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Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR) National Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research has become mandatory and needs to be adhered to for all biomedical research in the country as per the New Drugs and Clinical Trials Rules 2019 released recently by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

This will be effective after 180 days from the date of publication of Gazette. These details are included under clauses 15, 16, 17, 18 under Chapter IV of the New Drugs & Clinical Trial Rules.

This is for the first time that biomedical and health research is going to be regulated through the ethics committees and the system is being set up by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare which has designated Department of Health Research, as the authority for registration of ethics committee that review such research and thereby help in safeguarding the safety, rights, welfare of research participants. The salient
requirements are:

1. Any institution or organization which intends to conduct biomedical and health research shall be required to have an Ethics Committee (EC) which has been constituted, functions and maintains records in accordance to ICMR National Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical and Health Research Involving Human Participants, 2017. ECs shall review the research before initiation and oversee throughout the duration of the research.

2. The EC shall be required to register with the Authority and the registration would remain valid for a period of five years from the date of its issue, unless suspended or cancelled by the authority. The ICMR National Ethical Guidelines will guide the ethical requirements for all institution that are engaged in such research whether it is medical colleges, research institutions, universities, public or private funded institutions, non-governmental organisation or others.

Dr. Balram Bhargava, Secretary, Department of Health

View the guidelines here: ... elines_201

View the handbook on guidelines here: ... elines.pdf

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