NMC ethics regulations 2022: Doctors write to NMC Ethics Board, ask to extend Deadline for submitting comments

New Delhi: As the deadline for submitting comments regarding the recently released Draft RMP (Professional Conduct) Regulations 2022 is drawing near, the Delhi Medical Association (DMA) has recently written to the Ethics and Medical Registration board (EMRB) of the National Medical Commission (NMC) praying for more time.

Writing to the President of EMRB, Dr. Achal Gulati, the association pointed out that it has already constituted expert groups for looking into the Draft Ethics Regulations, DMA mentioned in the letter dated 13.06.2022, “we feel more time needs to be given for all stake holders to give their views.”

The association has prayed to the Apex Medical Body to extend the last date of submission of comments by at least one month.

Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that addressing various issues of professional conduct of registered medical practitioners, the Ethics & Medical Registration Board (EMRB) of the National Medical Commission (NMC) recently introduced Draft of National Medical Commission, Registered Medical Practitioner (Professional Conduct) Regulations, 2022.

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While releasing the draft of the regulations, the NMC also invited comments from the public and stakeholders and the last date to send the comments is June 22.

Issuing a notice in this regard, NMC mentioned, “Draft Regulations are placed in public domain through our website on 23.05.2022 in accordance with Section 27, 30, 31 & 57 of the National Medical Commission Act, 2019 inviting comments from public in general & Experts/Stakeholders/Organisations for the following proposed regulations: “National Medical Commission, Registered Medical Practitioner (Professional Conduct) Regulations, 2022.”

“The comments should be sent to the email at emrb.ethics@nmc.org.in within one month i.e. by 22.06.2022,” the notice further mentioned.

As per the notice, the time for submitting comments on the Draft ends on June 22, which is only one week away. However, Delhi Medical Association (DMA) has pointed out that the given duration of one month is not enough for submitting comments.

Writing to NMC, the President of DMA, Dr. Ashwini Dalmiya mentioned in the letter, “We would request you to extend the last date of submission of comments by at least one month. Since these exhaustive regulations need more detailed study and internal discussions amongst our members before arriving at a conclusion for us to give you your suggestions, we feel more time needs to be given for all stake holders to give their views.”

“DMA as the oldest medical association of the country (founded in the year 1914) has constituted expert groups who are looking into the draft regulations,” it further added.

Speaking to Medical Dialogues Team, Dr Ashwani Dalmiya, President, Delhi Medical Association explained,” These regulations are one of the most important regulations for the doctors as it has a direct connection with their practice. Also, this new draft has come after 20 years, as the last MCI Code of Medical Ethics was released in 2002.”

“Being such an important and extensive document, that does not change regularly, It is important that all get ample time to read through the document and give their comments and suggestions. We have asked the NMC to extend the deadline for submitting the suggestions and also appeal to alll members of the medical fraternity to respond on this issue,” he added.

These new regulations have addressed the issue of Professional Conduct of Registered Medical Practitioners (RMPs) including their duties and responsibilities, continuing professional development program, remuneration, prescribing generic medicine, prohibition of commission, restriction on advertisement, responsibilities regarding sale of drugs, medical reports, etc.

Apart from these, the regulations have also specified about the duties of RMPs towards their patients, responsibilities of RMPs towards each other, their duties towards the public and allied healthcare professionals. The issue of Professional Misconduct has also been addressed in these regulations. It describes the procedure for a complaint of professional misconduct, manner of inquiry into the complaint, manner of inquiry into the complaint, prohibition of review of the order, power of the SMC/EMRB, delay in decision, etc.

Further, the guidelines for prescribing generic medicine, the template for writing prescriptions, NMC code of medical ethics, guidelines on penalties, levels of disciplinary action as per breach of conduct, guidelines on informed consent in clinical practice, conduct of RMPs on social media, format for medical record, form of certificate recommended for leave or extension or communication of leave and for fitness, continuous professional development guidelines, creation of CPD Committee under EMRB, application for obtaining eligibility for conducting CPD from EMRB, format of certificate for delegates among others.

These new regulations also have addressed the guidelines for practice of Telemedicine in India including the scope of telemedicine, Technology used for telemedicine, framework for telemedicine, guidelines for technology platforms enabling telemedicine, special responsibilities of NMC, etc.

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