Biological research in India is regulated by various guidelines and rules published by Central/State agencies to safeguard ethical, moral, ecological, medical, and environmental interests. These regulations offer structured instructions, principles, and mechanisms to ensure the safe and ethical conduct of research and to promote humane care of animals used in biomedical research. At DRILS we have constituted these regulatory committees to comply with the regulatory research guidelines of our country.
INSTITUTIONAL BIOSAFETY COMMITTEE (IBSC)
In compliance with the IBSC rules, a minimum of two meetings are conducted annually. Post COVID, these meetings were conducted virtually, and the participants included the committee member and Chairman. Along with review of ongoing research projects, new projects would be proposed in every meeting for approval by IBSC and RCGM.
Renewal of IBSC committee (2024-2026)has been approved by RCGM and the new committee with members include: Chairman Dr. Kishore Parsa (HOD, CIMPS), DBT nominee Dr. Sharmistha Banerjee (Professor, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad), Member secretary Dr. Aarti Sevilimedu (Principal Research Scientist, DRILS), Biosafety Officer Dr. Anupama T Row (Chief Medical Officer, Health Center, UoH), External Expert Dr. Suresh Juluru (Head, Pre-Clinical Biology, Aurigene Pharmaceutical Services Ltd., Hyderabad) and internal members Dr. Kiranam Chatti (Senior Principal Research Scientist, DRILS), Dr. Neelima Dubey (Associate Principal Research Scientist), Dr. Rita Rani (Senior Scientist, DRILS), Dr. Tandrika Chattopadhyay (Associate Principal Research Scientist, DRILS), Dr. Tanuja Kosuri (Research Manager, DRILS).
INSTITUTIONAL ANIMAL ETHICAL COMMITTEE (IAEC)
As per the CPCSEA (Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals) norms, two meetings of the DRILS Institutional Animal Ethics Committee (IAEC) are held annually along with one annual inspection by the approved committee members. The ongoing proposals are renewed if no undue incident is reported and the requisite documents are submitted. New IAEC is been presently proposed for the coming 5 years.
INTERNAL COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE (ICC)
DRILS is committed to a zero-tolerance policy with regard to inappropriate conduct at the workplace. Our goal is to be vigilant and prevent any major incidents and to ensure a safe working environment for everyone. The committee met to satisfy the statutory requirements and noted no major incidents.