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Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 1988 (SA) review

In 2009 the South Australian Government introduced significant changes to the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 1988 (SA) (the Act). Changes to the Act came into effect on 1 September 2010. To ensure that those changes were evaluated over time, the Government included a requirement that the operation and effectiveness of the Act be reviewed after the fifth anniversary of the changes to the Act.

2017 review by Associate Professor Sonia Allen

The Minister for Health appointed Associate Professor Sonia Allan, an expert in the regulation of assisted reproductive technologies and donor conception, to conduct a review into the Act.

The review focused upon the operation and effectiveness of the Act in relation to:

 

The Minister for Health appointed Associate Professor Sonia Allan, an expert in the regulation of assisted reproductive technologies and donor conception, to conduct a review into the Act.

The review focused upon the operation and effectiveness of the Act in relation to:

  • the requirement that the welfare of any child born as a consequence of assisted reproductive treatment (ART) is to be treated as being of paramount importance, and accepted as a fundamental principle, in respect of the operation of the Act, as well as in the provision of assisted reproductive treatment
  • the replacement of the previous licensing scheme with a registration scheme for ART clinics
  • the dissolution of the SA Council on Reproductive Technology and its Code of Ethical Clinical Practice
  • amending eligibility for access to ART services-noting that such conditions relate to the circumstances in which, and to whom, ART may be provided
  • allowing for the establishment of a donor conception register; and
  • provisions for record keeping and confidentiality.

Public submissions to the review closed on the 15 April 2016.

Review’s recommendations

Dr Sonia Allan has provided a report on the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 1988 (SA) to the State Government. The report was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday 11 April 2017.

The report includes 47 recommendations regarding the regulation of assisted reproductive treatment in South Australia.

The recommendations will now be considered by the Minister for Health and it is anticipated that the Government response will be provided midyear.

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