For example, assisted reproduction is regulated in Germany by the Embryo Protection Act.
The legal basis provides more than half of the reasons leading to treatment abroad. Particularly, when donations or pre-implantation diagnoses are needed, many couples have to go abroad because these methods are prohibited in many countries.
The table below shows some important differences of legal frames between countries. Obviously, assisted reproduction raises many legal and ethical questions, which are answered differently in each country.
Many of the legal provisions are rooted in the history and religion of a country.
CBRC is regulated in Europe at three levels: through laws designed to meet EU directives, regulations defining the staff’s qualification and “guidelines for good practice”.
On an international level, the European Union Tissue and Cells Directive (EUTCD) regulates all standards regarding genetic material. Therefore, the acquisition of genetic material, tests needed, and processes of the genetic material storage and transportation are accurately regulated.
The original directives 2004/23/EC and 2004/24/EC regulate quality and security standards connected to donation, acquisition, inspection, storage and distribution of genetic material. Technical requirements, tracking of genetic material, reporting requirements and technical prerequisites on working with it are also regulated.
Nineteen EU countries have laws on assisted reproduction. General laws are in vigor in the remaining ones. Should you wish for more information on legislation in Europe, please just ask us! We will be delighted to advise you on current legislation.