Health Canada seeks feedback on modernizing fertility act

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(CBC News) — Health Canada is inviting people to comment on its proposed changes to reimbursing egg donors, and surrogates as well as other updates of its assisted reproduction regulation.

Health Canada said July 12 that it wants to strengthen the 2004 Assisted Human Reproduction Act by writing regulations to:

  • Reduce the risks to human health and safety from using donor sperm and eggs (ova), including the risk of transmitting disease.
  • Make clear what expenses may be reimbursed to donors and surrogates.
  • Allow the regulator to appoint inspectors who will manage and enforce the act.
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