The Maharashtra state government has received the applications for approval from over 100 in-vitro fertilization (IVF) facilities in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad that were recently inspected by the agency in charge of surrogacy and assisted reproductive technology (ART) centers.
Speaking to Pune Pulse, Dr Suryakant Deokar, Assistant Health & Immunization Officer, PMC, said “113-114 IVF facilities’ applications have been sent, for the approval of registration, to the state government from 2021 till today. The state government is yet to grant approval to the IVF facilities.”
A board was established by the health department last year to oversee the state’s implementation of the Surrogacy (Regulation) Act, 2021 and the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Act, 2021. Health Commissioner gave orders to the state’s relevant authorities in November of last year to regulate and begin registering these clinics and banks within their jurisdiction.
According to officials, it is imperative to include these IVF centers within the legal framework due to their increasing proliferation throughout the nation. To begin providing their services, each of these centers submitted an application for registration. Inspections were conducted, and centers that met all eligibility requirements submitted their proposals to the state government for approval.
According to the officials, each of these centers that provides ART and surrogacy needs to register with the relevant government agency. A unique registration number is issued to the centers, and the registration fee varies between ₹50,000 and ₹2 lakh.