The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has informed the Delhi High Court that certification from the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) is required for the registration of private laboratories for COVID-19 testing and NABL certifies the readiness of labs to conduct molecular testing of SARS-Cov-2 before the investigative body allows them to be tested.
As for the online health services, the Indian Council of Medical Research said that monitoring their activities is not within its purview.
The ICMR made the statement in an affidavit filed in response to a plea that calls for contempt from authorities for failing to comply with the Delhi High Court’s previous order to take action against online health services that are illegal. operate and collect samples for COVID-19 testing.
The petition will be heard before Judge Najmi Waziri on Tuesday.
The ICMR has said in its affidavit that it has approved 134 (35 government and 99 private) labs in Delhi on August 16, 2021 for RT-PCR, TrueNat, CBNAAT and other M-NAT testing platforms and the information is also available at her website.
It said the ICMR has established SOPs and standard guidelines for setting up COVID-19 testing labs and 14 mentoring institutes have been set up in India to guide the labs in implementing these SOPs and setting up a testing lab.
“For Delhi, the mentoring institute is AIIMS, Delhi. NABL certification is a must for private testing lab enrollment. NABL certifies lab readiness to conduct molecular testing of SARS-Cov-2 before ICMR board them to These parameters ensure that laboratories meet regulatory standards for COVID-19 testing,” said the affidavit submitted by Dr. R Lakshminarayanan, Deputy Director General (Admin), ICMR.
Dr. Rohit Jain’s plea of contempt has urged the Supreme Court to allow the plea of contempt and stop the illegal online health service aggregators, which are not authorized to collect diagnostic samples for COVID-19 testing of further disregard for the order passed by the court last year.
On April 8, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that COVID-19 testing should be performed in NABL-accredited labs or WHO or ICMR-approved bodies.
On August 6, 2020, a division bench of the Supreme Court had ordered the AAP government to take action in accordance with the law against online health service aggregators, which operate illegally without any registration, after hearing all stakeholders.
Lawyer Shashank Deo Sudhi, who represents the petitioner Dr. Rohit Jain, had said the rapid activity of the online aggregators collecting and testing coronavirus samples is increasing across the country.
“The petitioner tries again and again to bring to the attention of the court that the illegal online health service aggregators are not authorized to collect or test samples for COVID-19 or routine testing by ICMR and are not accredited by NABL as a marketplace e-mail. trading entities,” the plea said.
It claimed that this rampant illegal sample collection by online health service aggregators is leading to false-negative COVID-19 results, releasing the coronavirus-positive patients into society and unfortunately allowing them to transmit or spread the virus.
It said there is an urgent need to stop the online health aggregators from illegally collecting the diagnostic samples to save the innocent people in the interest of the general public and that action can be taken against them as directed by the court on August 6 last year.
The petition has requested the initiation of contempt proceedings against top government officials and others for alleged non-compliance with the Supreme Court’s order asking to take action and regulate online pathology labs.
The petitioner has requested contempt from the Delhi Secretary, the Secretary, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Directors General of the Health Service and the ICMR for allegedly failing to comply with last year’s Supreme Court order.
Shashank Deo Sudhi has argued that the online aggregators such as “healthian” and “1mg” are operating illegally in Delhi.
He has argued that these online aggregators are playing with the lives of the common people and should be banned.
The plea alleges that several illegal online aggregators advertise freely by offering attractive body check packages, including the test for COVID-19 via SMS or various online modes, and added that the petitioner advertises online advertisements via email. aggregators for testing.
The August 6, 2020 Supreme Court designation had come during the removal of a PIL requesting a ban on allegedly illegal online health services for collecting diagnostic samples for testing COVID-19 infection.
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