Institutional Ethics Review Board [IERB] is a body comprising of medical / scientific and / non-scientific members like Bio medical experts, scientific experts, statisticians, clinical research experts, legal experts, social workers and also lay persons, whose responsibility is to verify the protection of the rights, safety and well-being of human subjects involved in a study. The IERB review provides public reassurance by objectively, independently and impartially reviewing and approving the protocol based on ethical and scientific aspects, the suitability of the investigator(s), facilities, materials to be used for obtaining and documenting “Informed Consent” of the study subjects and adequacy of confidentiality safeguards.
The IERB review proposals submitted by undergraduate / post-graduate students/ staff/ clinical trails
The Objectives of an IERB can be defined as follows:-
- To protect the dignity, rights and well-being of the potential research participants.
- To ensure that universal ethical values and international scientific standards are expressed in terms of local community values and customs.
- To assist in the development and the education of a research community responsive to local health care requirements.