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Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2021

Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2021:

The Lok Sabha has passed the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2021.

  • The bill has excluded live-in couples, single men and the LGBTQ community.
  • The Government had been working on the bill to regulate the ART industry since 2008 when it was first drafted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
  • The bill was first introduced in Lok Sabha in 2020 but the House had referred it to a standing committee.

About the Bill:

National Registry and Registration Authority:

  • The bill proposes the establishment of a national registry and registration authority for all clinics and medical professionals serving in the field.
  • It will help in maintaining a database of all clinics and medical professionals serving in the field.
  • State governments will appoint registration authorities for facilitating the registration process.
  • The registration will be valid for five years and can be renewed for a further five years.

Regulate ART Services:

  • It seeks to regulate and supervise Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) clinics and ART banks, prevent misuse, adopt safe and ethical practice and so on.

National Board:

  • The bill proposes the constitution of a national board.
  • The board will set minimum standards of physical infrastructure, laboratory, diagnostic equipment and expert manpower to be employed by clinics and banks.