Who we are

Welcome to the Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre website

Functionally and physically, the CCIb is integrated within the department of Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health at the historic Hospital de Sant Pau. At the same time, together with other healthcare, scientific and academic entities (Fundació de Gestió Sanitària de l’Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Fundació Privada de l'Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Fundació Institut de Recerca de l’Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Fundació Puigvert, Consorci Institut Català de Ciències Cardiovasculars, Banc de Sang i Teixits de Catalunya, Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona and CAP Sardenya), it is a part of the Sant Pau Biomedical Research Institute (IIB-Sant Pau), officially accredited by the Instituto de Salud Carlos III (the main public funder of health research in Spain).

The CCIb receives financial support from the Hospital de Sant Pau and from several other sources, especially public grants. The CCIb actively participates in calls for grant proposals and contracts. In accordance with the Cochrane Collaboration's current policies, the CCIb does not accept commercial funding to finance the development of Cochrane systematic reviews or any activity with which there can be any conflict of interest.

For legal purposes, the CCIb is represented by the Asociación Colaboración Cochrane Iberoamericana, a non-profit entity (registration code: G-61808457).


The Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre (CCIb by its initials in Spanish) was formally registered in 1997 as the Spanish Cochrane Centre and was located at the Parc Taulí de Sabadell. In June 2000 the new headquarters, renamed as the Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre, were officially inaugurated at the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau in Barcelona. The change of name, which was approved by Cochrane Steering Group, involved the strategic commitment of the new Centre to conduct and develop activities throughout the Iberoamerican region.


Responsibilities of the Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre within Cochrane

The Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre (CCIb) is one of the fourteen international centres of Cochrane. Its scope of responsibility stretches across Spain, Portugal, Andorra and all Spanish-speaking countries (17) across Latin America. Within Cochrane, the CCIb is responsible for:

1. Direction and coordination of the Iberoamerican Cochrane Network:
• To promote the activities of Cochrane throughout the region.
• To maintain agreements and contracts with various public and private entities to ensure sustainability of all CCIb activities without compromising its independence.

2. Methodological aid for potential reviewers and collaborative review groups within the scope of responsability:
• To provide logistical, methodological and linguistic support to people interested in developing a Cochrane review.
• To offer the necessary support to the Movement Disorders Group, coordinated from Lisbon.

3. Training activities:
• To develop training, classroom or electronic activities on the methodology of systematic reviews.
• To maintain a short stay program for advanced reviewers.
• To provide training for people who will take on tasks of training in their respective institutions or countries.

4. Dissemination activities:
• To maintain the Centre's website, ensuring that links to the web pages of collaborating institutions remain operative.
• To periodically publish an electronic newsletter.
• To support the dissemination of the CCIb's activities in congresses or scientific meetings in different countries.

5. Translation activities:
• To monitor the translation and editing of the Biblioteca Cochrane Plus (BCP).
• To maintain agreements that ensure a broadest access to the BCP, both in Spain and Latin America.
• To keep an updated translation of the methodological manual of Cochrane (Cochrane Handbook).

6. Hand searching of clinical trials:
• To develop activities for hand searches of clinical trials in science journals published in the Spanish language.
• To consult, as much as possible, national clinical trial databases.
• To send all identified trials to the CENTRAL registry of clinical trials of Cochrane.

7. To develop activities related to evidence-based medicine that may contribute to project and support the Network and the Centre.