The Union Cabinet has given go-ahead to the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, which proposes several measures including the establishment of a national registry and registration authority for all clinics and medical professionals serving in the field.
The Bill has also provision to take stern action against those practising sex selection and sale of human embryos or gametes. Such offenders could be fined Rs 10 lakh or face imprison up to 12 years.
Enumerating details about the Bill, Union minister Smriti Irani was quoted by PTI as saying, “Ensuring confidentiality of the commissioning couples, women and donors will also be done under the aegis of this proposal of the Cabinet. The bill also has a provision that those involved in trafficking and sale of embryos will be fined Rs 10 lakh at first instance and in the second instance the person could be imprisoned for up to 12 years.”
“This particular decision of the Cabinet seeks a central database in the country through which details of all clinics and banks, including the nature, kind of services provided, outcome of the services provided will be obtained on a regular basis,” she further stated.
In addition, the Bill will also regulate the assisted reproductive technology services in the country which will be helpful for infertile couples as several ethical issues make things complicated currently.
The Minister said data generated from the national registry will also be used for research purposes in this particular segment of health.