Medical Termination of Pregnancy Regulations, 2003 - Introduction

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G.S.R. 486 (E)  – In exercise of powers conferred by section 7 of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 (34 of 1971), the Central Government hereby makes the following regulations, namely ;

Short title, extent and commencement
 
 (1) These regulations may be called the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Regulations, 2003.

 (2) They extend to all the Union territories.

 (3) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

Definitions

In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires -

(a) “Act” means the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 (34 of 1971)

(b) “Admission Register” means the register maintained under regulation 5;

(c) Chief Medical Officer of the District means the Chief Medical Officer of the District by whatever name called.

(d) “Form” means a form appended to these regulations;

(e) “hospital” means a hospital established or maintained by the Central Government or the Government of Union territory ;

(f) “section” means a section of the Act.

Form of certifying opinion or opinions
 
(1) Where one registered medical practitioner forms or not less than two registered medical practitioners form such opinion as is referred to in sub section (2) of section 3 or 5, he or she shall certify such opinion in Form I.

(2) Every registered medical practitioner who terminates any pregnancy shall, within three hours from the termination of the pregnancy certify such termination in Form I.

Custody of forms

(1) The consent given by a pregnant woman for the termination of her pregnancy, together with the certified opinion recorded under section 3 oR section 5, as the case may be and the intimation of termination of pregnancy shall be placed in an envelope which shall be sealed by the registered medical practitioner or practitioners by whom such termination of pregnancy was performed and until that envelope is sent to the head of the hospital or owner of the approved place or the Chief Medical Officer of the State, it shall be kept in the safe custody of he concerned registered medical practitioner or practitioners, as the case may be.

(2) On every envelope referred to in sub-regulation (1), pertaining to the termination of pregnancy under section 3, there shall be noted the serial number assigned to the pregnant woman in the Admission Register and the name of the registered medical practitioner or practitioners by whom the pregnancy was terminated and such envelope shall be marked “SECRET”.

(3) Every envelope referred to in sub-regulation (2) shall be sent immediately after the termination of the pregnancy to the head of the hospital or owner of the approved place where the pregnancy was terminated. 

(4) On receipt of the envelope referred to in sub-regulation (3), the head of the hospital or owner of the approved place shall arrange to keep the same in safe custody.

(5) Every head of the hospital or owner of the approved place shall send to the Chief Medical Officer of the Sate, IN  form II a monthly statement of cases where medical termination of pregnancy has been done.

(6) On every envelope referred to in sub-regulation (1), pertaining to the termination of pregnancy under section 5, there shall be noted the name and address of the registered medical practitioner by whom the pregnancy was terminated and the date on which the pregnancy was terminated and such envelope shall be marked “SECRET”.

Explanation
 
The columns pertaining to the hospital or approved place and the serial number assigned to the pregnant woman in the Admission Register shall be left blank in Form I in the case of termination performed under section 5.

(7) Where the Pregnancy is not terminated in an approved place or hospital, every envelope referred to in sub-regulation (6) shall be sent by registered post to the Chief Medical Officer of the State on the same day on which the pregnancy was terminated or on the working day next following the day on which the pregnancy was terminated :

Provided that where the pregnancy is terminated in an approved place or hospital, the procedure provided in sub-regulations (1) to (6) shall be followed.

Maintenance of Admission Register
 
(1) every head of the hospital or owner of the approved place shall maintain a register in form III for recording there in the details of the  admissions of women for the termination of their pregnancies and keep such register for a period  of five years from the end of the calendar year it relates to.

(2) The entries in the Admission Register shall be made serially and a fresh serial shall be started at the commencement of each calendar year and the serial number of the particular year shall be distinguished from the serial number of other years by mentioning the year against the serial number, for example, serial number 5 of 1972 and serial number 5 of 1973 shall be mentioned as 5/1972 and 5/1973.

(3) Admission Register shall be a secret document and the information contained therein as to the name and other particulars of the pregnant woman shall not be disclosed to any person.

Admission Register not to be open to inspection
 
The Admission Register shall be kept in the safe custody of the head of the hospital or owner of the approved place, or by any person authorized by such head or owner and save as otherwise provided in sub-regulation (5) of regulation 4 shall not be open for inspection by any person except under the authority of law:

Provided that the registered medical practitioner on the application of an employed woman whose pregnancy has been terminated, grant a certificate for the purpose of enabling her to obtain leave from her employer ;

Provided further that any such employer shall not disclose this information to any other person.

Entries in registers maintained in hospital or approved place
 
No entry shall be made in any case-sheet, operation theater register, follow-up card or any other document or register other than the admission Register maintained at any hospital or approved place indicating therein the name of the pregnant woman and reference to the pregnant woman shall be made therein by the serial number assigned to the woman in the Admission Register.

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Ramramsurgeon 

My M.T.P. Center was raided by Tahsildar on verbal order of Collector. This was purely un-authorized raid.The tahsildar has searched and seized all the documents,case papers,admission register, certificate of MTP registration. There was no involvement of civil surgeon in members in the raid team. In MTP Law only civil surgeon has right to search and raid the hospital.There is no death /injury to any patient.The center is recognized since 15 years. I wan to know that if the search and seize process is done by un authorised person ,then what are the ways by which i can complaint to government and take action on these un authorised persons?

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