The area of human assisted reproductive technology advances at an astonishing rate. While these technologies offer many potential benefits for infertile couples, there are also uncertainties, risks, and unknowns.

Against this backdrop, the Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ACART) has been established to formulate policy and advice specific to New Zealand within this controversial field. Read more about ACART.

Posthumous Reproduction consultation

We are seeking public feedback on significant policy issues about whether and in what circumstances posthumous reproduction is acceptable. This consultation also raises important ethical questions about the retrieval and use of gametes from a person who is no longer able to consent. We also raise issues about who should be able to authorise the retrieval and use of gametes, and how any regulatory mechanism might operate.

The closing date for feedback is 3 September 2018.

Read the consultation document and find out how to have your say at Posthumous Reproduction: A review of the current Guidelines for the Storage, Use, and Disposal of Sperm from a Deceased Man to take into account gametes and embryos.

Read the news article at Posthumous reproduction consultation launched.