“Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020.” – Consultation by Telemedicine

BOARD OF GOVERNORS IN SUPER SESSION OF MEDICAL COUNCIL OF INDIA NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 12th May, 2020

No. MCI-211(2)/2019(Ethics)/100659.— In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 33 of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 (102 of 1956), the Board of Governors in Supersession of the Medical Council of India with the previous sanction of the Central Government, hereby makes the following Regulations to amend the “Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002:-

1. (i) These Regulations may be called the “Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020.”

(ii) These regulations shall deemed to have been effective from 25th March 2020 which is the date on which the Central Government has accorded approval to these Regulations.

2. In the “Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002”, the following addition shall be made:-

3.8 Consultation by Telemedicine

3.8.1 Consultation through Telemedicine by the Registered Medical Practitioner under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 shall be permissible in accordance with the Telemedicine Practice Guidelines contained in Appendix 5.

3.8.2 Telemedicine Practice Guidelines are designed to serve as an aid and tool to enable Registered Medical Practitioners to effectively leverage telemedicine to enhance health services and access to all in India.

3.8.3 Telemedicine Practice Guidelines are not applicable to the use of digital technology to conduct surgical or invasive procedure remotely.

3.8.4 Any of the drugs lists contained in Telemedicine Practice Guidelines can be modified by the Board of Governors in super-session of the Medical Council of India/Medical Council of India from time to time, as required.

3.8.5 The Board of Governors in super-session of the Medical Council of India may issue necessary directions or advisories or clarifications in regard to these Guidelines, as required.

3.8.6 The Telemedicine Practice Guidelines can be amended from time to time in larger public interest with the prior approval of Central Government

[Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India].

Dr. RAKESH KUMAR VATS, Secy.-General

[ ADVT.-III/4/Exty./25/2020-21]

Shared by Dr. Guriqbal Singh Jaiya, Member – DHIndia Association