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The Congregation of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, at the University of São Paulo, is the highest consulting and deliberative body of the faculty, presided by the Dean and formed by the Vice-Dean and the president of each committee, asides from the Department chiefs, Full-Professor representatives, Associate Professors and Doctor Professors, as well as representatives from the alumni; by the representative of the staff and a representative of the former alumni of the Faculty.


The CTA is composed by the Dean, Vice-Dean, the Heads of the Departments, a graduation student’s representative and a faculty staff member. Its responsible for administrative decisions. Among its responsibilities, it deliberates on the Unit’s budget; removal and dismissal of professors, removal and dismissal of faculty staff; opining on the creation, modification and termination of Departments; proposing to the congregation, upon request of the Department Councils, creating jobs and teaching functions and performing other duties assigned to it by the Regiment.


Located at the Chemistry Ensemble, the FCF-USP occupies 20.128 m² of built area on the campus where it develops research activities, teaching and service to the community. There are 36 teaching and research labs, 11 classrooms, two auditoriums and other teaching and administrative areas, distributed in eight buildings, and the Creation and Experimentation Vivarium and Library which are shared with the Institute of Chemistry. On the current Director Plan investments have been directed to infra structural adjustments related to safety and accessibility in order to obtain the Fire Department Permit and Certificate of accessibility from the São Paulo’s City Hall. The Research and Development Center is under construction with an approximate area of 2,000 m², aimed at the strengthening, integration and innovation of the research lines, where collective labs and an analysis central will be installed aiming at the interaction with national and international research groups.

The academic area is composed by 12 employees:
  - Academic Support (04)
  - Undergraduate School Service (03)
  - Graduate School Service (03)
  - Academic Support Service (02)
  - Internship Service (01)
Among the Academic Assistance activities, one can list: Supervising the services of support to educational activities for the undergraduate and graduate students of FCF. Assisting, by providing documents, the meetings of the Congregation, and of the Research, Culture and Extension, Animal Experimentation Ethics, and Research Ethics committees, as well as providing logistic and legal support to the Undergraduate and Graduate School Committees, to the Departments and the Board; Assisting the statutory committees, helping and organizing the Faculty's activities, enforcing the rules to avoid unnecessary interruptions of academic and administrative procedures; assisting with selective processes for hiring faculty members. Supporting the Departments and the Board, by executing selective processes, reports, elections and other documents.


The Administrative Assistance (ATAd) directly advises the Board of the Faculty, participating on its decisions in meetings and working groups, in the Unit as well as with USP’s Central Administrative Organs. It also acts on planning, controlling and coordinating administrative activities related to infrastructure and human resources, maintenance and supervision of subcontracting services. Of utmost importance to the fulfillment of the Management Program, the Administrative Technical Assistance relies on the support and dedication of a staff of forty people. One high-level employee, thirteen technicians and twenty-six of basic level, distributed in the areas of Expedient, Personnel, General Services, Transportation, Building Maintenance and Monitoring Sections. It performs administrative support to many departments of the faculty, respecting personnel and infrastructure procedures in order to ensure the necessary conditions to the progress of the activities developed by these areas.

It gives technical support to the following committees:

  - CIPA - Accident Prevention Internal Committee;

  - Quality and Productivity Internal Committee,

  - Biosafety Internal Committee,

  - USP - Recycles Internal Committee; and

  - Chemical and Biological Safety Committee.

The current demand for services has added computerized routines, which implies on the Administrative Area employees systematically receiving trainings for the recycling of knowledge and for learning new work techniques. In addition to that, and aiming to supply the motivational program established in the Faculty, the Administrative Assistance also enables the achievement of technical and behavioral training through its own staff or other organizations, directed at the integration of sections and the development of teamwork. This enhancement of human resources was achieved to raise the level and quality of work and to build a stimulating environment to the implementation of Improvement Plans.


It is responsible for sectors whose performance directly affects the Financial and/or Accounting Area structuring activities and planning, implementation, execution and management of budgetary and extrabudgetary resources procedures, according to the current legislation and the needs of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The Financial Assistance (ATFin) includes Accounting, Treasury, Materials and Covenants / Contracts Services. It aims toward satisfactory results, analyzing needs and enabling the attendance through alternatives solutions that contribute to excellency in services. It advises the Board of Faculty, Academic and Administrative Assistance, Library, Vivarium, Informatics and the four Departments which are part of the Faculty. It also collaborates with the preparation and management of projects, supporting faculty members, staff and alumni in the various research and extension activities, and issue reports, rendering accounts and feedback on relevant issues.

The vivarium of FCF and IQ/ USP is compatible with international standards in the production and laboratory animals testing, according to international and National Biosafety Committee Standards of the Brazilian Society for Laboratory Animal Science and the Arouca Law, n. 11,794. with the support of the production area, it is responsible for the creation of 12 strains of rats and mice and produces annually around 12,000 Specified Pathogen Free animals/ year. It serves an average of 60 researchers from both units, providing animals for research projects, within the requirements of species, strain, sex, age, weight, health, genetic and nutritional standards, whose standards are assessed by specific laboratory tests. The experimentation department is charged with conducting an average of 90 research projects / year, it serves about 25 alumni per day. Such projects are evaluated by the FCF and the IQ / USP’s Ethics Committee. Its rooms are kept at negative pressure with HEPA selective filters with air supply and exhaustion and autoclave barrier, which guaranteed research activities with GMO Group II for the CQB. The hygiene and sterilization department is responsible for receiving, cleaning, disinfecting, sterilizing and distributing all materials used in other sections as well as the attendance of the euthanasia procedures and biological waste disposal. All disposal and the involved procedures follow standards established by CONAMA and CNTBio. The Housing has a website,, constantly updated. with link in the FCF / USP and IQ pages. This webpage is available in e-book format, the “ FCF / IQ-USP vivarium Manual of Laboratory Animals and Procedures” prepared by the Animal Facility staff, in order to record the main activities and share the gained knowledge.

The Division of Library and Documentation of the Chemistry ensemble, University of São Paulo (USP-DBDCQ), is composed by the collections of the Institute of Chemistry and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Library. It is consisted by 108.535 registered volumes, including books, thesis and reviews. It occupies a total area of 3.473 m², offering users seven group study rooms, 25 computers for catalogs research and Internet databases. In 2012, the Library services achieved these numbers: approximately 48.379 moved, loaned and consulted items, being 30 862 queries in printed collections and 17,517 collection works loans. Approximately 1,528 diverse forms of bibliographic exchange and 274 loan requests between libraries. Besides the traditional and classic activities, developed by DBDCQ, the units have adopted the expansion and diversification of activities and Library use policy, such as the creation of a multimedia room with capacity for 64 people, videoconferencing capabilities, offering the academic community space for meetings, lectures, classes, courses and other events. It also features a gourmet space, providing users a pleasant atmosphere for meetings and lectures.

The Information Technology Department (STI) is a technical body reporting directly to the Board of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, which serves the entire community composed of staff, faculty members, undergraduates and graduate alumni linked to the four Departments, Administration, Library, Vivarium, University Pharmacy, Extension Services and Student Organizations. The computational structure is constantly renewed in order to keep up to the new technology, using only the most modern equipment. All the staff involved is enabled to: follow the current technological demand; offer hardware and software assistance to all users; administer the academic and administrative networks; manage the teleconference, recording and filming system; minister courses; manage FCF's network structure; provide consulting and analysis services; create and manage network servers and FCF's websites, as well as app systems used via web; reorganize the cables' structure; participate of USP's cloud project; participate of the update of auditoriums, of the creation of FCF's portal and of the management of the students' Computer Room, designed for Undergraduate students.


The FCF has a staff of 196 technical and administrative employees: 37 high-level, 109 technicians and 50 basic-level employees in total, whose work is essential to the achievement of educational and research activities. The Faculty has invested in training, facilities and equipment, with the goal of improving the quality of life, qualification and productivity of employees, aiming to have well prepared and motivated human resources to provide services which achieve the Institution’s goals. With a focus on efficiency and productivity, it promotes continuous improvement, supported on basic premises: implementing action plans with clear and well defined goals; organizational structure modernization; permanent training and development programs for the staff; quality programs, seeking administrative modernization and rationalization, with emphasis on computer resources and specific technological level improvement. The functional staff improvement occurs through internal and external training self-stimulation and participation in events, subsidized with budget or special funds. In average there are 2,000 promoted specific training h / year of their duties or related to Safety, Interpersonal Relationships, Leadership Development, Time Management, Motivation and Personal Development.

The undergraduate course in Pharmaceutical Sciences was created in 1899, at the Pharmacy School of São Paulo. In 1934, the School was incorporated to the University of São Paulo (USP). The course is ministered in five years, during the day, and in six years, for the evening classes. The admission process is performed annually, via admittance test. The course’s purpose is to form professionals who perform their duties with competence, ethics and social commitment, capable of facing the current challenges of the workforce market. The curriculum of the course structures itself in two nuclei, a basic and a vocational one. The first one encompasses the contents of exact, biological, human, social and health sciences, whereas the second one contemplates the pharmaceutical sciences via practical activities, internships and written assignments. In this nuclei, elective disciplines are included, grouped in three axis of formation: health, regulatory affairs, and technology and management.


The graduate school was created in 1968 and started to function regularly in the beginning of the 70s. Currently, courses of master and doctor degrees are offered in the following areas: Bromatology; Experimental Nutrition; Food Technology; Fermentation Technology; Chemical-Pharmaceutical Technology; Clinical Analysis; Pharmaceutical Resources; Production and Pharmaceutical Control; Toxicology and Toxicological Analysis and Applied Human Nutrition (FCF/FEA/FSP joint-project). Via international agreements, the programs offer possibilities for interinstitutional and international degrees.

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