Institutional Review Committee (IRC) was established in 2004 in the Institute of Medicine as a helping hand to Research Department with the objective to conduct ethical review of the proposals submitted by the faculties and the students within the institute. The IOM-IRC consists of members from various departments within the institute. The role of the IRC is to review in advance all research proposals involving human subjects’ data, and to monitor the progress of projects that have been reviewed by the IRC.
The purpose of IRC review is to insure that the rights of human subjects are protected. The IRC is a committee whose primary responsible is to protect the right and welfare of research subjects and to function as a kind of ethics committee focusing on what is right or wrong and on what is desirable or undesirable. Thus the IRC is required to make judgments about individuals and groups ought to do and how they ought to do it.
The Institutional Review Committee of IOM evaluates the ethical aspects of research involving human subject. Hence, the mandate of the IRC is to monitor and review all research conducted by IOM faculty, students and staff that compiles and analyzes data gathered about human subjects. In addition, the IRC reviews research conducted by parties not affiliated with the Institute, but which uses IOM students, faculty or staff as research subjects.