Announcement of the National Authority of Medically Assisted Reproduction concerning the establishment of a plan of the Expert Code of Conduct.

The current Code of Conduct consists a logical systematic recording of rules in the frame of Medically Assisted Reproduction.  In Chapter 1 article 1 the term Medically Assisted Reproduction is defined. In article 2 the methods and forms of IVF are defined. Article 3 refers to the respect of rights taking into account first of all the best interest of the child to be born. Article 4 refers to the limits of Assistance (eg age limit). Article 5 refers to Information- the assisted person is informed by the IVF Units on the duration of the fertility treatment, possible sideffects as well as social, ethical law psycosocial and economical consequences of the procedure. Article 6 refers to the consent given by the assisted person. All medical procedures concerning the Assisted Medical Reproduction are only applied after having the written consent of the people wishing to have a child, in case of not being married or consent after death there should be a notary document. Chapter 2 refers to the more specific obligation as far as preimplantation genetic diagnosis is concerned. Article 7 Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis –General principles to have a diagnosis as to whether the fertilized eggs are carriers of genetic abnormalities so as not to be transported.

Article 8 IVF Units -Labs- They should have special license by criteria established by the Authority and are valid internationally. Chapter 3 is about donorship and surrogate motherhood. Article 9 refers to the fact that the disposal of gametes is prohibited with a return to the donor. Article 10 is about Evaluation and recording of donors. Article 11 highlights that the transport of genetic material is done solely via IVF Units and CBs that have received special authorization by the National Authority. Article 12 refers to the minimization of multipregnancies. Chapter 5 refers to function organization. Article 13 refers to research and training. Generally research can only be conducted after permission of the National Authority with the consent of Bioethics Committee. Article 14 is about Research that does not lead to pregnancy. It is taking place so as to expand the knowledge on human reproduction, to improve diagnostic and therapeutical methods of infertility and to face the causes of miscarriage. Article 15 is about Research that leads to pregnancy. The aim is to acquire important knowledge relating to successful implantation of the fertilized egg and giving birth to a healthy child. Article 16 Personnel and training. Article 17 file keeping and obligation. Article 18 Confidentiality and privacy. Article 19 refers to transfer- United European Code. Article 20 refers to traceability. Article 21 refers to the duration of Cryopreservation. In article 22 advice to assisted people can be found. Article 23 refers to patients treatment-mutual trust and respect. In chapter 8 article 24 advertisement limitation and prohibition can be found. In chapter 9 articles 25 and 26   there is a reference to obligations of IVF Units and CBs and sanctions imposed by the National Authority of Medically Assisted Reproduction.