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Assisted Reproductive Technology Regulation Bill

Date: 20 February 2020 Tags: Bills & Laws

Issue

The Union Cabinet has approved the Assisted Reproductive Technology Regulation Bill, 2020 to monitor medical procedures used to assist people to achieve pregnancy.

 

Background

India has become one of the major centres of this global fertility industry, with reproductive medical tourism becoming a significant activity. There is no standardisation of protocols and reporting is still very inadequate.

 

Details

  • The Bill provides for a national Board which will lay down a code of conduct to be observed by those operating clinics.

  • It will also formulate minimum standards for laboratory and diagnostic equipment and practices to be followed by human resources employed by clinics and banks.

  • The States and Union Territories will also have to form State Boards and State authorities within three months of the notification of the proposed legislation.

  • Under the proposed law, a national registry and registration authority will maintain a database to assist the national Board to perform its functions.

  • The Bill also proposes stringent punishment for those who practise sex selection, indulge in sale of human embryos or gametes and those who operate rackets.

  • The Bill will also ensure confidentiality of intending couples and protect the rights of the child.

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