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Gynecol Obstet Fertil. 2012 Aug;40 Suppl 1:28-31. doi: 10.1016/S1297-9589(12)70022-X.

[Legislative and regulatory situation of oocytes donation in France].

[Article in French]

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Centre de Fertilité, Institut Mutualiste Montsouris, Paris, France.


In France, medically assisted procreation (MAP) activities and gamete donation are strictly regulated by the bioethics law. The main ethical principles applied to the donation--no remuneration, anonymity, and the requirement for free and informed consent--aim to protect donors. In the same spirit, since MAP with oocytes donation is recognized as a healthcare activity, receiving couples benefit from exemption from co-payments by the health insurance system. Thus, it is widely accessible to couples presenting medical infertility requiring oocytes from a donor, but availability is insufficient to cover needs. This shortage in supply results in moving the demand abroad where this particular MAP is exercised at varying levels of supervision.

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