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.
Dr Kathleen Logan
Dr Kathleen Logan was first appointed to ACART in April 2015 and in June 2018 was reappointed for a further three years. In April 2018 Kathleen was elected by ACART members to be the new Deputy Chair. We are very pleased to have Kathleen serving as the member responsible for articulating children's interests and we look forward to continuing to work with her over the next three years.
Since September 2018 Kathleen has been the Acting Chair. Kathleen is in this role as the former Chair, Gillian Ferguson, resigned from ACART to meet her other work commitments. The positions of the Chair and Deputy Chair will be confirmed in due course.
Associate Professor Mike Legge
Associate Professor Mike Legge served as a member with expertise in the fields of both human reproductive research and ethics, and as Deputy Chair between February 2015 and April 2018. Mike dedicated a significant amount of his personal time to the Committee’s work, most recently the review of the donation guidelines and the posthumous reproduction guidelines. ACART also advised the Government on the use of cryopreserved ovarian tissue and informed consent in assisted reproduction during his tenure, and he contributed significant expertise to these projects. Mike's expertise and dedication were greatly appreciated by the committee.
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