Himachal sets up health regulatory directorate

Shimla: The Himachal government has notified creation of a health safety and regulation directorate for overseeing various health regulatory acts related to environment, bio-medical waste, tobacco prohibition, medical termination of pregnancy and others.

The new directorate shall function as a separate directorate in the department of Health and Family Welfare, stated a government spokesman.

Directorate of Health Safety and Regulation shall deal with subjects related to Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, Bio-medical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1998, the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce Prohibition Act, 2003 and Rules made there under, the Mental Health Act, 1987, PC & PNDT Act, 1994 and Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 2007, Himachal Pradesh Clinical Establishment Registration Act, 2007, Persons with Disabilities ( Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation ) Act, 1995, Drugs and Cosmetic Act, 1940 & Rules, 1945, Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954 and Rules, 1955 and Food Safety Standard Act, 2006 (Act No. 34 of 2006), Human Organ Transplantation Act, 1994, Atomic Energy Act, 1962 & Radiation Protection Rules, 1971 besides Empanelment of Private Health Institutions, C.T.L. Lab Kandaghat and E.S.I. Services said the government spokesman.

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