The ethics committee is in charge of conducting scientific and ethical reviews of research proposals (Representational image)
The UGC said that all ethics committees involved in biomedical and health research involving human participants are required to be registered with an organization authorized by the central government under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
The University Grants Commission has issued a circular on registration of ethics committees for biomedical and health research with the Department of Health Research (DHR). All ethics committees involved in biomedical and health research involving human participants are required to be registered with an organization authorized by the Central Government under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This is to be done as per the New Drugs and Clinical Trial Rules, 2019.
As per the UGC notice, applications for registration of ethics committees for biomedical and health research involving human subjects are to be processed more conveniently by the National Ethics Committee Registry for Biomedical and Health Research (NECRBHR). Studies/research proposals involving human participants, biological material, and data that have not been evaluated by ethics committees that meet the following conditions should not be considered or accepted for funding by any agencies .
Higher educational institutions and their affiliated colleges/institutes are urged to strictly implement the following requirements in departments like Medical/Dental/Pharmacy/Nursing/State funded/Centrally funded organizations for academic or other purposes. Additionally, it will work to raise the standard in national biomedical research and maintain ethical practices.
The Ethics Committee is in charge of conducting scientific and ethical reviews of research proposals. Although ethics committees are permitted to use documentation from previous scientific reviews, they must assess the scientific validity of the research methods used and consider any ethical implications.
Meanwhile, the UGC has invited all Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) and affiliated colleges to sign up on the Biological Research Regulatory Approval Portal (BioRRAP). This portal was created to provide regulatory details to researchers and facilitate approvals. BioRRAP is a digital portal designed to make science and scientific research more accessible. The BioRRAP portal will strengthen interdepartmental collaboration and increase the effectiveness with which organizations are in charge of various aspects of biological research work.
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