Portugal: INFARMED, National Authority of Medicines and Health Products, IP establishes new Authorised Test Centre for ECDL Certification.
Lisbon, May 6, 2010
INFARMED aims to train and certify all employees in the areas of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) by offering the internationally recognised ECDL—European Computer Driving Licence.
The signing of an agreement with ECDL Portugal was attended by Prof. Helder Mota Filipe, Vice-President of INFARMED who referred to it as an "important turning point in the development of ICT skills for employees of INFARMED and the Ministry of Health."
According to Prof. Helder Mota Filipe "this is an extremely important step and we have strong expectations it will fill an important gap in ICT, while giving new incentives and motivation to all employees." He also underlined the growing need for training and updating of computer knowledge, referring to it as 'an asset to our work, which undoubtedly will result in increased efficiency and productivity for the whole team. "
The project with ECDL Portugal will start immediately, and aims to train and certify 300 INFARMED employees within one year.
From left to right: Mário Amorim, Valdemar Cristovão, Paula Colaço Gomes, Helder Mota Filipe and Pedro Ferreira
It also expects to open the INFARMED ECDL Centre to other entities that share control of the Ministry of Health in the near future, thus giving more people access to this important international certification.
INFARMED - National Authority of Medicines and Health Products, IP under the Ministry of Health, is the national regulatory authority that evaluates, authorises, regulates and controls human medicines and healthcare products, medical devices, cosmetics, and personal hygiene products. Its primary mission is to ensure the quality, safety and efficacy of medicinal and health products and prevent risks arising from their use, ensuring the highest standards of public health and protecting the interests of the consumer.
About ECDL Portugal
The ECDL began operations in Portugal in 2000 and is now present in over 148 countries around the world. ECDL Portugal works with the ECDL Foundation, an organization founded in 1997 with support from the European Commission and CEPIS (Council of European Professional Informatics Societies).
About ECDL Foundation
ECDL Foundation is the certifying authority of the world’s leading end-user computer skills certification programme. It is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to raising the level of computer skills in society and providing access for all to the Information Society. Known as ICDL outside of Europe, with over 9 million candidates participating in a range of programmes, ECDL Foundation has set the global benchmark in end-user skills certification.