ACART is established under section 32 of the Human Assisted Reproductive Technology (HART) Act 2004.
ACART’s two key functions are to:
- provide independent advice to the Minister of Health
- issue guidelines and provide advice to the Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ECART) on procedures and research requiring case by case ethical approval.
ACART shall be guided by the following principles.
ACART’s work is guided by the principles of the HART Act:
- the health and well-being of children born as a result of the performance of an assisted reproductive procedure or an established procedure should be an important consideration in all decisions about that procedure
- the human health, safety and dignity of present and future generations should be preserved and promoted
- while all persons are affected by assisted reproductive procedures and established procedures, women, more than men, are directly and significantly affected by their application, and the health and well-being of women must be protected in the use of these procedures
- no assisted reproductive procedure should be performed on an individual and no human reproductive research should be conducted on an individual unless the individual has made an informed choice and given informed consent
- donor offspring should be made aware of their genetic origins and be able to access information about those origins
- the needs, values and beliefs of Māori should be considered and treated with respect
- the different ethical, spiritual, and cultural perspectives in society should be considered and treated with respect.
On 22 June 2017, Alison Douglass, who is the chair of the committee, will complete her term with the committee having served the maximum allowable six years.
On 23 June 2017, Gillian Ferguson, currently the member of the committee with a consumer perspective, will become the chair for a three year term ending on 22 June 2020. Further biographical information about Gillian is on the ACART website
On 23 June 2017, Colin Gavaghan will join the committee as the member with expertise in legal matters and his term will run to 22 June 2020. Further biographical information about Colin will be added to the ACART website on or shortly after 23 June.
In this section
- Members of ACART are appointed by the Minister of Health and represent a broad range of disciplines and perspectives. Members bring expertise in assisted reproductive procedures, human reproductive research, ethics, law, Māori values and practice, and children and consumer advocacy. – Read more
- These terms of reference outline the role and functions of ACART – Read more
- This page illustrates the process a clinic follows when determining whether they can offer infertility treatments. – Read more
- This section has information about ACART's statutory requirement and terms of reference, limitations, monitoring the application and health outcomes of ARPs and EPs – Read more
- The Secretariat is employed by the Ministry of Health to provide policy and administrative support to ACART. The current Secretariat staff are: – Read more