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NMC issues draft regulations on registered medical practitioner conduct

The National Medical Commission (NMC)’s Ethics and Medical Registration Board (EMRB) has issued draft regulations on “National Medical Commission, Registered Medical Practitioner (Professional Conduct) Regulations 2022”. The Board has invited comments from the public, experts, stakeholders, and organizations within a month. The comments can be sent by June 22 at the email ID – [email protected].

“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,” said the official notification from EMRB.

The draft regulations include directions on prefix, suffix and modern medicine; professional development programs; right to remuneration; prohibiting soliciting of patients; prescribing general medicine; prohibition of fee splitting or commissions; prohibition of endorsement of the product or a person; restriction on advertisement; responsibility regarding sale of drugs and medical records; informed consent. The draft regulations on duties of RMPs include keeping appointments; incapacity; confidentiality; truth-telling; patient-care; referral; signatures; professional integrity; locum; consultation by telemedicine.

Moreover, according to the draft regulations, the responsibilities of RMPs towards each other include professional integrity; RMP as locum; reporting and inspection whereas those towards the public and allied healthcare professionals talk about public education and awareness; leadership; not taking bribe; financial earnings. “Any violation of these regulations, or other applicable Acts related to medical practice which are in force, shall constitute professional misconduct,” EMRB warned and also listed down regulations on misconduct. Careers360

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