The Government has recently issued a decree specifying conditions for medical establishments to conduct assisted reproduction techniques.
The decree says that a medical examination and treatment establishment may perform altruistic gestational surrogacy if it has at least two years’ experience in applying in-vitro fertilization techniques with the number of in-vitro fertilization cycles of at least 1,000 in each year.
A first twin by in-vitro fertilization techniques at the Tu Du Obstetrics Hospital__Photo: Phuong Vy/VNA
The new regulation also lays down specific requirements for in-vitro fertilization lab technicians.
Accordingly, a person who directly performs the in-vitro fertilization techniques must possess a professional practice certificate as prescribed by the law on medical examination and treatment and a diploma or certificate of training in in-vitro fertilization at a domestic or foreign training institution; and has been engaged in at least 20 cases of infertility treatment by in-vitro fertilization techniques.
To be allowed to conduct in-vitro fertilization, a medical examination and treatment establishment must also fully satisfy requirements on physical foundation and equipment. For example, it must possess an emergency and intensive care department, a reproductive endocrinology lab and a separate unit of an area of at least 500 square meters to serve the performance of in-vitro fertilization. In addition, all steps in the in-vitro fertilization process must be carried out in accordance with the World Health Organization’s standards.
The newly issued decree, numbered 98 of 2016, takes effect on July 1 in replacement of Decree No. 10/2015/ND-CP of January 28, 2015- (VLLF)