FIOTEC’s activities are governed by its Bylaws and the prevailing legislation in Brazil, including the country’s Civil Code and Code of Civil Procedure, besides Resolution 68 of November 13, 1973, issued by the Rio de Janeiro State Attorney General’s Office.
The Bylaws specify the Foundation’s rules and regulations and the basis for its organization and functioning. FIOTEC was originally created in 1997 as the Foundation for Teaching, Research, Technological Development, and Cooperation of the National School of Public Health (Fensptec) with the objective of collaborating to stimulate, promote, and develop teaching, research, and projects in health at the National School of Public Health (ENSP). In 2002, this objective was expanded to support teaching, research, institutional, scientific, and technological development, production of inputs and services, information, and management by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) as a whole.
As a private, non-profit organization, FIOTEC conducts its activities with the aim of expanding the possibilities for FIOCRUZ to contribute to Brazilian society. Thus, its Bylaws explicitly exclude participation in any partisan political initiative or activity, while binding its endowment to comprehensive investment in its objectives, including reapplying or reinvesting any financial surpluses in costing or developing the activities provided for in the document.
For more about the rules governing FIOTEC, see:
Amendment to the Bylaws (Rio de Janeiro, October 31, 2002)
Bylaws (Rio de Janeiro, December 2, 1997)