Posted in Political Institutions on Jun 04, 2019

This Bill aims to introduce quality standards for universities and courses that award medical degrees, diplomas and certificates, whilst harmonising standards with national education and health policies. Moreover, it aims to prevent abuse of the medical higher education system.

A Myanmar Medical Degree, Diploma and Certificates Management Committee shall be formed by the Union Government, comprising the Union Minister for Health and Sports as the chair, the Permanent Secretary as the vice-chair, and the Chief Director from the Department of Human Resources for Health as the secretary. The chief director from the Department of Public Health or Medical Services, the heads of medical councils/organisations, and representatives from medical universities, will also be included as members.

The tasks of the committee are to include:

  • formulation of policy to do with granting of medical degrees, diploma and certificates
  • forming and monitoring working committees
  • recognizing of university, college, and courses in terms of granting degree, diploma and certificates, and the examining of medical degree, diploma and certificates.

It can form a Working Committee with the chief director from the Department of Human Resources for Health, three deputy directors, and directors. The Working Committee can form needed groups and must report to the Management Committee about the granting of medical degrees, diplomas and certificates by the recognized university, college and courses.

The universities, colleges and courses that can give medical degrees, diplomas and certificates are those established by The University Education Law of 1973; universities, colleges and courses under the Ministry of Health and Sports and the Ministry of Defence; and private universities, colleges and courses permitted by the Ministry of Health and Sports.

There is an imprisonment for a term from a minimum of one year to a maximum of three years or a fine from a minimum of 5 million MMK to a maximum of 10 million MMK for unautheorised granting of medical degrees, diplomas and certificates, or any associated act by other departments, organizations or persons.

If someone fraudulently claims a medical degree, diploma or course, the imprisonment is from a minimum of six months to a maximum of one year, or the fine is from a minimum of 5 million MMK to a maximum of 10 million MMK. For committing the same offense the imprisonment is from a minimum of 1 year to a maximum of 3 years or the fine is from a minimum of 5 million MMK to 10 million MMK. To prosecute the mentioned offenses, the prior permit has to be got from the Ministry of Health and Sports.