New Delhi: 23rd November 2013
The Union Health Ministry has made audio-visual recording of the informed consent of each subject mandatory in a clinical trial. This is in addition to obtaining his/her written consent. This decision comes in the wake of the Supreme Court pulling up the Ministry for lack of transparency in clinical trials.In its October 21, 2013, order on a writ petition filed by an NGO, the Swasthya Adhikar Manch, Indore, the court said with respect to five global clinical trials, which was approved by the Drugs Controller-General of India (DCGI) office from January 1, 2013, to August 31, 2013, an appropriate provision should be made or administrative direction issued, ensuring that audio-visual recording of the informed consent process was done and the documentation preserved, adhering to confidentiality principles.
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