Board formed to regulate fertility clinics- The New Indian Express

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A state board to regulate clinics offering assisted reproductive technology (ART) and ensure legal treatment for the patients has started inspections. The council will give approval to the clinics after inspections in a time-bound manner, said Health Minister Veena George. She chaired the first meeting of ART Surrogate State Council on Monday. The members of the board will conduct inspections in clinics under the Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode regions.

The council was established under the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Act, 2021, which was passed by Parliament.

The clinics are categorized into four types that require separate approvals. There are approvals for institution, clinic or ART clinic, ART bank and surrogate clinic. The Minister of Health will head the board and the Joint Secretary of the Department of Health will lead the appropriate authority.

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