At a Glance

CETERA is a Portuguese Academic Consulting Research Organization (CRO) and an autonomous department of the Association for Research and Development of the Faculty of Medicine (AIDFM), founded in 2013 and based at the Lisbon Academic Medical Centre (CAML). A key strength of CETERA is the academic expertise and integrity of its scientific team which lies in a global coverage with different stakeholders. CETERA provides a wide range of services, from scientific consulting and regulatory expertise to the management of national and international clinical research trials.

Our service portfolio is guided by high quality standards to ensure compliance with national and international regulations and to contribute to the transparency and operational excellence of the research activity.
The Association for Research and Development of the Faculty of Medicine (AIDFM) is a public benefit association that promotes, since 1995, biomedical research at the Lisbon School of Medicine – Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal (FMUL). CETERA also collaborates with FMUL in the development of several initiatives with the aim of promoting clinical research in Portugal (e.g. CETERA is part of the scientific and coordination committee of the Master in Clinical Research).

​Our full-service CRO is an important partner for:​

  • Pharmaceutical and medical device companies​
  • Research centers​
  • Scientific societies​
  • Society​
  • Universities​ / Researchers

Our VISION is to be a global partner in health research services and a pioneer academic contract research organization in Portugal. Our MISSION is to improve both quality and quantity of clinical research by providing excellent research services for pharmaceutical and medical devices industry, academia and investigators. Our VALUES are: Excellence, Expertise, Experience, Continuous Quality Improvement, Timeliness, Responsiveness, Research Ethics, Teamwork

Clinical Research Network – Coverage Area

During the last years, CETERA has been working with local investigators and knows well research centers profile and the local regulatory process. Having a broad network of researchers we are able to manage national and internacional multicenter studies. This network makes it possible and facilitates to conduct national and internacional research projects.


All the team at CETERA are also members of the Cardiovascular Centre of Universidade de Lisboa (CCUL) and members at the European Society of Cardiology Working Group on Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy