About the IEC for Human Research
The Institutional Ethics Committee (IEC) for Human Research is an important component of the University that oversees research proposals & Ph.D. proposals involving human participants with a view to safeguard the dignity, rights, safety and well-being of all actual and potential research participants.
The Ph.D. registration of research scholars working on human subjects is approved only when they produce a clearance certificate from the IEC.
Normally the IEC will meet 2-3 times per year.
Role of IEC:
IEC will review and approve all types of research proposals involving human participants with a view to safeguard the dignity, rights, safety and well being of all actual and potential research participants. The goals of research, however important, should never be permitted to override the health and well being of the research subjects. The IEC will take care that all the cardinal principles of research ethics viz. Autonomy, Beneficence, Non maleficence and Justice are taken care of in planning, conduct and reporting of the proposed research. For this purpose, it will look into the aspects of informed consent process, risk benefit ratio, distribution of burden and benefit and provisions for appropriate compensations wherever required. It will review the proposals before start of the study as well as monitor the research throughout the study until and after completion of the study through appropriate well documented procedures for example annual reports, final reports and site visits etc. The committee will also examine compliance with all regulatory requirements, applicable guidelines and laws. The mandate of the IECs will be to review all research projects involving human subjects to be conducted at the Institute, irrespective of the funding agency. The role of IEC can be modified according to the requirement of each Institute.