Regulation of assisted reproduction under the European Union tissues and cells directives

Published on August 31, 2015   33 min
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EDGAR MOCANU: I'm Edgar Mocanu, consultant obstetrician and gynecologist at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin. I'm also the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology EU TCD task force coordinator. I'll be talking about the regulation of assisted reproduction under the European tissue and cell directors.
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I will specifically address the objectives of introducing regulation in this field and dissect the three directives, which have been transposed into law in European countries. I would like to describe the specific implications for member states, for tissue establishments, and for competent authorities.
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From the beginning, I would like to acknowledge that ART services have no country or continental borders at present. Both patients and reproductive materials like gametes, embryos, and frozen issues liberally cross borders, as do individuals that can act both as recipients or donors. This makes the regulation and quality assurance of reproductive tourism a significant task.
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From this perspective, the European Commission has introduced the directives in order to set standards of quality and safety for human tissues and cells intended for human medical treatments and to ensure a high level of protection of human health.
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While the directives apply to hermatopoetic peripheral blood, umbilical cord blood, bone marrow stem cells, fetal tissues and cells, embryonic stem cells, I'll specifically focus on reproductive cells in my talk.
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The European tissue and cell directives specifically deal with the donation, procurement, processing, preservation, storage, and distribution of human tissues and cells.
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