On 12 October 2017 the Indian Minister for Health and Family Welfare launched the new National Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical and Health Research at the ICMR Head Quarters in New Delhi. Since 1980 ICMR has provided ethical guidelines for biomedical research, which have been constantly revised and aligned with contemporary developments in the field of bioethics. TRUST team member Dr Vasantha Muthuswamy, director of FERCI, was chairing the latest revision process.
The guidelines are applicable to all types of biomedical and health research involving human participants, their biological materials as well as the data generated during research. Newly added sections include information on public health research, research during humanitarian emergencies/disasters, vulnerable populations and more. For the first time guidance is being provided for ethics committees to make the reviewing process of multi centric research more efficient. In addition, the guidelines include a companion document for Biomedical Research involving children.
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