.NEW DELHI: Experts at the conference of the Forum for Ethics Review Committees in India (FERCI) today pitched for updating guidelines for conducting clinical trials.
Organising secretary of the programme Subir K Maulik said, "The time has come when there will be many more clinical trials especially those involving children, the elderly, pregnant women among others." "So, the ethics committees in the country need to be more informed about the responsibility according to the prevailing regulatory guidelines required for approval and monitoring of clinical trials," he said.
The conference, organised under the chairmanship of cardiologist Upendra Kaul, is being attended by 231 experts from 19 countries.
Kaul said the idea is to have an interaction with the global ethics review committees especially those from the Asia-Pacific region to facilitate international collaboration in clinical research which is prevalent in India.
He said the aim is to protect the interests and the rights of the participants involved in clinical trials conducted for new drugs and devices.