About B&B Hospital Institutional Review Committee
The B&B Institutional Review Committee (B&B IRC) was established at B&B Hospital upon approval from Nepal Health Research Council, to promote responsible conduct of health research and as such is authorized to regulate all health-related research conducted at B&B Hospital. Through the ethics review process, research that is not scientifically and ethically sound will not be approved. The B&B will strictly follow the guidelines developed by Nepal Health Research Council Ethical Review Board. B&B IRC has developed a proposal format based on NHRC IRB to facilitate proposal preparation and submission.
Elements of the Ethics Review Process
Technical Review by the Reviewers: Submitted proposals are screened for completeness and reviewed by the internal reviewer. The proposal is then assigned to external subject experts to review the scientific and technical content.
Technical Review by the Statistician: Submitted proposals are screened for statistical correctness by our statisticians.
Communication of Review to the Researcher: Reviewers’ feedback is given to the researcher(s) who must then respond to the comments. Principle author may be requested to come to IRC board meeting to present their proposal if required.
Ethical Review: Technically and scientifically sound proposals that have addressed reviewers’ comments are then submitted to the Member-Secretary of the Ethical Review Board (ERB) for a thorough discussion in an ERB meeting for ethical approval.
Decision Making: Normally the ERB will make approval decisions by consensus, but the majority will rule if the timely agreement is not reached. The ERB may offer conditional approval with specific suggestions to the researcher or may disapprove the proposal with clear and compelling reasons.
Communicating a Decision: The IRC chairman, on behalf of the B&B IRC, will deliver the decision to the researchers in written form within two weeks of IRC meeting.
Follow-Up: IRC monitors the progress of all approved studies. B&B IRC has the right to monitor approved studies from the time the approval until the completion or termination of the research.
Note: All the research conducted at B&B Hospital will require prior IRC approval. even a case report involving patients treated at B&B will require IRC approval, however No processing fee will be charged for case report. Following papers are not considered for B&B IRC review hence has to be submitted to NHRC for IRB approval:
Review time: Since the proposal you have submitted has to be cleared by a statistician and should also be reviewed by two reviewers (1- research expert and 2- subject review experts), it might take 6–8-week time to achieve an approval letter. Hence please apply for IRC accordingly.
B&B Institutional Review Committee
Prof. Dr. Amit Joshi
Dr. Nagmani Singh
Dr. Bibek Banskota
Dr. Rajesh Kumar Chaudhary
Dr. Arbin Joshi
Chet Bahadur Basnet