It was the first over five training seminars for members of the Spanish Research Ethics Committees. It was held in Bellaterra (Barcelona), 7-8 May 2001. Dr. Josep-E. Baños (from Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and Dr. Inés Galende (from the Regional Ethics Committee of Madrid) were the teachers. The main objective of this kind of seminars was to improve the knowledge and skills of the attendees to develope their job inside the Ethics Research Committee.