National Commission for Homoeopathy (NCH) Bill, 2018

Context:

  • The Union Cabinet has approved the draft National Commission for Homoeopathy, Bill, 2018.
  • This bill seeks to replace the existing regulator Central Council for Homoeopathy (CCH) with a new body to ensure transparency.

About the Draft Bill:

  • The draft bill provides for the constitution of a National Commission with three autonomous boards entrusted with conducting overall education of Homoeopathy by Homoeopathy Education Board.
  • The Board of assessment and rating to assess and grant permission to educational institutions of Homoeopathy and Board of ethics.
  • The registration of practitioners of Homoeopathy to maintain National Register and ethical issues relating to practice are under the National Commission for Homoeopathy.
  • It also proposes a common entrance exam and an exit exam which all graduates will have to clear to get practicing licenses.
  • Further, a teacher’s eligibility test has been proposed to assess the standard of teachers before appointment and promotions.
  • It further aims at bringing reforms in the medical education of Homoeopathy in lines with the National Medical Commission proposed for setting up for Allopathy system of medicine.
  • The CCH had been earlier superseded by Board of Governors through an Ordinance and subsequent amendment of Act.

Source:PIB