To serve as an ethics advisory unit of ICMR, its network of Institutions in India and Department of Health Research, MOHFW, Govt of India.
To guide development and timely updation of national ethical guidelines, policies,
reports, other supplementary documents and tools in relevant areas in order to address ethical aspects of biomedical and health research.
To serve as the secretariat for the Central Ethics Committee on Human Research (CECHR) and carry out
ethics review of nationally important complex issues / research studies referred to it from the ICMR networks.
To promote, ethical conduct of research, improve communication and build capacity of ethical review in institutions across the country.
To collaborate and create networks with National and International agencies/institutes for building policy and undertaking research in the areas of ethics related to biomedical research.