March 25, 2013
That isn't true. It was in 2000 that the then ICMR director-general decided that we should have a standard for IVF (in-vitro fertilization) clinics in the form of national guidelines. A committee of experts developed the first draft of national guidelines in 2002 which was extensively discussed and debated. This document was published as national guidelines for accreditation, supervision and regulation of ART clinics in India in 2005 and circulated to all the states with a request to follow these guidelines in their respective states.
I cannot respond to this question. We are doing our job and we would like this as early as possible.
Once the law comes, I believe the quality of services would improve drastically. Whatever we are hearing - that there is some violation of ethical and medical norms - it would stop. Today, there is no provision of penalty or punishment for unethical practices.
There are no firm numbers. We are in the process of developing a central database on the directions of the health ministry to determine the number and nature of services that such clinics provide.
I don't think we will make India a hub of surrogacy. There is provision for commercial surrogacy in the draft bill but our bill does not permit commercialisation of surrogacy. There is a line. Beyond this, you cannot go.