This tool has been developed within the framework of the EULAC-PerMed project. It aims to provide information on regulatory and funding agencies regarding clinical trials in Latin America and Europe, and to facilitate the establishment of partnerships in clinical trials on personalised medicine across countries and regions.

If you are a clinical researcher interested in establishing partnerships or collaborating with ongoing projects on personalized medicine research, reach out to us at helpdeskeulac-permed.eu with your contact information, your laboratory’s information, your areas of interest in personalised medicine, and if you are actively looking for partners for multinational clinical trials.

The information we provide on regulatory/funding requirements is based on past surveys conducted in collaboration with the participants of the project, and encompasses selected countries from Latin America and Europe. It is not exhaustive, but will continue to be updated.

Country Brief description of the regulatory framework for clinical research Main competent authority to consult for clinical study authorization Main authority to consult for marketing authorization Other regulatory bodies that must approve clinical studies
Brazil Clinical regulation is composed of a broad series of laws, rules and resolutions, and a compendium of these is produced and made publicly available by the National Health Surveillance Agency/ Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitaria (ANVISA). National Health Surveillance Agency /Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária – ANVISA National Health Surveillance Agency /Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária – ANVISA Brazilian Registry of Clinical Trials / Registro Brasileiro de Ensaios Clínicos (ReBEC)
National Research Ethics Committee / Comissão Nacional de Ética em Pesquisa – CONEP
Spain Regulation for clinical trials in Spain is inscribed in the Royal Decree 1090/2015. Furthermore, the Law 14/2007 on Biomedical research outlines other key principles to be applied to clinical research. Spanish Agency for Medicines and Medicinal Products / Agencia Española del Medicamento y Productos Sanitarios (AEMPS) Spanish Agency for Medicines and Medicinal Products / Agencia Española del Medicamento y Productos Sanitarios (AEMPS) Accredited ethics committee for research on drugs / Comités de Ética de la Investigación con medicamentos
Registro Español de Estudios Clínicos / Spanish Registry for Clinical Trials
Chile The principles and the overarching framework for clinical research in Chile are inscribed in the 20.120 Law on Scientific Research in Human Subjects, Their Genome and the Prohibition of Human Cloning and in the Technical Norm 57 – Regulation for the Execution of Clinical Trials that Utilize Pharmaceutical Products in Human Beings Instituto de Salud Publica / Public Health Institute Instituto de Salud Publica / Public Health Institute National accredited scientific ethics committees / Comités de ética cientificos autorizados
Argentina Clinical research regulation is inscribed in several of legal provisions: ANMAT Disposition No. 969/97 on the Applicable Regime to the Clinical Studies for Medical Devices *** ANMAT Disposition No. 6677/10 on Good Clinical Practices Regime for Clinical Pharmacological Studies *** MH Resolution No. 1480/11 on Guidelines for Clinical Investigations on Human Beings Comité de Ëtica Enrique T. Segura IBYME-CONICET National Administration of Drugs, Foods and Medical Devices / Administración Nacional de Medicamentos, Alimentos y Tecnología Médica (ANMAT) National Registry of Persons / Registro nacional de las personas (RENAPER)
Approval of patient information sheets and consent forms by the National Authority for Data Protection 
Independent ethics committees / Comités Independientes de Etica
Peru The Regulatioin for Clinical Trials for Peru is stipulated in the Supreme Decree N° 021-2017-SA. Instituto Nacional de Salud/National Institute of Health Directorate General of Drug Supplies and Drugs / Direccion General de Medicaments Insumos y Drogas (DIGEMID) Peruvian Clinical Trial Registry / Registro Peruano de Ensayos Clinicos (REPEC)
Costa Rica The Regulatory Law on Biomedical Research defines the regulatory framework for clinical research in Costa Rica. National Health Research Council / Consejo Nacional de Investigación en Salud (CONIS) Ministry of Health / Ministerio de Salud Scientific Ethics Committees /Comité Éticos Científicos (CEC) certified CONIS
Panama Clinical research is regulated by Decree Law 84 of May 14, 2019, Decree 512 of June 28, 2019, and Ministerial Act 400 of June 7, 2021. These laws are enforced by the Ministry of Health, and all documents and procedures can be found here. Ministry of Health / Ministerio de Salud Ministry of Health / Ministerio de Salud

Country Main national funding body for clinical research Other local funding bodies that can support PM research
Brazil Ministry of Health / Ministério da Saude National Research Council / Conselho Nacional de Pesquisa – CNPq
State foundations for research / Fundaçaoes Estaduais de Amparo à Pesquisa
Foundation for the assistance of research of the State of Minas Gerais / Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG)
Foundation for the assistance of research of the State of Sao Paolo / Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
Spain Health Institute Carlos III/Instituto de Salud Carlos III Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation / Ministerio de asuntos económicos y transformación digital
Chile National Agency for Research and Development / Agencia Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo (ANID) Corporation for the promotion of production / Corporacion de fomento a la produccion (CORFO)
Argentina National Agency for the Promotion of Research, Technological Development and Innovation / Agencia Nacional de Promoción de la Investigación, el Desarrollo Tecnológico y la Innovación (ANPCYT) Sales Foundation / Fundación Sales
National Council of Scientific and Technical Research / Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
Susan Komen Foundation/ Fundacion Susan Komen
University of Buenos Aires / Universidad de Buenos Aires,
Garrhan Pediatric Hospital / Hospital Pediatrico Garrahan,
National Cancer Institute / Instituto Nacional del Cáncer
Peru Ministry of Health of the Nation / Ministerio de Salud de la Nación San Agustín de Arequipa University / Universidad Nacional de San Agustín de Arequipa
San Marcos University / Universidad San Marcos
Cayetano Heredia University / Universidad Cayetano Heredia
National Council for Science, Technology and Scientific Innovation / Consejo nacional de Cienca, Tecnologia e Innovacion Tecnologica (CONCYTEC)
Alemania German Research Foundation / Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) German Cancer Aid / Deutsche Krebshilfe (DKH)
Federal Ministry of Education and Research / Bundesministerium für Forschung und Bildung (BMBF)
Costa Rica Fondo de Investigación e Innovación Tecnológica (FIIT) / Research and Technological Innovation Fund Consejo Nacional para Investigaciones Científicas y Tecnológicas (CONICIT)/National council for Scientific and Technological Research
Italy Ministry of Health Cariplo Foundation / Fondazione Cariplo
AIRC Foundation for Cancer Research in Italy / Fondazione AIRC per la Ricerca sul Cancro (AIRC)
Lombardy Region / Regione Lombardia
Panama National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation/ SECRETARIA NACIONAL DE CIENCIA, TECNOLOGÍA E INNOVACIÓN
Uruguay National Agency for Research and Innovation / Agencia Nacional de Investigacion e Inovacion (ANII) Sectorial Commission for Scientific Researc/ Comision Sectorial de Investigacion Cientifica (CSIC)

International organizations and programs that can fund PM research in LAC and EU countries:

The findings of a dedicated survey have been summarized here, presenting the main areas of interest for collaborations in clinical trials in Personalised Medicine. The survey was carried out in December 2020, and was circulated to stakeholders, participants, and potential collaborators of the EULAC PerMed project.

A long version of the survey aimed at collecting information on areas of interest in research or ongoing projects related to Personalised Medicine, and a shorter version was focused on regulatory and funding information. A total of 28 participants answered the survey (26 for the long version, 2 for the short version). Most of the respondents were from Argentina and Brazil (five from each country). In total, eight (30.8%) of the respondents were from Europe, with the majority of the participants being from Italy (three).

Figure 1. Countries of the survey’s participants.

Areas of interest in personalized medicine research

We asked participants to list a maximum of five areas of interest in personalized medicine research, and five potential areas of collaboration in personalized medicine research. Since these were open questions, we generated word clouds to summarize the participants’ responses using R’s ‘wordcloud’ package. We analyzed responses for all participants, for respondents from Latin America and for those from Europe.

Based on our results, cancer, bioinformatics, genomics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and health systems were prioritized by participants as areas of interest in personalized medicine research (Figure 2). Similar results were observed for participants from Latin America (Figure 3), whereas the areas of interest identified by participants from Europe were cancer, radiomics, bioinformatics, epidemiology, imaging, modelling, and machine learning (Figure 4).

Figure 2. Areas of interest in personalized medicine research, all participants

Figure 3. Areas of interest in personalized medicine research (participants from Latin America)


Figure 4. Areas of interest in personalized medicine research (participants from Europe)


Potential areas of collaboration between Latin America and Europe

When asked about potential areas of collaboration across regions, the areas most frequently mentioned were health data, cancer, genetics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, imaging, sequencing, and rare diseases (Figure 5). Responses from participants from Latin America identified similar potential areas of collaboration. Genomics, and analysis of genetic variants were also areas frequently identified by participants from this region (Figure 6). On the other hand, according to participants from Europe, potential areas of collaboration in personalized medicine were cancer, data analysis, medical imaging, and omics (Figure 7).

Figure 5. Potential areas of collaboration in personalized medicine research, all participants

Figure 6. Potential areas of collaboration in personalized medicine research (participants from Latin America)

Figure 7. Potential areas of collaboration in personalized medicine research (participants from Europe)