The Greek Law on Oocyte Donation

If you are interested in having an IVF treatment in Greece, below you will find a few helpful information you need to know as a couple.
The Greek legal framework for assisted reproduction services is one of the most progressive worldwide, establishing Greece as an ideal destination for women from abroad seeking treatment not available in their own country. Recent Greek legislation assists women to realize their dream of having a baby, using own oocytes, donor oocytes, own semen or semen donation, until the age of 50 for women and without age limit for men.

The Greek law on the application of assisted reproduction techniques (Law 3305/2005) was issued on January the 27th of 2005. The Greek legislation regarding medically assisted reproduction is one of the most advanced in Europe. It secures and protects couples who wish to conceive covering medical and biological issues and determining bioethical principles. The main concern is that all methods of assisted reproduction are to the best interest of the child to be born.

One of the main principles of the existing legislation is that assisted reproduction methods are fully legal and permitted for women up to 50 years of age, since this is considered to be the upper limit of natural reproductive capacity, thus no clinic in Greece is licensed / authorized to treat patients over the age limit of 50 years.

Main principles of the existing legislation:
– Assisted reproduction methods are fully legal and permitted for women up to 50 years of age, since this is considered to be the upper limit of natural reproductive capacity.
– Oocyte and sperm donation is allowed, however with the written consent of the wife/ husband or partner.
– Preimplantation genetic diagnosis is allowed upon consent of partners in order to diagnose whether embryos demonstrate genetic malformations.
– Selection of gender is prohibited.
– Cloning for reproductive purposes is prohibited.
– Cryopreservation of genetic material or fertilized oocyte is permitted.
– Upper age limits are set for sperm donors (younger than 40 years) and oocyte donors (younger than 35 years).
– Single women and unmarried couples may have children through assisted reproduction but in both cases a notarial deed is required.
– Donors must undergo clinical and laboratory tests and shall not be accepted if suffering hereditary, genetic or contagious diseases.
– The use of fresh sperm from a third donor is prohibited.
– Use of frozen sperm from a donor is only permitted.