The act on in vitro 2017-06-29T09:15:00+00:00

Law in Poland – the act on in vitro

In Poland, the issues concerning the treatment of infertility and the functioning of assisted reproduction facilities are regulated by the Act of 25 June 2015, which became effective on 1 November 2015. Below we present the summary of the most important assumptions to the Act:

  • The Act on Infertility Treatment has been in force since 1 November 2015 and regulates in particular the issues relating to the use of reproductive cells and embryos. It describes the rules of patient qualification and management with the use of assisted reproductive techniques – insemination, in vitro fertilization, etc.
  • In principle, the Act permits most of the procedures used so far at INVICTA, including freezing of reproductive cells and embryos, anonymous donation and reception, PGD diagnosis.
  • The treatment at the Clinic can be provided to a couple (man and woman) – married or cohabiting. The commencement of any procedure is contingent upon signing the necessary documents and declarations by both spouses/partners.
  • The Act assumes only anonymous donation and reception of reproductive cells (eggs, semen) or embryos. This means that donation for a specified recipient or intra-family donation is not possible. The Ministry of Health – pursuant to the requirements of the Act – keeps the records of reproductive cell and embryo donors for the purposes of the donation other than partner donation, and the records of recipients using this type of treatment. The system guarantees a high level of data safety and security.
  • A couple is qualified to in vitro fertilization after 12-month period of treatment with other methods. The physician can decide on the earlier qualification to the in vitro program if obtaining the pregnancy with other techniques is unlikely.
  • Within the in vitro program, up to 6 egg cells are fertilized on a standard basis; this allows to limit the number of embryos which are not going to be transferred to the patient. The physician may decide on the fertilization of a higher number of eggs, considering the woman’s age (over 35 years of age), presence of a disease concomitant to infertility, or two earlier failures of treatment with the use of in vitro fertilization technique.
  • In the framework of legal regulations, it is allowed to carry out, within the in vitro procedure, PGS/PGD preimplantation diagnosis for medical indications. Prior to the commencement of the treatment, patients qualified to testing should consult a specialist in genetics.
  • It is possible to secure fertility for the future by freezing eggs, semen, ovarian tissue. Qualification to the procedure is performed by a physician.
  • The Act incorporates into the legislation the EU Directives which have been complied with by INVICTA for many years.
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