Restrictions to be imposed on infertility clinics in Kerala, violators to face 10 years imprisonment

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Thiruvananthapuram: Restrictions will be imposed on infertility clinics in Kerala. The registration procedure for such clinics was started as per Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Act 2021 & The Surrogacy (Regulation) Act.

Registration is for clinics, laboratories, genetic counselling centres and assisted reproductive technology banks. The centre’s decision is to create a unified registry, National Assisted Reproductive Technology and Surrogacy Registry, for such medical institutions. The decision was taken following a rise in the number of financial frauds taking place in the name of fertility clinics and related services.

Special authority was formed with Dr PP Preetha, Director of the Health Department, as the vice chairperson. A nodal officer will be appointed. Once the applications are received, the officials will visit the institutions and give certificates after inspection. The instruction issued is that once the application is received, the decision on granting the certificate must be taken within 90 days. The registration certificate will be valid for three years in the beginning. Dr PP Preetha said that those who have any complaints against such medical institutions can also approach the authority seeking action.

Up to 10 years of imprisonment for violators

Violations by infertility clinics will be penalised with up to Rs 10 lakh fine and imprisonment. Clinics without registration will not be allowed to function. Medical practitioners will also need special registration to run such clinics.

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