As only two percent of ART (Assisted Reproductive Centre) centres and less than a fifth of IVF(In Vitro Fertilisation) clinics in India are registered with the Indian Council of Medical Research, the government is now considering their registration mandatory.
India has over over 20,000 ART clinics that provide IVF(In Vitro Fertilisation) and UI (intrauterine insemination) services. Only 1500 of them have even applied for the registration and around 390 completed the enrollment process.
The size of ART market in India is expected to cross Rs 10, 000 crore by 2018. Increasing infertility among Indians as a result of demographics helps make ART a thriving business.
While the number of women in 20-44 years is to increase by 14% between 2010 and 2020, those between 30-44 years within that age group, who display lower fertility rates, is to increase by 20%.
Charging high amounts and misuse of the technologies for sex determination are the biggest concerns about unregulated clinics.