Centre introduced ART (Regulation) Bill in Lok Sabha to map
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The Centre moved to standardise protocols of the growing fertility industry and introduced the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020, in Lok Sabha on the first day of the monsoon session of Parliament.

ART Bill makes it mandatory for all fertility clinics and banks in India to register themselves with national registering authority and periodically report all procedures undertaken.

The Bill states that assisted reproductive technologies can be availed of by any woman above marriageable age but less than 50 years and any man above marriageable age but less than 55 years.

Health ministry sources said this step was taken after reports of a number of cases of aged women undertaking these procedures, which is not advisable at an advanced age.

Only married women with a child of three years can be an egg donor and can do it only once in her lifetime.

After the enactment of the legislation, a national registration authority would be set up and all clinics and banks would have to mandatorily register within sixty days.

Any clinic or bank promising or advertising facilities of sex-selective assisted reproductive technology would face cancellation of registration and owners could face 5-10 years of imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10-25 lakh.

Any medical geneticist, gynaecologist or medical practitioner indulging in trading of human embryos or exploitation of surrogate mothers or commissioning couple would face an imprisonment of 8-12 years and a fine of Rs 10-20 lakh.

Source: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/bill-in-ls-sets-reporting-rules-standards-for-fertility-industry/articleshow/78113895.cms
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