Announcement on CSR funds usage for COVID–19 Vaccination

Fresh Circular from Ministry of Corporate Affairs

Fresh Announcement on #CSR funds usage for COVID–19 from MCA (Ministry of Corporate Affairs)

Considering the spread of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in India, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has earlier announced that spending of Corporate Social Responsibility Funds (CSR funds) for COVID-19 is an eligible CSR activity of a company.

The earlier announcement from the Government had also clarified that spending of CSR funds for carrying out awareness campaigns / programme on COVID 19 vaccination would be considered as the corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity of firms.

The current announcement released by MCA states that :

– spending of CSR funds for COVID-19 vaccination for persons other than the employees and their families, is an eligible CSR activity under item no. (i) of Schedule VII of the Companies Act, 2013 relating to promotion of health care including preventive health care and item no. (xii) relating to disaster management.

The companies may undertake the aforesaid activity subject to fulfillment of Companies (CSR Policy) Rules, 2014.

Download the notification from MCA here

Source – https://www.mca.gov.in/content/mca/global/en/notifications-tender/notices-circulars.html

Work Place Health and Safety Guidelines

Mandatory Vaccination for Industrial Workers and Families – Announcement from TN Govt

It is now mandatory for employees as well as their family members to take both doses of Covid-19 vaccine to access workplaces or industries, the Tamil Nadu government has notified today. Notification is issued by TN Health Department (TN DPH).

These guidelines on Covid-appropriate behaviour for workplaces, industries, and factories have mandated many instructions to be followed by businesses at work places.

Key Guidelines :

  • All staff and family members must be vaccinated with two doses OF CIVID 19 vaccine
  • All workplaces and industries with more than 300 employees or 10,000 sqft space should appoint a qualified health inspector, ‘at their own cost’, for monitoring and to coordinate/implement health activities on the premises. 
  • Covid-19 health team must be created on the premises and awareness measures must be held for employees
  • Screening process must include asking the employee for any Covid-19 related symptoms, if family members have symptoms, checking body temperature and checking if the staff is quarantined for having symptoms. 
  • Guidelines say that mask-wearing is mandatory at all workplaces, and administrations must monitor mask compliance through supervisors and managers, including CCTV monitoring. “Anyone without mask must be sent out of the workplace, guideline says.
  • Guidelines insist on maintaining social distancing, hand-washing facilities, and hand sanitation as well to be maintained at work places.
  • In canteen and dining area, the workers must be divided into groups and meals and tea timings should be split across the groups.
  • In quarters and dorms, Covid appropriate behaviour must be followed .

Download the Guidelines Released by TN DPH from here :

Source :

https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/2021/jul/25/both-covid-vaccine-doses-must-for-staff-family-members-health-dept-2335008.html

The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020 No. 37 of 2020 announced by Ministry of Labour and Employment has mandated implementation of OSH Code at work places by businesses.

Work Place Health and Safety from now onwards will have more dimension towards Health related focus than the Safety focus that earlier Factories Act had earlier.

Work places should focus on creating Health and Hygiene monitoring teams and more and more employees should be trained towards internalising the practices from now. Businesses should have to focus towards internalising Mental Health Counsellors too slowly and gradually.

All these are interlinked to Work Place Productivity and businesses will have to slowly start addressing multiple challenges that may arise at work place on people related issues.

INFOSAN Alert dated 01st July 2021 – FSSAI announcement

Detection of Salmonella in dried Oregano from Chile [Updated on:05-07-2021]

International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) Alert

International Food Safety Authorities Network – INFOSAN issued an alert regarding the detection of Salmonella in Sweden in dried oregano from Chile. The International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) is a global network of national food safety authorities, managed jointly by FAO and WHO.

This product has been imported to India by Keya Foods International PVT LTD and distributed within India. 

The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) on July 1, 2021 has advised all states food authority to recall the dried Oregano from the market, as the INFOSAN detected of Salmonella in dried Oregano from Chile. 

Therefore, All the state food authorities are advised to take necessary actions including complete recall of the product from the market. All the consumers are advised not to consume the product and return back if purchased, to the store/shop of purchase. 

Download FSSAI notification from here

Medical Device – Product Recall

Ventilator Recall by Philips – Recall Announcement / Alert from CDSCO

Medical Device Alert on Ventilator of Philips Announcement from CDSCO

Following message is shared by National Coordination Center (NCC) –Materio vigilance program of India(MvPI)Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission(IPC), Ghaziabad, Autonomous body of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India:

Dear Healthcare Professionals,

As CDSCO has issued Medical Device Alert on Philips Ventilator, kindly go through the link shared below to know more about the alert :

https://cdsco.gov.in/opencms/opencms/system/modules/CDSCO.WEB/elements/download_file_division.jsp?num_id=NzM3MQ==

Kindly update NCC MVPI team whether the said ventilator make is available/used in your hospital premises.

If yes, kindly send the feedback to the following email ids, by submitting duly filled “Field Safety Correction Action Form” shared below :

https://www.ipc.gov.in/images/FIELD_SAFETY_CORRECTIVE_ACTION_NOTIFICATION_FSCA_FORM.pdf

Please email your feedback along with duly filled field safety form to :

Kindly request your hospital team to take immediate necessary action as mentioned in alert notice.

Downloads :

About CDSCO – https://cdsco.gov.in/opencms/opencms/en/Home/

About IPC – https://www.ipc.gov.in/

About MVPI Program Launched by IPC :

Ministry of health and family welfare, Government of India has approved the commencement of Materiovigilance Programme of India (MvPI) at Indian pharmacopoeia commission on July 6, 2015 to monitor the safety of medical devices in the country. Indian Pharmacopeia Commission is functioning as National coordination center for MvPI and various steps and strategies have been made by NCC including launching of reporting tools to report MDAE, enrollment of new Medical Device Adverse Events Monitoring Centers and many others are in pipeline.

Training and workshops are organized in different regions of the country to improve the adverse event reporting practice and the attitude of healthcare professionals. NCC in collaboration with Central Drug Standard Control Organization, National Health System Resource Centre and Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology provides training and technical support to the stakeholders and this guidance document will be an important tool for conducting Materiovigilance activities. We are hopeful that this document will support to ensure
the safety and efficacy of medical devices in the country by illuminating various components of MvPI.

For more information about MVPI, download the document below :

Role of Hospitals and other Healthcare Organisations in reporting Adverse Events to IPC :

Hospitals and other Healthcare organisations have to report adverse events caused by drugs or devices to IPC under PVPI or MVPI program.

Since many of the Hospitals and Healthcare organisations are Certified , Accredited for many Quality and Patient Safety Programs in the country , Certification or Accreditation Programs calls for mandatory reporting of Adverse Events caused by Drugs or Devices to Patients, Employees etc.

Since the Ventilator is Recalled by the manufacturer on “Health and Safety Grounds”, Healthcare organisations which have been using the cited make of the Ventilator have to share the feedback to MVPI Cell of IPC in the format shared above. These are the Globally defined Regulatory Protocols and all healthcare organisations have to follow the same.

MSME Definition Widened

MSME Definition to include Retail and Wholesale Trade Businesses

Ministry of #MSME has announced revised guidelines for #MSMEs with inclusion of Retail and Wholesale trade businesses as MSMEs. This is done to strengthen these MSME businesses and make them engines for economic growth.

Shri Gadkari said the revised guidelines will benefit 2.5 Crore Retail and Wholesale Traders. He said Retail and wholesale trade were left out of the ambit of MSME, now under the revised guidelines, retail and wholesale trade will also get benefit of priority sector lending under RBI guidelines.

With the revised guidelines the Retail and wholesale trades will be now be allowed to register on Udyam Registration Portal.

Source – https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1732193

MSME Registration Link – Udyam Registration Portal Link

Report by Niti Aayog

Study on the Not-for-Profit Hospital Model in India

The “Not-for-Profit” Hospital Sector has the reputation of providing affordable and accessible healthcare for many years. This sector has done yeoman service over the years with some institutions from even before Independence. Although various institutions have been established for different purposes, this sector provides not only curative healthcare, but also preventive healthcare, and links healthcare with social reform, community engagement, and education. They utilize the resources and grants provided to them by the Government to provide cost effective healthcare to the population without being overly concerned about profits.

However, this sector remains largely understudied, with a lack of awareness about its services in the public domain. Hence Niti Aayog has conducted a study on “Not for Profit Hospital Model” in India. This report was released yesterday.

The aim of this study is to understand the operating model of some of the prominent institutions across the country, including their premise of service, human resource availability, cost containment levers, and the challenges they face.

This study will facilitate policymakers in deciding how they can assist this sector to sustain, grow, and in turn, help reach the unreached sections of society.

This report covers :
Objective of the Study
Approach
Criteria for Classification of Hospitals
Methodology
Key Findings
Challenges Faced by the Not-for-Profit Hospitals
Proposed Policy Interventions to Promote the Not-for-Profit Hospital Sector

Full report can be downloaded from here :

Source : http://niti.gov.in/

HR Compliances & Employee Welfare Benefits in Businesses

ESIC has notified Covid-19 relief scheme to families of employees, covered under ESIC

The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has notified Covid-19 relief scheme to the families of employees, covered under ESIC, who died of Covid-19.

This scheme will be valid for two years. The family pension which is normally payable only in case of death due to employment injury has now been relaxed to include death due to Covid-19. As per the scheme, the family members of the employee will be eligible for family pension equivalent up to 90 per cent of the average wage of the deceased employee, subject to a minimum of Rs 1800 per month.

Eligibility conditions are the employees should have been registered under the EȘI scheme at least 3 months prior to the date of diagnosis with Covid-19 and contribution in respect of him/her should have been paid or payable for at least 70 days during the period of maximum one year immediately preceding the diagnosis of coronavirus disease.

Those employees falling short of the required contributory condition of 70 days due to their leave under Maternity or TDB or ESB, the number of days of such leave will also be considered as eligible under these criteria, only under this special scheme.

Besides, the spouse of the deceased employee shall be eligible for medical treatment in ESI hospital/dispensaries on payment of Rs 120 per annum. The claim for the pension benefit can be submitted in any branch office of ESIC along with the Covid-19 positive report, death certificate, and the identity (Aadhar Card or Voter ID or E- Pehchan in original) of the deceased employee and age proof of the dependent family members (Copy of Aadhar Card, Birth Certificate of all claimants).

For more information, can contact the help desk of the nearest ESIC branch office or visit www.esic.nic.in.

Download the notification of ESIC here :

FSSAI’s mandate for Food Businesses in the country

FBOs to mention FSSAI Licence No. on Invoice / Bills from Oct 1st, 2021

Come 1st October 2021 Food Business Operators (FBO) to mention FSSAI License or Registration number on every invoice.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has made it mandatory for the FBO’s to declare the 14-digit FSSAI License or Registration number on cash receipts/purchase invoices/cash memo /bills etc.

As per the order dated 8th June 2021, FSSAI mentioned that declaration of the License or Registration number will facilitate the consumers to complain about any grievance with the FBO. Since complaints remain unresolved due to lack of specific information, this move will help consumers who can lodge an online complaint against a particular food business using the FSSAI number.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a latest order in this regard 8th June 2021 which can be downloaded here.

Licensing and Registration Authorities are directed to widely publicise the policy and shall ensure its implementation mandatorily with effect from October 2, 2021, the FSSAI order says

Mentioning of FSSAI number shall also improve the overall awareness, the Regulator said. If not mentioned, it will indicate non-compliance or non registration/licensing by the food business.

Stating that the food business ecosystem is large, the regulator said 14-digit FSSAI number of any food business operator is not “easily visible and available on consumer/service recipient.”

If the FSSAI number is not available to consumers, expecting him to complain with complete coordinates is an uphill task. Even regulators find it difficult to trace the origin of complaint and attend to it promptly.

No database can be created without a unique locator code, which in case of food safety is the FSSAI number.

Presently, FSSAI number is compulsory to be displayed on packaged food labels but the issue lies especially in case of establishments such as restaurants, mithai shops, caterers, even retail stores.

Further, the regulator said that it is amending the Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses Regulations to mandate display of ‘food safety display boards’ at all times at prominent places in case of restaurants.

However, there remains a deficit of mechanism for consumer to know the FSSAI number of the service/product provider.

In case of pre-packaged food where the manufacturer’s FSSAI number is printed on the pack, there exist a deficit of track and trace mechanism whereby the path of the package from a manufacturer to consumer can be traced. The invoice helps establishing this trail. With mentioning of the FSSAI number will help in improving traceability for food products, the regulator added.

Announcement for Environmental Testing Laboratories

Announcement from Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change

MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE – NOTIFICATION

Mandatory NABL Accreditation and OHSAS Certification

The Central Government orders says :

  1. Recognition of private laboratories and recognition of their analysts shall be done by the Central Pollution Control Board here after as per the Environmental Protection Act 1986
  2. All environmental laboratories shall obtain accreditation from the National Accreditation Board
    for Testing and Calibration Laboratories
    Accreditation ISO 17025 :2017 for all criteria testing
    parameters as defined by Central Pollution Control Board along with Certification for Occupational
    Health and Safety Management System – ISO 45001:2018 before submission of application to the
    Central Pollution Control Board for consideration of the said application under the provisions of
    the Act, for –
    (i) fresh or renewal of recognition of laboratory;
    (ii) changes in the name of Government Analysts; and (iii) shifting of laboratory premises.
  3. The recognition of laboratory shall be granted for the validity period of accreditation under ISO 17025:2017 and for the testing parameters accredited therein.
  4. The recognition of laboratory shall be granted for the validity period of ISO 45001:2018 certification from a recognised agency and shall be valid for the same premises of its operation for which the application is made.

Full notification can e downloaded from the link below

Source : http://moef.gov.in/en/