Institutional Animal Ethic Committee (IAEC)

IAEC has been constituted in 2006 to fulfill purpose of Education and Research for Educational purpose on small animals and registration number is 947/PO/ReRc/S/06/CPCSEA. It is renewed for every three years. 

Standard Operating Procedure for Institutional Animal Ethic Committee:
  • The Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA) has been constituted under the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. It gives the guidelines for the conduct of animal experiments.
  • Animals are maintained in a proper and healthy manner.
  • Animals are not subjected to unnecessary pain or suffering before, during and after performance of experiments on them.
  • There is no unnecessary sacrifice of animals for the sake of science. There should be no duplication of research.
  • Animals are kept in disease free condition to ensure proper data collection.
  • Animals are procured from registered breeders.
  • Experiments on large animals are to be avoided whenever it is possible to achieve the same results by experiments on small laboratory animals.
  • For effective implementation of these rules and guidelines, the Institutional Animal Ethics Committees (IAEC) has been constituted in institutions conducting experiments on animals. This is a scientific body nominated by the Head of the Institution. The IAEC is required to examine proposals for conducting experiments on small animals, which would chiefly examine the necessity of performing the experiment, and ensure that experiments are not performed in a routine manner. All decisions are to be taken with the approval of the Committee. The Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Institutional Animal Ethics Committee for experimentations on animals will help the Principal Investigators, Animal Ethics Committee members and scientific researchers, for better understanding of the ethical procedures involved in animal experimentations. 
 Function of IAEC:
  • IAEC should provide independent, competent and timely review of the ethics of a proposed study before the commencement of the same and regularly monitor the ongoing studies.
  • IAEC will review and approve all research proposals involving animal experiments with a view to assure quality maintenance and welfare of animals used in laboratory studies while conducting research.
Composition of IAEC:

Institutional Animal Ethics Committee shall include members as follows:

  • A scientist from different biological discipline cum chairperson
  • A scientist from different biological discipline
  • A Biological Scientist
  • One veterinarian involved in the care of animals
  • A scientist in charge of animal House facility cum member secretary
  • A scientist from outside the institute
  • One non‐scientific socially aware person
  • One main nominee of CPCSEA
  • One link nominee of CPCSEA

Specialist may be co‐opted while reviewing special projects using hazardous agents such as radio‐active substance and deadly micro‐organisms. The Chairperson of the committee and member secretary shall be nominated by the institution from amongst the nine members. Members against serial no. 6, 7, 8&9 will be nominated by CPCSEA with a provision of a link nominee for CPCSEA nominee.

Authority under which IAEC is constituted and duration:
  • Five names against serial numbers 1‐5 will be sent from the institute to CPCSEA.
  • The duration of IAEC will be for a period of 5years.
  • The IAEC will be reconstituted at the time of renewal of registration to CPCSEA.
  • Changes can be made in deserving cases with the approval of CPCSEA 
IAEC Requirements:
  • The duration of appointment will be 5 years (coinciding with renewal of registration).
  • The committee will be reconstituted at the time of renewal of registration and at least half of the members will be replaced.
  • A member can be replaced in the event of long‐term non‐availability (three consecutive meetings) or death.
  • Members should maintain confidentiality of all discussions during the meeting and sign a confidentiality form at the start of their term. Each member of the committee will submit a declaration to maintain the confidentiality of the documents submitted to them during their membership period.
  • Conflict of interest should be declared by members of IAEC.
  • A member can tender resignation from the committee.
Quorum Requirement:

The minimum of six members shall be required to form quorum of the IAEC meetings.

All decisions shall be required to be undertaken in the meetings of IAEC and not by the method of circulation of project proposals. Presence of main nominee of CPCSEA nominee is a must. It  shall  be  a  must  for  the  establishment  to  invite  all nominees  of  IAEC  for  attending  the  meeting  and  the  meeting  notice  shall  invariably be  issued  by  Registered  Post  at least  15  days  before  the  date  of  the  meeting. Link nominee can attend in case main nominee conveys his unavailability in writing to the Chairperson of IAEC. Socially aware member’s presence is compulsory in all cases referred to CPCSEA and their presence is mandatory at least in one meeting of IAEC of the establishment in a calendar year. It shall be the duty of establishment to inform to CPCSEA about the continuous absence of nominees of CPCSEA in a calendar year.

Conduct of meeting:

The Chairperson of the IAEC shall be responsible for conducting at least two meeting of IAEC in a calendar year with the help of the Member Secretary of IAEC. If, for reasons beyond control, the Chairperson is not available, or has conflict of interest, an ad-hoc Chairperson will be elected from amongst the members present. The Member Secretary will be responsible for organizing the meetings, maintaining the records and communicating with all concerned. He/she will prepare the minutes of the meetings and get them approved by the Chairperson & nominee of CPCSEA before communicating to the Principal Investigator. A copy of minutes is required to be sent to Member Secretary CPCSEA within 15 days of the meeting, otherwise, the meeting will not be considered valid.

Participation of Investigators/Experts in IAEC:

IAEC may call upon subject experts who may provide special inputs of selected research protocols, if need be. They are required to give their specialized views but not to take part in the decisions making process which will be made by the members of the IAEC only. Investigators whose proposals are to be discussed can also be called to present their case to the IAEC.

Application Procedure:
  • All proposals should be submitted in the prescribed application form (Appendix 8).
  • All relevant documents with checklist should be enclosed with application form.
  • Required number of copies of the proposal along with application and documents in prescribed format duly signed by Principal Investigator (PI) and Co- investigators/ Collaborators should be submitted to IAEC.
Review Procedure:
  • The meeting of the IAEC should be held on scheduled intervals as prescribed in the concerned SOP of the IAEC and additional meetings may be held if there are reasons to do so.
  • Even if there are no projects, it is mandatory to call for an IAEC meeting at least once in a year to discuss matters related with maintenance of the animals in the animal house. The member secretary must be present with all available records at every IAEC meeting.
  • The copy of the application/ proposals will be sent to CPCSEA nominee and to all the members 15 days before the meeting.
  • The date of meeting will be intimated to the Principal Investigator who should be available to offer clarifications if necessary.
  • The decision will be taken by consensus after discussion. Negative view point will be recorded in the minutes. If consensus is not reached, the case will be referred to CPCSEA.
  • Independent Consultants/Expert will be invited to offer their opinion on specific proposals if needed.
  • The decisions will be recorded in minutes, approved by chairman and will be signed by all the IAEC members present.
 Decision Making:
  • Decision will be taken by discussion before arriving at consensus.
  • A member having conflict of interest should inform the chair person and withdraw during the decision procedure of concerned application. It should be recorded in minutes.
  • The quorum of the meeting should be complete at the time of decision making.
  • Only members shall take decision. Experts/ invitees/ investigators will only offer their opinion.
  • Decision may be to approve, reject or revise the proposal. Specific suggestions for modification and reasons for rejection should be given.
  • In case of conditional decisions, clear suggestions for revision and procedure for re‐review the application should be specified.
  • Modified proposals may be reviewed by an expedited through identified members
  • Procedures for appeal by the researchers should be clearly defined.
  • The decision of IAEC will be communicated by Member Secretary in writing.
  • Suggestions for modification will be communicated by IAEC. If revision is to be made, the revised document in required number of copies should be submitted within a fortnight.
  • Reasons for rejection will be informed to the researchers. Schedule/ plan of ongoing review by the IAEC should be communicated to the Principal Investigator.
 Follow Up Procedure:
  • Reports of ongoing research projects should be submitted every 6 months, before next IAEC meeting.
  • Final report should be submitted at the end of the study.
  • All Serious Adverse Events (SAEs) & the interventions should be intimated.
  • Protocol deviation, if any should be informed with adequate justification.
  • Any amendment to the protocol should be resubmitted to IAEC for renewed approval.
  • Premature termination of the study should be notified with reasons along with summary of the data obtained so far.
  • Change of Investigators / sites should be informed for approval of IAEC.
  • Any new information related to the study should be communicated.
 Record Keeping and Archival:

All of the following documents must be stored for a period of five years.

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) of all members of IAEC including training programs in animal ethics.
  • Minutes of all meetings duly signed by the Chairperson and CPCSEA nominee, copy of all correspondence with members, researchers and other regulatory bodies.
  • Copy of existing relevant National and International guidelines on research ethics and laws along with amendments.
  • All study related documents (study projects with enclosed documents) should be archived for minimum of five years after the completion of study. A copy of filled proforma related to the projects shall remain with the Principal Investigator for minimum of five years.
Updating IAEC Members:
  • All relevant information on Animal ethics will be brought to the attention of the members of IAEC by the Member Secretary.
  • Institute Members will be encouraged to attend National and International training programs/conferences/seminars in the field of research related to the animal ethics.
  • To help in improving the quality of research projects/animal ethics committee submissions and review.
Reporting to CPCSEA:
  • IAEC will send a copy of minutes of IAEC meeting within 15days.
  • Inspection report of animal house by IAEC members will be sent once in a calendar year. If action is required, the ATR should be provided in stipulated time. 
Reimbursement to CPCSEA Representatives:

CPCSEA representatives on IAEC or authorized persons sent for inspection of the establishment are required to be paid Rs 5000/- each as sitting fees per day along with reimbursement of actual expenditure incurred in this regard (if not provided by the establishments / organizations).

 Renewal Fees Payable to CPCSEA:

Renewal fees for the purpose of Research for education and commercial are as follows:

  • For small or large animals for education research : Rs. 2500 each
  • For small or large animals for commercial research : Rs. 2500 each
Execution of experiments:
  • Experiments shall be performed under supervision of a qualified person (Veterinarian/ Post graduates in life sciences/ trained laboratory technician) and under the responsibility of the person performing the experiment.
  • Experiment shall be performed with due care and humanity.
  • Animals intended for the performance of experiments shall be properly looked after both before and after experiments.
  • Personnel using experimental animal(s) shall be responsible for the welfare of animal(s) during their use in experiments.
  • Investigators shall be responsible for the aftercare and rehabilitation of animal(s) after experimentation, and shall not euthanize animal(s) except in situations as defined.
  • The following parameters shall be adopted for application of euthanasia, namely;
    • When the animal is paralyzed and is not able to perform its natural functions or it becomes incapable of independent locomotion or it can no longer perceive the environment in an intelligible manner.
    • If during the course of anesthesia /experimental procedure the animal has been left with a recurring pain wherein the animal exhibits obvious signs of pain and suffering.
    • Where the non‐termination of the life of the experimental animal will be life threatening to human beings or other animals.
  • Rehabilitation treatment of an animal after experimentation shall extend till the point the animal is able to resume a normal existence. It is mandatory that the cost of after care and rehabilitation should be met from the contingency of the project.
  • Experiments involving operative procedures shall be performed under anesthesia to be administered by a veterinary surgeon/scientist/technician so trained for the purpose.
  • Experiments shall not be performed by way of an illustration/ as a public demonstration.
  • No experiment the result of which is already conclusively known shall be repeated without justification.
Laboratory Animal Ethics:

All scientists working with laboratory animals must have a deep ethical consideration for the animals they are dealing with. From the ethical point of view it is important that such considerations are taken care of at the individual level, institutional level and finally at the national level.


All research proposals should be submitted with the following documents:

1. Title of the project
2. Names of the Principal Investigator and Co‐investigators with designation.
3. Name of any other Institute/Hospital/Field area where research will be Conducted.
4. Endorsement of the name of Head of the Department
5. Protocol of the proposed research.
6. Ethical issues in the study and plans to address these issues.
7. Proposal should be submitted with all relevant annexure like proforma,
Curriculum Vitae of outside members, undertaking etc. to be used in the study.
8. Any other information relevant to the study.
9. Agreement to submit six monthly progress report and final report at the end of Study.
10. The Principal Investigator should provide the details of other ongoing research projects related to the Animal studies
(Title of the project, Date of starting and Duration, source and amount of funding).
 Elements of Review:
  • Scientific design and conduct of the study.
  • Approval of scientific review committee and regulatory agencies.
  • Assessment of predictable risks/harms to the animals.
  • Protocol and proforma of the study.
  • Plans for data analysis and reporting.
  • Adherence to all regulatory requirements and applicable guidelines.
  • Competence of investigators, research and supporting staff.
  • Facilities and infrastructure in the animal house.
All communications must be addressed to:

Deputy Secretary (AW) and Member Secretary (CPCSEA)

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change,

Government of India (Animal Welfare Division)

5th Floor, Vayu Wing,

Indira Paryavaran Bhawan, JorBagh Road, New Delhi – 110003.

Telephone No. 011-24695424

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