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Biomedical waste: IMA state unit to push for change in norms

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The Indian Medical Association (IMA), Tamil Nadu, is hoping to meet the Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change by the end of this month, seeking changes in the regulatory norms for the disposal of biomedical waste.

There are about 4,000 hospitals under the IMA in the State.

Members of the association said that at present, the rules did not distinguish between a facility generating very little waste and one generating a lot.

“Consent fees paid to the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) are calculated based on assets and equipment of the hospital,” said T.N. Ravisankar, State president-elect.

The association wants the fees to be based on the amount of waste generated by the hospital or by the number of beds it has, said C.N. Raja, secretary, nursing homes board of the association.



CB-CID probe

It also wants all fees streamlined, various issues that some clinics faced with biomedical waste disposal facilitators raised and online applications of the TNPCB to be made hospital-specific and user-friendly, he said. The disposal of biomedical waste by hospitals in the State is currently being looked into by the National Green Tribunal’s Southern Bench, which ordered a CB-CID probe last month into the alleged sale of such waste by hospitals.

The case has been posted for July 15.



It will seek

changes in regulatory norms for the disposal of biomedical waste



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