INSTITUTIONAL ETHICS COMMITTEE (IEC) FOR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH,
BASE HOSPITAL DELHI CANTT & ARMY COLLEGE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES,
Army College of Medical Sciences (ACMS), is a premier medical institute, established in 2008 under the aegis of the Army Welfare Education Society. It is affiliated to the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi and is recognised by the Medical Council of India. It admits 100 undergraduate medical students annually. ACMS is officially attached to the Base Hospital Delhi Cantt (BHDC), which is one of the most reputed hospitals of the Armed Forces in New Delhi. It has state-of-the- art facilities and is committed to providing high quality patient care to its dependent clientele as well as emergency services to trauma patients. The Base Hospital offers the Diplomate of National Board (DNB) Postgraduate Academic Programme in various specialities, which is accredited by National Board of Examinations (NBE).Every year 30 students are admitted to the programme. Alongwith clinical training, research forms an integral component of this program, including their thesis dissertation.
The Faculty of ACMS and BHDC are actively involved in numerous departmental and Armed Forces Medical Research Committee (AFMRC) Projects as sanctioned from time to time, contributing to the research work & academic growth of the institutions. Research activities are also encouraged for the MBBS students and several undergraduate students have been awarded the ICMR-STS Research scholarships for completing research projects in various disciplines under faculty guidance.
In order to encourage ethical research, the Base Hospital Delhi Cantt and Army College of Medical Sciences have constituted the Institutional Ethics Committee (IEC) for Biomedical Research BHDC & ACMS and formulated the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in accordance with the ICMR Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research on Human Participants 2017 and other relevant ethical guidelines for biomedical research on human participants. The Institutional Ethics Committee (IEC) is presently constituted of 13 members including one Chairman, one Member-Secretary and two Additional Members-Secretaries in order to ensure smooth functioning of the IEC proceedings. The objective of this IEC is to ensure quality and consistency in review of clinical research proposals. The primary purpose is the protection of the rights and welfare of the human subjects.
All research proposals on biomedical, social & behavioural science and health involving human participants, their biological material and data are reviewed and approved prior to their initiation to protect the dignity, rights, safety and well-being of all research participants. The IEC also regularly monitors the approved research to ensure ethical compliance during the conduct of research projects. The IEC has the authority to approve, disapprove or request modifications to the concerned research work.
The IEC shall ensure that all the cardinal principles of research ethics viz. Autonomy, Beneficence, Non-maleficence and Justice are taken care of during the planning, conduct and reporting of the proposed research. For this purpose, it looks into the aspects of informed consent process, risk benefit ratio, distribution of burden and benefit and provisions for appropriate compensations wherever required. The committee shall also examine compliance with all regulatory requirements, applicable guidelines and laws. The mandate of the IECs is to review all research projects involving human subjects to be conducted at the Institute, ACMS & BHDC irrespective of the funding agency.