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Research Ethics and Intellectual Property

In addition to obtaining IRB clearance from Emory for your work in India, your research may require clearance from local or national research review bodies as well.

India maintains its own system for reviewing and approving research involving foreign assistance/collaboration in biomedical/health research. This system is administered by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). ICMR maintains processes specifically for international collaborations wherein international applications for biomedical/health research are submitted to ICMR for approval through the Health Ministry’s Screening Committee (HMSC).

For both biomedical and non-biomedical research, consult with your local partner on the state of regulations regarding requirements for informed consent and local review. While non-biomedical research may not require approval from a national body like ICMR, many institutions have their own review boards, to which your work may be subject.

The clearance process can be lengthy, so it is advised to work closely with IRB, your RAS unit, and our local partners to determine if clearance is needed and how it should be submitted for review.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property in India is managed through the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs, and Trade Marks within the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Please contact the Office of General Counsel for any intellectual property questions, and Emory will liaise with appropriate offices in India.

Emory ethics resources
Emory intellectual property resources

Mindy Simon
Associate General Counsel
Office of the General Counsel