New Zealand & Gamete Donation – New Rules Open the Doors But Require Need

This week the New Zealand government is set to approve new guidelines that will allow infertile couples to use both donor eggs and donor sperm if they need to.

The Government Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology has spent the past 18 months consulting with experts and the public in order to draft new guidelines for assisted reproductive technology in New Zealand.

“The new guidelines will allow donated sperm to be used to fertilise donated eggs in a laboratory before the resulting embryos are implanted in a third party.” Up until now, couples that needed to use both donated eggs and sperm had to go abroad for treatment.

“People taking the treatment have to undergo an ethical approval process to make sure they are following the guidelines believed to include things such as not using donated sperm and eggs from people who are closely related.”

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