Tuesday, April 11, 2006

China institutes controls on IVF procedures

China's Ministry of Health has imposed a ban on commercial egg donation and supply. Also, interestingly, they now restrict the use of a single sperm donation to use in impregnating no more than five women. Only authorized institutions are allowed to receive donated sperm. As of the end of March, China had 64 institutions that were authorised to offer assisted reproduction related services and seven institutions have established sperm banks.

The restriction on the use of sperm from donors could be reasoned to be concerns over too many offspring from a single donor. The ban on commercial egg donation follows concerns arising worldwide about possible exploitation of women willing to sell their eggs.


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