Ethics

Meticulous ethics revision was performed prior to the project start; as the result an additional work package (WP12) regulating all relevant ethical aspects was introduced. During the lifespan of the project the following procedures are undertaken to ensure utter compliance with European regulations in the field of ethics and data protection:

  • All studies that were defined as the clinical ones will prepare a detailed study protocols that would include the consent form and information sheet. These protocols to be submitted to the local Ethics Committees and, if necessary, to the Ethics Committees of other countries that participate in a study
  • In addition, the studies defined as “clinical” ones will be registered via a recognised registry online (clinicaltrials.gov)
  • Copies of ethical approvals by the competent legal local or national Ethics Bodies are submitted to the European Commission prior to the commencement of the research
  • Detailed information is provided to the EC on privacy and confidentiality and the procedures that will be implemented for data collection, storage, protection, retention and destruction and confirmation that they comply with national and EU legislation
  • An external independent Ethics Advisor (EEA) was appointed to oversee the ethical concerns involved in this research. A report by the Ethics Advisor should be submitted to the European Commission with the Periodic Reports
  • In compliance with Directive 95/46/EC and with article 29 working group 8/2010 opinion, the data controller dedicated to the project was designated
  • Policy on incidental findings will be applied
  • Appropriate health and safety procedures conforming to relevant local and national legislation are followed for staff involved in the project
  • In case of involvement of vulnerable individuals or groups, the details will be provided about the measures taken to prevent the risk of enhancing vulnerability/stigmatisation of individuals or groups
  • During the lifetime of this project the revised Directive 95/46/EC on Data Protection and Privacy may come into force and the Coordinator takes this into account to ensure continuing compliance

 

Declarations of competing interests

 

Catalan Institute of Oncology – Spain

Esteve Fernandez Principal Investigator, Lead Researcher WP1 & WP8 Declaration of competing interests
Marcela Fu Researcher Declaration of competing interests
Olena Tigova Researcher and Project Manager Declaration of competing interests
Yolanda Castellano Data Controller Declaration of competing interests

 


Public Health Agency of Barcelona – Spain

Maria Jose López Medina Principal Investigator of WP2 Declaration of competing interests
Xavier Continente Researcher Declaration of competing interests

 

Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche “Mario Negri” – Italy

Silvano Gallus Principal Investigator of WP3 Declaration of competing interests
Alessandra Lugo Researcher Declaration of competing interests
Enrico Davoli Researcher Declaration of competing interests
Cristina Bosetti Researcher Declaration of competing interests

 

University of Aberdeen, Respiratory Group, Division of Applied Health Sciences – United Kingdom

Sean Semple Principal Investigator of WP4 Declaration of competing interest
Rachel O’Donnell Researcher Declaration of competing interest
Ruaraidh Dobson Researcher Declaration of competing interest

 

TobaccoFree Research Institute Ireland – Ireland

Luke Clancy Principal Investigator of WP5 Declaration of competing interests
Sheila Keogan Researcher Declaration of competing interests

 

George D Behrakis RESEARCH LAB – Greece

Panagiotis Behrakis Principal Investigator of WP6 Declaration of competing interests
Anna Tzortzi Researcher Declaration of competing interests
Constantine Vardavas Researcher Declaration of competing interests
Vergina Konstantina Vyzikidou Researcher Declaration of competing interests
Stephanie Teloniatis Researcher Declaration of competing interests
Matiampa Georgios Researcher Declaration of competing interests
Mpakelas Gerasimos Researcher Declaration of competing interests

 

Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori – Italy

Roberto Boffi Principal Investigator of WP7 Declaration of competing interests
Ario A. Ruprecht Co-Principal Investigator of WP7 Declaration of competing interests
Chiara Veronese Researcher Declaration of competing interests
Marco Asioli Researcher Declaration of competing interests
Cinzia De Marco Researcher Declaration of competing interests

 

Istituto per lo Studio e la Prevenzione Oncologica – Italy

Giuseppe Gorini Principal Investigator of WP9 Declaration of competing interests
Elisabetta Chellini Researcher Declaration of competing interests
Giulia Carreras Researcher Declaration of competing interests

 

Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena – Spain

Ángel López-Nicolás Principal Investigator of WP10 Declaration of competing interests
Marta Trapero-Bertran Researcher Declaration of competing interests

 

European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention – Belgium

Cornel Radu-Loghin Dissemination Lead of WP11 Declaration of competing interests
Dominick Nguyen Dissemination Declaration of competing interests
Andrea Glahn Dissemination Declaration of competing interests
Polina Starchenko Dissemination Declaration of competing interests

 

Istituto de Investigación Sanitaria Princesa – Spain

Joan B Soriano Researcher Declaration of competing interests
Maria Teresa Pastor Sanz Researcher Declaration of competing interests
Tamara Alonso Researcher Declaration of competing interests
Julio Ancochea Bermúdez Researcher Declaration of competing interests