National ethical guidelines for biomedical research involving children
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the pinnacle body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research and it is one of the former and largest medical research bodies in the world. The ICMR is funded by the Government of India through the Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
ICMR has released an new guidelines regarding National
ethical guidelines for biomedical research involving children.
It was written with clarity, based on scientific and ethical principles, and balanced in providing guiding principles and processes and practices for achieving compliance with these with the guidelines. As someone concerned with bringing the fruits of research to our children as well as to ensure their safety and security.
In 2006, the Indian Council of Medical Research developed an updated, third version entitled “Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research on Human Participants”. These guidelines contain only a small section pertaining to research in children, which does not address in detail several ethical perspectives of conducting biomedical research in neonates and children. This monograph is intended to accomplish this important task and serve as the reference manual for ethical committees in the national context.