IMA cautions its members on running illegal pathology labs

Indian Medical Association (IMA), Maharashtra wrote to the President and Secretaries of IMA Local Branches, asking them to ensure that no doctors should run in house pathology lab with the help of technician or should not refer patients to the labs which are independently run by the technicians


  • As per the letter: ‘If the doctor refers patients to an illegal lab and treats the patient relying on these reports, it is a breach of medical ethics. The association will not be in a position to help members in any way if they are found guilty of supporting and associating with illegal laboratories’.
  • ‘The Maharashtra Medical Council has received complaints about such unethical practices and patronage of such illegal laboratories by the IMA members. The council has taken a dim view of the same and as of now has issued strict warnings to the offending parties.’ It also mentions about the criminal proceedings initiated against such doctors’.
  • ‘Pathologist should not offer their names to multiple labs without spending adequate time in these labs and authenticating pathology reports with due diligence’.

Dr Parthiv Sanghvi, State Secretary, IMA, said, “Recently Supreme court has passed a verdict stating that lab reports can be counter signed by a registered medical practitioner with a post graduate qualification in pathology. We want all the doctors to abide to the law and ensure best standards in the medical field. With this motive we have written a letter.”

He added, “Illegal labs are not qualified to write reports. Many labs which run illegally are manned by unqualified people. The illegal labs would not vouch for why this particular investigation is asked by doctors. If the reports are not correct then the diagnosis by the doctors will also be incorrect.”