Set up labs or face action, colleges told - ECAS Punjab

Set up labs or face action, colleges told

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Balwant Garg

Tribune News Service

Faridkot, July 7

In a bid to ramp up Covid-19 testing at government and private medical colleges, the Medical Council of India (MCI) today warned institutes that their failure to establish Bio-Safety Level (BSL) 2 laboratories would result in withdrawal of their recognition.

In a letter to colleges, the MCI Board of Governors said despite medical colleges being reminded time and again in the last one month, numerous colleges are yet to set up the BSL-2 labs with RT-PCR facility.

As per the MCI regulations, requirement of the BSL-2 lab is mandatory in those institutes where strength of MBBS students is between 50 and 250. After the Covid-19 outbreak, the Board of Governors of the MCI had amended the minimum standard requirements for the MBBS Admissions Annually Regulations, 1999. The amendment was notified on June 8. As a result, all the government and private medical institutes were required to set up the BSL-2 laboratory testing facility in the Department of Microbiology.

The MCI or any of the mentor institutes, including AIIMS; PGI, Chandigarh; and AFMC may carry out assessment to verify the availability of this facility in colleges. The letter states that in the event of non-availability of such facility, the MCI can revoke the permission in respect of courses offered by the medical college or recommend the Central Government to withdraw recognition of the institute.

from The Tribune

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