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Survey about achondroplasia
We have designed a questionnaire with the purpose to better know the population connected to achondroplasia.
The questionnaire is optional and anonymous. The data obtained will be used for statistical purposes and to better understand the natural history of achondroplasia. Please consider answering.
If you would like to take the survey later, you can click on the link at the top "Register at BA"


The GDPR recognize that the protection of natural persons in relation to the processing of personal data is a fundamental right.


At such regard, the Controller shall collect and process their personal data in compliance with the obligations of correctness, lawfulness, transparency and protection of confidentiality and integrity in accordance with the principles and requirements of the legislation on the protection of personal data and as provided for in this notice.
The Data Controller is ANDO Portugal, the patient association running Beyond Achondroplasia.
Our commitment to protecting your privacy is paramount for Beyond Achondroplasia (ahead also as “BA”, “us”, “we” or "the website"). The following privacy and cookies policy describes how we collect and use information about people who visit our website.
We will ask you to consent to our use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this policy when you first visit our website and more information on cookies can be found below.

If you have any queries about this policy please contact Inês Alves (Chief Executive) or Diogo Costa (Project Manager) at Beyond Achondroplasia, Avenida D. Leonor Fernandes, 46, 7005-144 Évora, Portugal or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Personal data collection and use

Personal data will be collected by means of a voluntary questionnaire that you may choose to reply or not and may include year of birth, gender, email address, country, advocacy website, medical history, work position, and we can also collect information on your participation in a clinical trial. BA will not share any of your data with third parties except for its use on selected research projects (public or private), approved by our advisory board, to be used towards improving the knowledge in achondroplasia, and for contact management. All the data collected by BA will be encrypted and when shared for research or investigation purposes only, all the data will be anonymized.

Your personal information will help us to:

  • Provide you with the services or information that you asked for;
  • Administer your donation or support your fundraising including processing gift aid;
  • Keep a record of our relationship with you;
  • Ensure we know how you prefer to be contacted. BA will only send communications to those that have explicitly stated that they want for us to do so via newsletter or email.
  • Understand how we can improve our services and information;
  • With your consent we may contact you to let you know about the progress we are making and to ask for donations or your views on specific subjects. We do not sell or share personal details to third parties for the purposes of marketing but if we run an event in partnership with another named organization, your details may need to be shared. We will be very clear what will happen to your data when you register.
Who do we share your information with
We do not share any sensitive information (such as medical history, diagnosis, etc.) with third parties, except with express consent from the data subject. However, we will share all contacts collected through Newsletter subscriptions with MailChimp, a contact management system, with the sole purpose of sending our Newsletter and other institutional communications. We may also share anonymized data collected through the optional survey available through our website with researchers for the purpose of increasing the knowledge on achondroplasia.
The data controller is not allowed disclose to third parties the personal data for purposes which are different from those above described.

How do we collect data? 


You may give us your information through e-mail, answering a survey, sending us a message through the built in messaging system in our website, subscribing to our Newsletter, in order to access advice, to sign up for one of our events, tell us your story, make a donation, or communicate with us.  

Social Media

Depending on your settings or the privacy policies for social media and messaging services like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter or LinkedIn, you might give us permission to access information from those accounts or services.
Legal basis for data collection
We collect your data on a basis of legitimate interests of the Controller, such as the safeguarding of its rights and association assets, association security and improvement of the organization and its IT system, improvement of service quality, transmission of offers, improvement of know-how, training of staff, sending newsletters, invitations to seminars and events, exhibitions and fairs, legal claims, provided that the interests and rights of the interested party do not prevail according to a balancing assessment performed before each processing and without prejudice to the right of opposition of the data subject for certain processing based on the legitimate interest of the Controller.

Data such as authors' names and contacts from papers, references and clinical trials included in our website are shown on a basis of legal use, in the context of our website's purpose.

Sensitive data sent to us by e-mail or through the messaging system in our website has to include the user's explicit consent for us to be able to process and store it for the purpose of providing the advice and support requested by the user. This means that we can only answer your questions in an e-mail containing sensitive data (such as health data) if you give us explicit consent - just providing the information is not enough.
Means of processing

Processing can be performed with or without the aid of electronic or automated tools, safeguarding data protection against intrusion, unauthorized access, alteration and loss of data. The data processing is carried out by the Data Controller also through data processors, in compliance with current legislation.

The data are stored in systems, IT supports and servers located in Portugal. Data on physical support, if collected, are kept in locked archives only accessible to authorized personnel.

The Data Controller has taken the necessary technical and organizational data protection measures to guarantee the confidentiality, integrity and availability of personal data and in particular to prevent unauthorized access, alteration, diffusion, loss or destruction.
Data subject’s rights

You, as the data subject, have the right to obtain free information on processing of its personal data, including the origin of personal data, the purposes and methods of processing, the logic applied in case of processing carried out with the aid of electronic tools, the subjects or categories of subjects to whom the personal data may be communicated or who may become aware of it as authorized representatives, processors or third parties with whom the Data Controller has contractual relations.

The interested party also has the right to obtain:
a) updating, rectification or, when interested, integration of data;
b) the cancellation, rendering anonymous or blocking of data processed in violation of the law and those that do not need to be kept for the purposes for which the data were collected and subsequently processed;
The interested party has the right to object, in whole or in part:
a) on legitimate grounds, to the processing of personal data concerning him / her, even though they are relevant to the purpose of the collection;
b) to the processing of data concerning him for the purpose of invitations to events, sending newsletters and not strictly related to the fulfillment of the contract concerning him.

At the request of the interested party, the Data Controller will limit the processing or allow the portability of personal data provided by the data subject.

Requests for deletion of data will be considered within the limits of the permitted, taking into account the legal and contractual obligations related to data retention.
The subject may at any time exercise their rights by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or a registered letter.

In any case, any request received by the Data Controller will be taken into consideration upon verification of the identity of the entitled person.

Financial transactions

We use the following payment service providers:
  • Paypal - ANDO Portugal Account;
  • Bank transfer (Bank: Crédito Agrícola).

We will share transaction data with our payment services providers only to the extent necessary for the purposes of processing your payments, refunding such payments and dealing with complaints and queries relating to such payments and refunds.

You can find information about the payment services providers' privacy policies and practices at [URL].

-  Paypal

Website Provider

By submitting your personal information to BA, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing at a location inside the European Economic Area.

BA may need to disclose your details if required to the police, regulatory bodies or legal advisors. BA will only ever share your data in other circumstances if we have your explicit and informed consent.

Retaining and deleting personal data

You have a right to ask us to stop processing or delete your personal data, and if it’s not necessary for the purpose you provided it to us for (e.g. contacting our email, processing your donation) we will do so.  Contact BA by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any concerns.

You have a right to ask for a copy of the information we hold about you. If there are any discrepancies in the information we provide, please let us know and we will correct it.

You have the right to complain to the Portuguese regulatory agency (CNPD - Comissão Nacional de Proteção de Dados) when data protection may have been breached and not rectified.

Your data may also be available to our website provider to enable us and them to carry out analysis and research on demographics, interests and behavior of our users and supporters to help us gain a better understanding of them so we can improve our services. In this case, we will previously get in contact with you to request your permission.

We will keep your e-mail and name for the purposes of sending you our Newsletter and other institutional communications until you ask to unsubscribe.

Sensitive data sent to us through e-mail or our built-in messaging system is stored for 7 years or until the purpose it was sent to us has been fulfilled.

In the case of this activity the following will apply:

  • Your data will be made available to our website provider
  • The data that may be available to them include any of the data we collect as described
  • Our website provider will not transfer your data to any other third party, or transfer your data outside of the EEA.
  • They will store your data for a maximum of 7 years.

How do we keep your data safe?

We ensure that there are appropriate technical controls in place to protect your personal details.  In this matter, our online forms are encrypted and our network is protected and routinely monitored. 

Your information will be only accessible by appropriate BA staff.

Should we use external companies to collect or process personal data on our behalf, we do comprehensive checks on these companies before we work with them, and put a contract in place that sets out our expectations and requirements; especially regarding how they manage the personal data they have collect or have access to.  

If you want to access your information, send a description of the information you want to see and proof of your identity by post to Beyond Achondroplasia Chief Executive, Inês Alves, Av. D. Leonor Fernandes, 46, 7005-144 Evora, Portugal.   We do not accept these requests by email so we can ensure that we only provide personal data to the right person.

Personal data that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.  We will retain and delete your personal data as outlined in our record keeping policy.  A copy can be requested by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Changing your cookie preferences

Your cookie preferences:
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Cookies that we use:

We use cookies for the following purposes:

(a) authentication - we use cookies to identify you when you visit our website and as you navigate our website. Cookies used for this purpose are: ASP.NET SessionId

(b) status - we use cookies to help us to determine if you are logged into our website. Cookies used for this purpose are: Member Logged In

(c) personalisation - we use cookies to store information about your preferences and to personalise the website for you. Cookies used for this purpose are: DisplayName, IDE,  DSID, _ct_rmm

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(g) cookie consent - we use cookies [to store your preferences in relation to the use of cookies more generally. Cookies used for this purpose are: __unam

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Our service providers use cookies and those cookies may be stored on your computer when you visit our website.

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Our details

This website is owned by ANDO Portugal and website provider by PTisp.

ANDO Portugal is a patient association legally registered in Portugal, under the registration number PA 828/2015 and our registered office is at:

Avenida D. Leonor Fernandes, 46
7005-144 Evora,
You can contact us:
(a)      [by post, using the postal address [given above]];
(b)      [using our website contact form];
(c)      [by email, using [the email address published on our website from time to time]].

Data protection officer:
Our data protection officer's contact details are: Chief Executive, Inês Alves (same email).


For any complaints, the interested party may write to the Data Controller by direct addressing the request by mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or registered mail; without prejudice to their right to contact the Authority responsible for the protection of personal data Comité Nacional de Proteção de Dados (CNPD) or the authority of the different European country in which they live or work.

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