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Guidelines on Surrogacy Arrangements involving Assisted Reproductive Procedures

These guidelines set out what ECART must determine and take into account when considering an application for a surrogacy involving an assisted reproductive procedure. Surrogacy involves a woman agreeing to carry a child for another couple on the basis that she will pass the child to them to raise from birth*.

The surrogacy guidelines have been amended and renamed, coming into effect on 16 December 2013. The guidelines now enable single men and male couples to apply to ECART to use surrogacy with an assisted reproductive procedure.


* Definition from the report of the Ministerial Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technologies, Assisted Human Reproduction: Navigating our Future , Wellington, 1994, paragraph 7.2.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication
    16 December 2013
  • Ordering Information:
    Only soft copy available to download