Reproductive medicine

If conception cannot be achieved by natural means, medically assisted reproduction treatment can be sought in 25 to 30 fertility centres in Switzerland. The legal framework regulating access to these treatments is stipulated in the Reproductive Medicine Act, which came into force on 1 January 2001 at the same time as the Ordinance of the same name.

Spermien bei der Befruchtung einer Eizelle
Ovule and sperms

The Reproduction Medicine Act (RMA) and the ordinance of the same name (RMO) have been in force since January 2001.

The Reproductive Medicine Act (RMA) came into force on January 1st 2001, at the same time as the Ordinance of the same name (RMO).The cantons are responsible for implementing and enforcing the legal provisions. There are, however, two exceptions:

The Federal Statistical Office is responsible for the regular statistical analysis and anonymised publication of the Swiss data on activities relating to reproductive medicine and their outcome.

The register that contains the data related to births following assisted reproductive methods involving donated sperm, is kept by the Federal Civil Status Office (FCSO).

Legislation

Reproductive medicine legislation

The Federal Act of 18 December 1998 on Medically Assisted Reproduction lays down the conditions under which the methods of medically assisted reproduction may be used.

Further information

Legislative projects

The Federal Office of Public Health is responsible for the legal work related to reproductive medicine.

Expert opinions

Expert opinions on issues with regard to the Reproductive Medicine Regulation

Frequently asked questions

In Switzerland, reproductive procedures are permitted only if their goal is to overcome a couple’s infertility if other treatment methods have failed or are hopeless, or if there is no other way to avoid the risk of transmitting a serious, incurable disease to the progeny.

Last modification 30.10.2018

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Contact

Federal Office of Public Health FOPH
Division of Biomedicine
Biosafety, Human Genetics and Reproductive Medicine Section
Schwarzenburgstrasse 157
3003 Berne
Switzerland
Tel. +41 58 463 51 54
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