Section 29 in The National Commission for Homoeopathy Act, 2020

Title: Permission for establishment of new medical institution.

Description: (1) No person shall establish a new medical institution or start any post-graduate course or increase number of seats without obtaining prior permission of the Medical Assessment and Rating Board for Homoeopathy. Explanation.--For the purpose of this sub-section, the term "person" includes any University or a trust or any other body but does not include the Central Government. (2) For the purpose of obtaining permission under sub-section (1), a person may submit a scheme to the Medical Assessment and Rating Board for Homoeopathy in such form, containing such particulars, accompanied by such fee, and in such manner, as may be specified by regulations. (3) While considering the scheme received under sub-section (2), the Medical Assessment and Rating Board for Homoeopathy shall have regard to the standards of education and research, the standards and norms for infrastructure and faculty, the guidelines on setting up of medical institutions and other requirements determined by the Homoeopathy Education Board, and pass an order either approving or disapproving the scheme within three months from the date of receipt of such scheme: Provided that before disapproving such scheme, an opportunity to rectify the defects, if any, shall be given to the person concerned. (4) Where a scheme is approved under sub-section (3), such approval shall be the permission under sub-section (1) to establish a new medical institution. (5) Where a scheme is disapproved under sub-section (3) or where no order is passed within three months of submitting a scheme under sub-section (2), the person concerned may prefer an appeal to the Commission within fifteen days of such disapproval or, as the case may be, after lapse of three months, in such manner as may be specified by regulations. (6) Where the Commission has disapproved the scheme or no order has been passed within fifteen days from the date of preferring appeal under sub-section (5), the person concerned may prefer a second appeal to the Central Government within seven days of communication of such disapproval or, as the case may be, lapse of specified period of fifteen days. (7) The Medical Assessment and Rating Board for Homoeopathy may conduct evaluation and assessment of any University or medical institution at any time, either directly or through any other expert, having integrity and experience in medical profession without any prior notice and assess and evaluate the performance, standards and benchmarks of such University or medical institution.

Title: Criteria for approving or disapproving scheme.

Description: While approving or disapproving a scheme under section 29, the Medical Assessment and Rating Board for Homoeopathy, or the Commission, as the case may be, shall take into consideration the following criteria, namely:-- (a) adequacy of infrastructure and financial resources; (b) whether adequate academic faculty, non-teaching staff and other necessary facilities have been provided to ensure proper functioning of medical institution or would be provided within the time limit specified in the scheme; (c) whether adequate hospital facilities have been provided or would be provided within the time limit specified in the scheme; (d) such other factors as may be prescribed: Provided that, subject to the previous approval of the Central Government, the criteria may be relaxed for the medical institutions which are set up in such areas as may be specified by the regulations.

Title: State Medical Councils.

Description: (1) The State Government shall, by notification, within three years of the commencement of this Act, establish a State Medical Council for Homoeopathy in that State if no such Council exists in that State. (2) Where a State Act confers power upon the State Medical Council to take disciplinary actions in respect of any professional or ethical misconduct by a registered practitioner of Homoeopathy, the State Medical Council shall act in accordance with the regulations made, and the guidelines framed, under this Act: Provided that till such time as a State Medical Council for Homoeopathy is established in a State, the Board of Ethics and Registration for Homoeopathy shall receive the complaints and grievances relating to any professional or ethical misconduct against a registered practitioner of Homoeopathy in that State in accordance with such procedure as may be specified by regulations: Provided further that the Board of Ethics and Registration for Homoeopathy or, as the case may be, the State Medical Council shall give an opportunity of hearing to such practitioner before passing any order or taking any action, including imposition of any monetary penalty, against such person. (3) A practitioner of Homoeopathy who is aggrieved by the order passed or the action taken by— (a) the State Medical Council under sub-section (2) may prefer an appeal to the Board of Ethics and Registration for Homoeopathy and the decision, if any, of the Board of Ethics and Registration for Homoeopathy thereupon shall be binding on such State Medical Council, unless a second appeal is preferred under sub-section (4); (b) the Board of Ethics and Registration for Homoeopathy under the first proviso to sub-section (2) may prefer an appeal to the Commission. (4) A medical practitioner of Homoeopathy who is aggrieved by the decision of the Board of Ethics and Registration for Homoeopathy, may prefer an appeal to the Commission within sixty days of communication of such decision. Explanation.--For the purposes of this Act:-- (a) "State" includes Union territory and the expressions "State Government" and "State Medical Council for Homoeopathy", in relation to a Union territory, shall respectively mean the "Central Government" and "Union Territory Medical Council for Homoeopathy"; (b) the expression "professional or ethical misconduct" includes any act of commission or omission, as may be specified by regulations;

Title: National Register and State Register of Homoeopathy.

Description: (1) The Board of Ethics and Registration for Homoeopathy shall maintain a National Register containing the name, address, all recognised qualifications possessed by a licensed medical practitioner of Homoeopathy and such other particulars as may be specified by regulations. (2) The National Register shall be maintained in such form, including in electronic form and in such manner as may be specified by regulations. (3) The manner in which any name or qualification may be added to, or removed from, the National Register and the grounds for removal thereof, shall be such as may be specified by the regulations. (4) The National Register shall be made available in the public by placing it on the website of the Board of Ethics and Registration for Homoeopathy. (5) Every State Medical Council shall maintain and regularly update the State Register in the specified electronic format and supply a physical copy of the same to the Board of Ethics and Registration for Homoeopathy within three months of the commencement of this Act. (6) The Board of Ethics and Registration for Homoeopathy shall ensure electronic synchronization of the National Register and the State Register in such a manner that any change in one such register is automatically reflected in the other register.

Title: Rights of persons to be enrolled in National Register and their obligations thereto.

Description: (1) Any person who has a recognised medical qualification in Homoeopathy under this Act and qualifies the National Exit Test held under section 15 shall have a licence to practice Homoeopathy and shall have his name and qualifications enrolled in the National Register or a State Register, as the case may be: Provided that a person who has been registered in the Central Register of Homoeopathy maintained under the Homoeopathy Central Council Act, 1973 (59 of 1973) prior to the coming into force of this Act and before the National Exit Test becomes operational under sub-section (3) of section 15, shall be deemed to have been registered under this Act and be enrolled first in the State Register and subsequently in the National Register maintained under this Act. (2) No person who has obtained a qualification in Homoeopathy from a medical institution established in any country outside India and is recognised as a medical practitioner of Homoeopathy in that country, shall, after the commencement of this Act and the National Exit Test for Homoeopathy becomes operational under sub-section (3) of section 15, be enrolled in the National Register for Homoeopathy, unless he qualifies the National Exit Test for Homoeopathy. (3) When a person whose name is entered in the State Register or the National Register, as the case may be, obtains any title, diploma or qualification for proficiency in sciences or medicine which is a recognised qualification under section 34 or section 35, as the case may be, he shall be entitled to have such title, diploma or qualification entered against his name in the State Register or the National Register, in such manner as may be specified by regulations.

The National Commission for Homoeopathy Act, 2020