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Health ministry to establish National Registry of ART clinics and banks

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The Union health ministry will establish a National Registry of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) clinics and banks which will act as a central data-base in the country and through which details of all the ART clinics and ART banks of the country including nature and types of services provided by them, outcome of the services and other relevant information can be obtained on regular basis. The Registry will be maintained at Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi.Union-health-ministry

As per the draft Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2014, which has been issued by the Union health ministry recently, the Registry will assist all the State Boards for Assisted Reproductive Technology in the country in accreditation, supervision and regulation of the ART clinics and ART banks in their respective states. It will also assist the National Board for Assisted Reproductive Technology in its functioning by providing the data generated from the central database of the Registry.

As per the Bill, the Registry will develop an appropriate curriculum for training programmes in the area of clinical embryology, andrology, counselling and other related fields and shall run regular training programmes in these areas and other related fields. The data generated from the National Registry can be utilised for making policies, guidelines and shall help in identifying new research areas and conducting research in the area of assisted reproduction and other related fields in the country.

The National Registry will have powers to inspect any premises using Assisted Reproductive Technology without prior intimation.

The National Registry will consist of a director, scientists at various levels, not less than eighteen, technical, administrative and supporting staff, not less than twenty, who shall be appointed by the Indian Council of Medical Research on the recommendations of the Selection Committee which shall consist of such number of members as may be determined by the central government.

The terms of office and other conditions of services of director, scientists, officers and employees of National Registry shall be such as may be prescribed by the central government.

The Union health ministry has recently issued the draft Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2014 which aims at proper regulation and supervision of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) clinics and banks in the country, and for prevention of misuse of this technology, including surrogacy, and for safe and ethical practice of ART services in the country.

 

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