Only NBRA Bill among major Bills in health sector to be introduced in budget session of Parliament

February 25, 2011 by
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Only NBRA Bill among major Bills in health sector to be introduced in budget session of Parliament February 25, 2011, 0800 IST

Source : Pharmabiz News

Even though a string of important Bills related to pharma and health sectors are waiting to be introduced in Parliament for its final nod, only one major Bill, the NBRA Bill, finds a place in the tentative list for transaction of business during the budget session of Parliament which has begun on February 21. A total of 35 new Bills have been listed in the tentative list of government legislative and other business which are expected to be taken up during the seventh session of 15th Lok Sabha which is underway. Besides, The National Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India Bill, 2010 (NBRA Bill), the other two relatively unimportant Bills that have been listed for introduction in Parliament are: the Establishment of Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill, 2011; the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2011; and the National Commission for Human Resources for Health Bill, 2011. The much awaited NBRA Bill is being introduced to establish Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India to regulate research, import, transport, use of organism and product produced from modern biotechnology. It seeks to set up the NBRA as an independent, autonomous, statutory agency to safeguard the health and safety of the people and to regulate the safe development and deployment of biotechnology products and processes in the country. Once in place, the Authority will have overriding powers on matters related to the development and deployment of biotechnology products and processes in the country. Meanwhile, the Establishment of Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill is being introduced to establish a regional centre of biotechnology for education, training and research that could be an international nodal point for bio-tech sciences at the interface of multiple disciplines and to provide for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto. Likewise, while the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill is being introduced to amend certain provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 (61 of 1985), the National Commission for Human Resources for Health Bill is being introduced to regulate the availability of quality of medical education in India. Surprisingly, some of the important Bills like Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill (ART Bill), being introduced to regulate thousands of infertility clinics that have mushroomed in the country over the past several years, and the Drugs & Cosmetics (Amendment) Bill, aiming to enact a comprehensive legislation to ensure standards, safety, quality and effectiveness of medical devices in the country, could not found a place in the transaction of business for the ongoing session.

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