CIMN's Group Leaders for the various Research Areas are chosen by the Scientific Council from within the Center's integrated researchers;
b) The Group Leader must perform their duties for a period of three years, which should coincide with the mandate of the Director;
2. The Executive Board is responsible for defining a research strategy, its implementation and monitoring.
(Accompanying Commission's Powers and Bodies)
1. The Accompanying Commission is the body that monitors and evaluates the CIMN's scientific activity.
2. The Accompanying Commission must consist of a maximum of five individuals of recognized merit, external to the Center and must include, where possible, foreign researchers.
3. The creation of the Accompanying Commission is approved by the CIMN's Scientific Council under a Director's proposal.
4. The term of office must be of three years.
5. The Accompanying Commission is chaired by an elected member from among their peers.
6. It is of the Accompanying Commission:
a) To weave opinions on the establishment of areas and lines of research, the Center's research agenda, the wide-spreading of results and priorities in terms of providing service to the community as well as advanced training;
b) To review the Center's activities, in annual visits.
(Connection to the community and wide-spreading of scientific activities)
1. The CIMN promotes the connection to Society, seeking to share information, knowledge and participatory raising of new problems in research and aspects of innovative directions of Intervention in Health and in Natural Medicine.
2. The CIMN supports the promotion of scientific culture, the wide-spreading of scientific knowledge and the discussion of its results and of its activities in the different areas, in particular by:
A) Publication of articles in scientific journals;
B) Publication of books;
C) Publication of reports and of working papers;
D) Publication of documents in audio-visual and multimedia support; and
E) Organizing seminars, conferences, scientific meetings, summer schools and other similar initiatives.
1. The financial resources of the CIMN are:
a) Pluriannual FCT Financing;
b) Amounts committed by IPN, APSANA;
c) Revenue from research projects;
d) Income from training and provision of services to the community;
e) Revenue from other sources.
2. The funds must be expended in accordance with the CIMN's Regulatory Statutes, which comply with the provisions laid down by law.
3. The funds' management made available to the CIMN must be made, according to criteria that stimulate the quality of scientific productivity, as measured by objective criteria.
(Meetings and Resolutions)
1. Meetings should be convened with at least 48 hours in advance, except in those that purport to carry out elections or alter the Center's Regulatory Statutes, which should be convened with at least seven days in advance.
2. For each meeting, a record of the meeting is compiled, containing a summary of the decisions taken.
3. The Board must meet once every trimester.
4. The Scientific Council will meet extraordinarily whenever the Director convenes, or at least five of its members so request it.
5. Any decision by the Scientific Council requires the presence of at least half plus one of its members.
6. The Accompanying Commission meets once a year and extraordinarily whenever called for by the Director.
(Amendments to the Statutes)
The Amendments to the Statutes are made following a proposal by the Director or by the Scientific Council, and are approved at a Scientific Council's meeting specifically convened for that purpose.
(Situations not covered in the Regulatory Statutes)
Any decisions on missing points in the Statutes are responsibility of the CIMN's Scientific Council.
Porto, October 1st 2015