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13 March 2018

Reproductive Medicine - Permissibility and Limits in Switzerland

On 1 September 2017, the revised law on reproductive medicine and the revised reproductive medicine ordinance came into force in Switzerland. The amended legislation now regulates, in particular, the requirements and the permissibility of preimplantation diagnostics (PID), which has been prohibited to date.


We have elaborated a PDF, which answers the following 21 questions:

  1. What is meant by reproductive technology?
  2. What are preimplantation diagnostics (PID)?
  3. When may reproductive technology be used?
  4. Who may reproductive technology be used for?
  5. Is egg donation permitted in Switzerland?
  6. Is embryo donation permitted in Switzerland?
  7. Is surrogacy permitted in Switzerland?
  8. Who is allowed to use pre-implantation diagnostic methods in Switzerland?
  9. What is considered a severe genetic disease?
  10. For what purposes may the genetic material of reproductive cells be examined?
  11. Under what conditions is it possible to examine the genetic material of embryos in vitro and to select them according to their gender?
  12. How many embryos may be developed?
  13. Can unused embryos be stored?
  14. How long can unused embryos be stored?
  15. What happens to in vitro reproductive cells, impregnated egg cells and embryos after the death of a partner?
  16. Can I freeze my embryos without using a PID?
  17. What happens to these embryos after the maximum storage period?
  18. Do we have to be married for PID?
  19. Who pays the costs of the PID?
  20. What are the limits for PID?
  21. I'm over 40, is PID still allowed in my case?

Please click on the button below to download the Q&A.

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Click here to read this article in german. 

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