New Delhi: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has released its ‘Strategic Plan and Vision 2030’ which outlines the body’s agenda to deal with health challenges in the country.
The agenda is based on key points such as capacity building, data management, leveraging traditional medicine and strengthening program implementation through research. It aims at combating non-communicable diseases and improving maternal and child health in India.
The ICMR has also drafted ‘National Guidelines for Biomedical and Health Research Involving Human Participants – 2017’ and the ‘National Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Children’ to address newer emerging ethical challenges being faced in the country and to improve public trust in research.
Promoting bioethics among top priorities
The revised ‘National Guidelines for Biomedical and Health Research Involving Human Participants, 2017, includes detailed guidance to help ethics committees in the process of review, guidance to researchers in conducting research, responsible conduct of research, obtaining informed consent, clinical-socio-behavioural research among others.
The document also highlights the needs for additional safeguards in the conduct and review of research carried out on vulnerable population including children, lower socioeconomic group, those with mental illness, or with rare disorders.