NMC releases Draft Registered Medical Practitioner Professional Conduct Regulations 2022, invites comments
New Delhi: Addressing various issues of professional conduct of registered medical practitioners, the Ethics & Medical Registration Board (EMRB) of the National Medical Commission (NMC) has introduced Draft of National Medical Commission, Registered Medical Practitioner (Professional Conduct) Regulations, 2022.While releasing the draft of the regulations, the NMC has invited comments from...
New Delhi: Addressing various issues of professional conduct of registered medical practitioners, the Ethics & Medical Registration Board (EMRB) of the National Medical Commission (NMC) has introduced Draft of National Medical Commission, Registered Medical Practitioner (Professional Conduct) Regulations, 2022.
While releasing the draft of the regulations, the NMC has 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."
Introducing the regulations on public domain, NMC has invited comments and mentioned, "The comments should be sent to the email at email@example.com within one month i.e. by 22.06.2022."
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.
Professional Conduct of RMPs:
Referring to the duties and responsibilities of the registered medical practitioners, NMC mentioned, "At the time of making an application for registration under the provisions of the NMC Act, it shall be deemed that the RMP has read and agreed to abide by these regulations."
These regulations include issues like- Prefix, Suffix and Modern Medicine, Continuing Professional Development Program, Right to remuneration of A RMP, Prohibiting Soliciting of Patient, Prescribing Generic Medicine, Prohibition of Fee Splitting/Commissions, Prohibition of endorsement of the product or a person, Restriction on Advertisement, Responsibility of RMP regarding the sale of drugs, Responsibility of RMP regarding the Medical Records, Informed Consent.
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