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Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Amendment Act, 2002

Insertion  of  new section  31 A

 After section 31 of the principal Act, the following section shall be inserted, namely:-

 Removal  of difficulties.

“31A.  (1) If any difficulty arises in giving effect to the provisions of the Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse ) Amendment Act, 2002,  the Central Government may, by order published in the Official Gazette, make such provisions not inconsistent with the provisions of the said  Act as appear to it to be necessary or expedient for removing the difficulty:

 Provided that no order shall be made under this section after the expiry of a period of three years from the date of commencement of the Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Amendment Act, 2002.

 (2) Every order made under this section shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before each House of Parliament.”.

 Amendment of section 32

        In section 32, in sub-section (2),-

 (i) for clause (i), the following clauses shall be substituted, namely:-

   “(i) the minimum qualifications for persons employed at a registered Genetic Counselling Centre, Genetic Laboratory or Genetic Clinic under clause (2) of section 3;

          (ia) the manner in which the person conducting ultrasonography on a pregnant woman shall keep record thereof in the Clinic under the proviso to sub-section (3) of section 4;”;

   (ii) after clause (iv), the following clauses shall be inserted, namely:-

          “(iva) code of conduct to be observed by persons working at Genetic Counselling Centres, Genetic Laboratories and Genetic Clinics to be laid down by the Central Supervisory Board under clause (iv) of section 16;

            (ivb) the manner in which reports shall be furnished by the State and Union territory Supervisory Boards to the Board and the Central Government in respect of various activities undertaken in the State under the Act under clause (iv) of sub-section (1) of section 16A;

           (ivc) empowering the Appropriate Authority in any other matter under clause (d) of section 17A;”.

 K.N. CHATURVEDI,
 Additional Secy. To the Govt. of India

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