St John's Medical College

Overview

 The IEC (Institutional Ethics Committee) formerly called the Institutional Ethical Review Board (IERB) was established in the year 2000 to ensure all research activities carried out by faculty and students of SJNAHS meets the required National and International ethical standards. It safeguards the rights, safety and well-being of human subjects involved in biomedical studies.

It has successfully established a consistent ethical review mechanism for health and biomedical research based on principles and guidelines described in "A Catholic Guide to Ethical Clinical Research," from the Catholic Medical Association and the National Catholic Bioethics Centre. The Catholic moral teaching based on the principles of Truth, Respect for Life and Integrity of Persons, Generosity and Justice have been integrated with the directives given by different national and international bodies such as the guidelines of ICMR, Schedule ‘Y” (Drugs and Cosmetic Act) and International Conference on Harmonization of Good Clinical Practice to support scientific progress.

The Committee

The committee is appointed by the Director. It comprises of faculty from medical and scientific background as well as religious, lay and legal members who collectively have the qualifications and experience to review and evaluate the scientific, medical and ethical aspects of a proposed biomedical research project. The composition of the members reflects the quorum requirement as per the Schedule Y of the Drug & Cosmetics Act.

List of Members

 

S.N.

Name

Qualification

Gender

Specialty

Role in IEC

Affiliation

1.

Rev. Fr. Shaji George Kochuthara

Ph.D. in Moral Theology

M

Theologian

Chairperson

Dharmaram College

2.

Mr. V. C. Joseph

BA, BL, DSS.

M

Lawyer

Co- Chairperson

Institute for Youth & Development

3.

Dr. Jayanthi Savio

MD

F

Microbiologist

Member Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. John’s

 

4.

Dr. Prem Pais

MD.

M

Physician

Member

5.

Dr. Arvind Kasthuri

MD, DNB.

M

Community Medicine

Member

6.

Dr. Mary Joseph

MS.

F

Ophthalmologist

Member

7.

Dr. Jyothi Idiculla

 

MD, MRCP.

F

Physician

Member

8.

Dr. Johnson Pradeep

MD.,

M

Psychiatrist

Member

9

Dr. Savitha D

MD.,

F

Physiology

Member

10

Dr. Bindhu Mathew

PhD (Nursing)

F

Nursing

Member

11

Dr. M. Manjuladevi

DA, DNB.,

F

Anaesthesiology

Member

12.

Mrs. Manjulika Vaz

MSW.

F

Social Scientist

Member

13

Ms. Martha Jayashree

 

BA., LLB.

PG in HRM

F

Lawyer

Member

14

Rev.Dr.Christopher Vimalraj Hiruthya

Ph.D. in Moral Theology (Bioethics)

M

Theologian

Member

Bhakti Bhavan

15.

Mrs. Kalpana Subramanya

B. Ed.

F

Layperson

Member

NIL

 

The IEC functions with the following objectives

  • Competent review and evaluation of all scientific and ethical aspects of research proposals received in compliance with the appropriate laws, and welfare of subjects
  • Consultations for clinical science and ethics.
  • Education of professional, administrative, and support staff, students and community about biomedical research ethics.
  • Creation, development, revision and implementation of guidelines for the IEC (SOPs).
  • Initiate research studies in ethics.
  • Continuing education and training programs for IEC members to ensure competency of high standards are achieved to perform their specific duties.

 

Registration details:

The IEC is registered with national and international bodies.

  • CDSCO / DCGI: ECR/238/Inst/Kar/2013RR-16 – Period of registration 23rd April 2016 to 22nd April 2019.
  • Office for Human Research Protection (OHRP) Valid till 9th August 2020
    • Institution Registration No. IORG0002599
    • IEC Registration No. IRB00003163
  • Federal Wide Assurance :
    • Registration No.FWA00004261, valid till 17th October 2021
  • AHAARP – The IEC had this Accreditation for year 2014 – 2015

 

Meeting Schedule: The IEC meets in the first week of every month in the college. A second meeting is held if necessary. The schedule of the meeting and the deadlines for submission of proposals are intimated in advance.

Contact Details of the Secretariat:

Chairperson: Rev. Fr. Shaji George Kochuthara
Member Secretary: Dr. Jayanthi Savio

Address:

Ground Floor
St. John’s Medical College
Bangalore – 560 034
Office Time: Mon- Fri 9am – 4.30 pm & Sat 9am -1 pm.
Phone: 080 – 49466346 / 48
Email : sjmc.ierb@stjohns.in