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DCGI reaccredits and endorses OCHIEC

DCGI reaccredits and endorses OCHIEC
OCHIEC protects dignity, rights, safety and well-being of research participants
Orange City Hospital & Research Institute, a unit of Ravi Nair Hospitals Private Limited boasts of an independent ethics committee which protects the interest of patients who participate in any research trials for advancements of medical sciences. Orange City Hospital Institutional Ethics Committee (OCHIEC) has recently added a distinct feather in its cap. It recently got re-accredited and Re-registered by The DCGI (The Drug Controller General of India) under Directorate General of Health Services, Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (Ethics Committee Registration Division), Government of India, New Delhi, vide Registration No. ECR/219/Inst/MH/2013/RR-19 dated 09 October 2019.

On this occasion Dr. Anup Marar-OCHRI Director complimented Dr. Noorul Ameen & Shri. Sachin Zarkariya for successfully re-registration of OCHIEC for 5 years and said that at OCHRI, an independent ethics committee is functional to safeguard the interests of patients and responsible for ensuring that medical experimentation and human subject research are carried out in an ethical manner in accordance with national and international law.

Dr. Noorul Ameen stated that the two principal protections offered to an individual taking part in clinical research are Written Informed Consent and Ethics Committee (EC) review. The purpose of an EC review of biomedical research is to safeguard the dignity, rights, safety, and well-being of the research participants. The EC review comprises of ethical principles and decision-making to solve actual or anticipated dilemmas in the conduct of human research. He stated that till date; OCHIEC has successfully reviewed and cleared 24 research protocols.

The DCGI is the apex body which is responsible for approval of New Drugs, Clinical Trials in the country, laying down the standards for Drugs, control over the quality of imported Drugs, coordination of the activities of State Drug Control Organizations and providing expert advice with a view of bring about the uniformity in the enforcement of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.  The DCGI also accredits the Ethics Committees in India. Institutional ethics committees vary widely in their composition, usually in an attempt to ensure a broad based multi-disciplinary membership. In addition to those with research and clinical experience, committees include representation from Social Work, and Law backgrounds, and often a member with a more academic orientation.

OCHIEC is formed according to the guidelines of ICMAR. OCHIEC is constituted by Dr. Shyam Kulkarni- Chairperson, Dr. Smita Harkare- Vice Chairperson, Dr. Milind Pande Member- Secretary, Dr. Usha Nair, Dr. Raja Iyer, Dr. Ninad Gawande, Adv. Dinesh Nair, Dr. Deepak Dongre, Shri. Niraj Patil, Smt. Manjiri Damle, Dr. Yogita Sure and Smt. Malti Tidke.

On this occasion; Dr. Shyam Kulkarni- OCHIEC Chairperson, Ex-Vice Chancellor & Ex- Dean thanked statutory authorities for said endorsement, which motivates them to independently pursue ethical practices at OCHRI. He also suggested that as sincerely undertaken by OCHRI; all health care service providers should similarly encompass an in house independent ethics committee to safeguard the interest of patients.

Shri.Udaybhaskar Nair- RNHPL Chairman complimented OCHIEC led by Dr.Shyam Kulkarni, Dr. Noorul Ameen and Shri. Sachin Zarkariya for maintaining meticulous records in an ethical manner and pursual of all desired formalities along with paper works for successful accreditation and re-registration of Ethics Committee.