Research Ethics Committee
The Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University has a comprehensive ethical scrutiny process to address relevant ethical considerations and is subject to appropriate ethical review. Ethical Committee approval is required to safeguard researchers conducting the study and also protects the rights, safety, dignity and well-being of research participants. The ethical approval from an impartial committee helps the center to ensure that the research conducted is of high ethical standard, sound integrity and in accordance with good research governance and legal requirements.
Composition of REC
Head, Research Department
It is the responsibility of the candidate as well as supervisor/s to make sure that such ethical approval has been obtained prior to any data collection/analysis taking place. Applications for ethical approval should be submitted to the center with necessary documents.
Privacy and Confidentiality.
Candidate should safeguard participants’ privacy and confidentiality. Candidate should inform participants how their provided data will be deployed in the research, and how and how long the data will be safely kept. Researchers must maintain the confidentiality of data related to individual research participants.
Researchers must also avoid use of any personal identifiers such as individual names and addresses in their research reports which could lead to the human participants being identified.
Sources of data
All research that is dealing with the collecting new information and data from the and/or using pre-existing personal data.
It covers all forms of collection process, e.g. experimental procedures/retreatment/intervention, focus group, telephone/internet survey, observation, personal interviews, or self-administered questionnaire.
To ensure that participants' interests and rights are protected candidates should consider carefully if the research study will involve any possible risks which could induce greater than minimal physical and/or psychological stress/pain/discomfort to participant.
Researchers must accordingly obtain appropriate informed consent assure the voluntary capacity of the participant by providing sufficient opportunity to consider whether or not to participate, and minimizing the possibility of coercion, undue influence, or harassment
The candidate should be to seek written consent from parents and to obtain assent from students themselves for research involving children under 18, even in cases where children were able to decline participation.
Prospective participants should not be adversely induced by financial reward or be pressured to participate in research
Approved: A letter of approval will be issued to the PI with indication of the ethics approval period granted.
Conditionally Approved: The approval letter will be issued with comments/concerns need to be satisfactorily addressed.
If Approval is Not Given: The Committee will specify its comments/recommendations on the notification to the PIs of protocols which are not approved.
Reconsideration of Decision: The Committee will further consider the resubmitted proposals according to the Committee’s recommendations.
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