Dr. Vasantha Muthuswamy retired as Senior Deputy Director General and Chief of Division of Basic Medical Sciences, Traditional medicine & Bioethics and Division of Reproductive Health & Nutrition from Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR),Delhi in 2008 after three decades of service in different capacities. A post graduate with Obstetrics and Gynaecology joined ICMR as a Talent scholar . A WHO Fellow at the Kennedy Institute for Ethics ,Georgetown University, Washington DC, she is recognised for bringing out the ICMR’s “Ethical guidelines for biomedical research on human subjects “ in 2000 and the revised version “Ethical guidelines for research on human participants” in 2006 . She also prepared Guidance document for Animal experimentation, Guidelines for Stem cell research and therapy , Guidelines for Safety evaluation of food derived from GE plants and Guidelines for Good Clinical laboratory practices etc. As the Founder Secretary of Forum for Ethics Review Committees in Asia Pacific(FERCAP), she has attended Bioethics and GCP workshops in more than 30 countries .Received Lifetime achievement Award from Indian Society for Clinical Research, National Bioethics Conference , FERCAP and Yenopoya University. She is currently President of FERCI (Forum for Ethics Review Committees in India) .