Institutional Ethics Committee | Institute of Public Health Bengaluru

Institutional Ethics Committee

The focus of research at IPH, in line with the institutional vision, has been to strengthen health systems in India to improve the health of our population. IPH uses advanced, cutting edge research methods such as realist evaluations, implementation research and mixed methodology suited to answer research questions that arise from a complex health system. 

In all the research we undertake, IPH is committed to maintaining a high standard of quality and ethics.

This commitment to high ethical standards is supported by a very well qualified Institutional Ethics Committee (IEC) that reviews and discusses, at length, ethical implications of decisions researchers make in designing research studies.  

All research led by IPH is required to be reviewed and approved by the ethics committee. Currently the policy at IPH does not support review of research protocols from other institutions mainly due to concerns with regard to oversight. 

The IEC at IPH has been functioning since 2010 and is well aligned in procedures and composition to the Indian Council of Medical research (ICMR) guidelines for research in India (2017)


The members of the current IEC are

Dr. Chandrashekar Janakiram

Chairperson (External)

Department of Public Health Dentistry, Amrita School of Dentistry, Cochin


Member (External)

Research Associate, Centre for Law and Policy Research

GD Murthy

Member (External)

Independent Consultant

Dorothy Lall

Member (Internal)

Faculty, Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru

Vaibhav Agvane

Member Secretary

Consultant, Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru

Nirmala Murthy

Member (External)

Foundation for Research in Health Systems

Prashanth NS

Member (Internal)

Faculty, Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru

Giridhar Babu

Member (External)

Professor, Head-Lifecourse Epidemiology, PHFI & Intermediate Fellow, Wellcome Trust DBT India Alliance

Chander SJ

Member (External)

Program Director, Maya Health


The IEC functions in tandem with the Institutional review board (IRB). Proposals requiring a full ethical clearance are decided by the IRB and forwarded to the IEC following which the IEC meets to review and provides a decision on the proposal.

Submission procedure

All the proposals first need to be submitted and screened by the IRB. Based on their decision complete proposals following submission instructions laid out in IPH IEC Standard Operational Procedures are to be submitted to the member secretary at least 2 weeks before the IEC meeting. The IEC reviews maximum of two new proposals during every meeting.
For any queries and submission of proposals write to: