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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 249-250
 

Ethical issues on carrying out research on archived samples


Department of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi, India

Date of Submission25-Jan-2012
Date of Acceptance24-Feb-2012
Date of Web Publication28-May-2012

Correspondence Address:
C Wattal
Department of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0255-0857.96719

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Wattal C, Goel N. Ethical issues on carrying out research on archived samples. Indian J Med Microbiol 2012;30:249-50

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Wattal C, Goel N. Ethical issues on carrying out research on archived samples. Indian J Med Microbiol [serial online] 2012 [cited 2019 Jun 25];30:249-50. Available from: http://www.ijmm.org/text.asp?2012/30/2/249/96719


Dear Editor,

We read the article on "Ethical issues in microbiology" [1] with great interest. The article has rightly highlighted the much required importance of understanding the finer aspects of ethical considerations before initiating research involving human samples. Additionally, it was a delight to read compendium of various guidelines/codes of ethics like Code of Ethics (American Society for Microbiology), Nuffield Council on Bioethics (Infectious Disease), WHO Operational Guidelines for Ethics Committees that Review Biomedical Research, ICMR Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research on Human Participants, and WHO Handbook for Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) to bring forth the various facets to help in preventing inadvertent solecism in ethical issues. It has also been mentioned in the text that once the requested diagnostic tests are carried out, many of us store serum and other biological material, and carrying out tests on archived samples would require informed re-consent from the patient/individual for which different options are available. On the contrary, ICMR Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research on Human Participants [2] addressing the same issue state that consent or re-consent can be waived in cases of research on anonymised biological samples from deceased individuals and leftover samples after clinical investigation. In our humble opinion, as ICMR document on ethical guidelines can be considered as the reference for biomedical research in India, further clarification and valuable views of authors on the same will go a long way in clearing the ambiguity on this important aspect of research. Authors may agree that most of the observational studies undertaken by fellow colleagues are on archived database or anonymised samples. Though such investigations are not of very high-quality research, they provide very useful information with moderate efforts and budget. If obtaining of consent is kept as a caveat, then not many such studies will be available in future.

 
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1.Desikan P, Chakrabarti A, Muthuswamy V. Ethical issues in microbiology. Indian J Med Microbiol 2011;29:327-30.  Back to cited text no. 1
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2.Ethical guidelines for biomedical research on human participants. Available from: http://icmr.nic.in/ethical_guidelines.pdf [Last accessed on 2012 Jan 6].  Back to cited text no. 2
    




 

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