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ICMR guidelines on Assisted Reproductive Technology: lacking in vision, wrapped in red tape

Laxmi Murthy, Vani Subramanian

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2007.049


According to estimates of the WHO, 13-19 million couples in India are infertile. Infertility due to reproductive tract infections and genital tuberculosis is preventable and amenable to treatment, and an estimated 8 per cent of infertile couples opt for medical intervention involving the use of advanced Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART). It is in this context that the National Guidelines for Accreditation, Supervision and Regulation of ART Clinics in India, by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Academy of Medical Sciences, India, 2005, are significant.

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