Ethics Review Committee (ERC IOBSL)

The Institute of Biology has established an Ethics Review Committee (ERC IOBSL) for granting ethical clearance to Biology-related projects. This is to ensure that researchers engage in ethically sound practices in conducting scientific research. All proposed research projects should consider ethical clearance at both the application and implementation stages.


The ERC IOBSL will grant ethical clearance for biology-related research projects involving animals both in the laboratory and in the field. Where research involves human subjects, NO ethical clearance will be granted for clinical research.
Fee: A non refundable processing fee is charged per application. Applicants should make a payment of Rs. 3000 for funded research (or Rs. 1000.00 for non-funded research) to be credited to the Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka (A/C No. 086100141191763) at Peoples Bank, Thimbirigasyaya.

Application form

Research proposals must be on the prescribed application form which can be downloaded from here.

Guidelines for ERC-IOBSL Applicants
Download application form for Ethical Clearance


The ERC committee meets on the last Thursday of every month and application submission deadline is 15 days before this date.


The regular review process will take 60 days, during which the decision will be conveyed to the applicant.

Send to

Applications and supporting documents should be submitted to:
The Joint Secretaries, Institute of Biology, “Vidya Mandiraya”, 120/10, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 07.

Or hand over to one of the Joint Secretaries:
Dr. H.D.D. Bandupriya, Department of Plant sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo

Dr. R. Wimalasekera, Department of Botany, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Sri Jayawardenapura


Check list for applicants

• Covering letter signed by the applicant
• A receipt for the appropriate payment to IOBSL.
• Completed Application Form – Part II (2 copies)
• Completed  Application Form: Part I & III (2 copies)
• Where applicable, the information sheets for research participants
(in all three languages – Sinhala, Tamil, and English) (2 copies)
• Where applicable, the consent forms, data collection forms
(in all three languages – Sinhala, Tamil, and English) (2 copies)
• Any other relevant documents (Specify)

Failure to comply with these instructions would result in the application being returned, and/or delay in obtaining ethical clearance.

Members of the Ethics Review Committee

Chairperson:               Prof M.J.S. Wijeyaratne

Secretary:                  Dr. Dharshani Bandupriya

Committee Members:      
Prof. M.J.S. Wijeyaratne (Chairman)
Dr. G. A. S. Premakumara
Prof. W. D. Ratnasooriya
Prof. R. Wijesekera
Dr. U. K. G. Padmalal
Dr. J. Jayasekera
Prof. Mayuri Wijesinghe
Dr. Dilhari Attygalle
Prof. C. Wijeyaratne
Dr. M.T.M Mahees
Dr. Sumudu Seneviratne
Mr. Toefl M. Lankapura

Guidelines for ERC Applicants