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Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute

Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute

A Unit of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University)

Accredited by NAAC with highest A++ Grade

Ranked 77 among Universities by NIRF 2023

A UGC Category 1 Higher Education Institution

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Nirf 2023 among Medical

47 Rank

Nirf 2023 among universities

77 Rank

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Institutional Human Ethics Committee (IHEC)


The Institutional Human Ethics Committee (IHEC) of Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute, Puducherry (MGMCRI) was established in the year 2009, aimed at promoting ethical clinical research that protects the rights and safety of study participants. The undergraduates, postgraduates and Ph.D. Scholars, faculties and anyone who undertake clinical research in the institute follow the ethical guidelines necessitated by IHEC, MGMCRI.

The Institutional Human Ethics Committee (IHEC), reviews all research proposals on human participants as per ICMR guidelines 2017. Proposals that have less than minimal risk or no risk is reviewed by the subcommittee. Our IHEC is recognized by Forum for Ethics Review Committees of the Asia and Western Pacific Region (FERCAP), under the SIDCER initiative of the WHO. It is also registered with Department of Health Research (DHR) and Drug Controller General of India (DCGI).



How to submit a proposal for ethical clearance

  1. Prior Approval Certificate: IHEC will consider only those proposals that are approved by Institutional Research Committee (IRC), Postgraduate training and Research Committee (PGRC), Ph.D. doctoral Committee, Clinical Trial Research Committee (CTRC) and other appropriate committee.
  2. All application must be as per the SBV, MGMCRI template format and must be signed by all involved investigators, and other relevant authorities of the Department/ University as applicable.
  3. Application must be addressed to the Member Secretary / Chairperson of IHEC, MGMCRI.
  4. All applications must be submitted in duplicate (print -hard copies) and one soft copy (only in PDF) on a pen drive at the Office of IHEC. (Email submission will not be accepted)
  5. Application received only 4 weeks before the schedules meeting will be eligible to be taken up for the next upcoming meeting.
  6. It is the PI`s responsibility to submit the corrections advised within the stipulated time (preferable within 5 working days).
  7. Incomplete Forms/ Protocols are liable to undue delays
  8. The Complete Protocol Package as per the IHEC SOP is necessary to initiate the Review process
  9. If required the PI may be invited by the Secretary, IHEC to clarify ethical doubts, either orally, or in writing or in form of presentation. In such event, the PI personally or with his Team has to make himself/ team available for the clarification. In the unusual event that the PI is unable to be present he/she representative along with a letter highlighting reasons for absence.
  10. Six monthly or annually progress report and study closure report are mandatory.
  11. Changes in the title, objectives, methodology and /or analysis requires reporting to the IHEC, which will be decided on whether fresh application for ethical clearance is required.
  12. Decision on ethical waiver, exemption review, expedited review or full board review rest solely with the IHEC.

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Member Secretary:
Dr. Barathane D, Associate Professor – Pharmacology, MGMCRI.
Office of Institutional Human Ethics Committee,
College block, 1st floor, (Adjacent to Dept of Pathology),
MGMCRI, Pondi-Cuddalore Road,
Puducherry 607402,
Telephone No.: 0413-2616700 (Extension No.: 754)