All research will be initiated only after the following sequence of approval
Approval of the head of the department
Approval of the IRC
Approval of the IEC
All research will be conducted with honesty, compassion, kindness and all fairness.
When procedures are involved on a patient in the research the basic principle adopted by the department is Non malfeasance or "Do NO Harm".
All researchers will safeguard the interest of the patients, respect their rights and confidentiality.
Wherever it warrants an informed consent should be acquired from the patients or their responsible guardians after complete details that are required to be told to the patients and/or their guardians.
It is the responsibility of the researcher to complete any treatment to fulfillment, when only part of a procedure is in research.
If any other departments are involved within the institution and/or outside the institution it should only be with the written agreement or MOU from the authorized person of the involved departments or institutions.
Any new drugs, formulations, chemicals, devices or equipment that to be tested on patients should only be done after prior approval from the IEC and IRC. Any financial or material support given for the conduct of such tests should be declared in advance.
No students will be made to do any research work involving procedures on patients, which are not within their expected competency as a student.
All studies that involve use of animals should follow the rules and ethics that govern such studies.
All records concerning the conduct of the research shall be maintained in order.
The progress or any problems during the conduct of the research should be regularly brought to the notice of the head of the department.
All research conducted in the institution will be the property of the institution. Presentations and publications made based on the research should carry the due credit for the institution and the staff involved in the conduct of the research.
CODE OF ETHICS FOR RESEARCH & AUTHORSHIP GUIDELINE
Students and faculty who have interest and inclination for research will be given an opportunity for doing research.
The study has to be designed by the principal investigator (under a guide in case of a student).
The study thus designed, has to be approved by the Head of Department.
Following this, the study has to be submitted to the Research Committee in the prescribed format for scrutiny and presented before the Research Committee for sanction of an approval.
The principal investigator has to make the necessary changes (if the Research Committee make any such recommendations) and resubmit the corrected version of the study to the Research committee for final approval.
The Research committee approved study has to be submitted (at the earliest) to the Institute Ethics Committee for approval.
Study submitted has to be presented by the principal investigator before the Institute Ethics Committee for the final authorization of an approval from the Committee to proceed with the commencement of the study.
Recommendations if any made by the IEC has to be amended and resubmitted at the stipulated time to the Institute Ethics Committee for final approval.
Principal Investigator can proceed with the commencement of the study after the final approval from the Institute Ethics Committee is obtained.
Confidentiality has to be maintained at all situations.
All efforts have to be taken to avoid bias in all forms.
All participants have to be explained about the study, voluntary participation has to be confirmed, and an informed consent has to be obtained from all participants in the study.
All participants should be treated with compassion.
No monetary benefits to participate in the study can be given to the participants.
Completion of the study within the prescribed period approval has to be ensured.
If the study time has to be extended, it can be done only with proper explanation to and approval from the Institute Ethics Committee (by the Principal Investigator).
No modifications in the study will be allowed after obtaining the final approval from the Institute Ethics Committee.
Required modifications have to be explained properly and presented by the Principal Investigator before the Institute Ethics Committee for final approval to make the necessary modifications in the study.
All records of the study have to be maintained for a period of 5 years.
Investigator and co-investigators have to be given credit as authors and co-authors according to their contribution (direct and intellectual) in the study at the time of publication.
The SOP for research committee and IEC is made available at the library for reference for the faculty and students of the institution.