Legal Implications

shutterstock_174189947-smallThere are legal implications that need to be understood for anyone donating or receiving donated gametes or embryos. Therefore, carefully read the information presented in this section.

Egg Donors Australia and City Fertility Centre encourage all individuals/couples to seek independent legal advice before attending the donor program.

 

Donor:

  • A donor conceived person is entitled to know who their genetic parents are, should they want this information, once they turn the age of 18. Therefore, donors must consent to their identifying information being held by the City Fertility Centre and Victorian / New South Wales Central Register. The information includes all medical and family history, identifying information about the gamete donor and the number and sex of persons conceived using the gametes provided by the same gamete donor. For further information about central registers in Victoria please refer to varta.org.au/donor-conception and in NSW please refer to health.nsw.gov.au/the-central-register
  • Egg donors are free to withdraw from the process up until the egg has been inseminated with sperm.  NOTE: in Victoria for removal of embryos from storage, written consent must be provided by both of the persons who produced the gametes from which the embryos are formed.
  • Donors are entitled to some information about the offspring born. On request, City Fertility Centre can provide non identifying information about live births, gender of the child, number of the children and any abnormalities.
  • In Australia, the donation of reproductive tissue must be altruistic. It is an offence for someone to intentionally give or offer valuable consideration to another person for the supply of a human egg, human sperm or a human embryo. It is also an offence for a person to intentionally receive, or offer to receive, valuable consideration from another person for the supply of a human egg, human sperm or a human embryo. However, this does not include the payment of reasonable expenses incurred by a person in connection with the supply of a human egg, human sperm or a human embryo. Therefore, you will be reimbursed for each suitable egg donation to cover your reasonable expenses.
  • The person conceived using donor gametes, and the donor of gametes, need to be protected from the consequences of having many siblings and offspring, respectively. Each state has different legislation in regards to total family limit. It is City Fertility Centre policy that a donor is able to donate to 5 women in total. Please note there may be more than one child per family.
  • Under Australian legislation, the woman giving birth is the legal mother of any child born. The recipient couple is financially and legally responsible for the child, and they shall have full custodial and parental rights to the child. The donor has no legal rights to the child.

 

Recipient:

  • Recipients are entitled to some information about the gamete donor. Upon request, details can be provided of the past medical and family history, details of the physical characteristics of the gamete donor and the number and sex of persons conceived using gametes donated by the same gamete donor.

 

Child:

  • People conceived using donated gametes are entitled to know their genetic parents, should they want this information once they turn the age of 18. Therefore, donors must consent to release of identifying details at City Fertility Centre.

 

Are you Ready to Become an Egg Donor?

Contact Our Friendly Staff Today!

 

 

Current as at 08.02.2016

 

Make an Enquiry


Please leave this field empty.

I have read and agree to the terms of City Fertility Centre's Privacy Collection Statement and Privacy Policy

Find Your Clinic

The donation of reproductive tissue in Australia must be altruistic; and
All advertisements from Victorians must be approved by the Minister for Health in Victoria in order to comply with the relevant legislative requirements.
This advertisement has been approved under section 41 the Transplantation and Anatomy Act 1979 (QLD) for advertisement in Queensland.