Editorial
Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
17th January 2019
Delhi High Court stayed the operation of letter dated 01.06.2018 requiring registration of ultrasound machine used for ophthalmology, echocardiography, etc.

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

In the matter titled as “All India Ophthalmological Society through its President versus Union of India & Others, WP© No. 12057/2018” vide order dated 09.01.2019, the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi has stayed the operation of the letter dated 01.06.2018 issued by the Union of India to all Principal Secretary Health of All States / UTs to take necessary steps to implement the proposal of registration of all units, which use ultrasound machines for ophthalmology, echocardiography, urology and others under Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act, 1994 .

Facts of the case

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