Volume 2007, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0253-8253
  • EISSN: 2227-0426


Assisted reproductive technology (ART), employing in vitro fertilization (IVF) techniques, has been established as the most effective form of treatment for human infertility but despite its potential ART is regarded by many as undermining some important ethical issues and advocates of medical ethics and moralists worldwide have proposed legislative measures to regulate the practice. This paper attempts to explore any possible rules and regulations as well as guidelines to control the ART practice in the Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) countries and surveys the reported compliance. There are fifty, mostly private, IVF licensed centers/ units in the GCC countries, most of which lack proper ART legislation. Certain recommendations are presented here to form a basis for regulating the procedures and for overseeing their implementation in assisted conception units/centers.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
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