Health Canada finalizes regulations to better protect Canadians who use reproductive technologies to build their families
OTTAWA, June 26, 2019 /CNW/ - Many Canadians turn to assisted human reproduction procedures to help safely build their families, and they expect to be able to do so safely and with peace of mind.
The regulations also include a new directed donation process that offers more flexibility for recipients who wish to use sperm or ova from a donor whom they know, even if the donor might otherwise be ineligible to donate. This approach recognizes the rights of individuals to make informed decisions in using donor sperm or ova to build their families, and recognizes the important role of the treating physician in assessing the risks and informing the recipient.
Minor updates to the existing consent regulations, which set out the requirements for how consent is provided or withdrawn with respect to the use of human reproductive material, were also made and include the introduction of a record retention requirement.
"The Government of Canada has strengthened regulations that support the Assisted Human Reproduction Act to better protect Canadians who use reproductive technologies. The new regulations will help protect the health and safety of people who use, or are born of, assisted human reproduction. The regulations also provide Canadians—including couples dealing with infertility, single people, and members of the LGBTQ2 community—more flexibility in building their families."
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Administration and Enforcement (Assisted Human Reproduction Act) Regulations
SOURCE Health Canada