Popular vote 2016

The popular vote on the revision of the Reproductive Medicine Act was held on 5 June 2016. The people and the cantons clearly adopted the amendments to the act.

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Factsheet: Amendments to the Reproductive Medicine Act (RMA) in summary (PDF, 114 kB, 08.04.2016)What amendments are contained in the revised Reproductive Medicine Act that we will be voting on on 5 June 2016? (in German)

Factsheet: Assisted reproductive techniques (PDF, 23 kB, 08.04.2016)What do in vitro fertilisation (IVF), pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and aneuploidy screening mean? (in German)


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.

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Legislative projects

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

Parliamentary Motions

Since the Reproductive Medicine Act went into force in 2001, more than 30 parliamentary motions have been submitted on the topic.

Popular vote 2015

The popular vote on the revision of the amendment to the constitutional provision on reproductive medicine and gene technology involving human beings (Article 119 BV) was held on the 14th of June 2015. The people and the cantons clearly adopted the amendments.

Reproductive medicine

In order to fulfil the desire to have a baby, assisted reproductive techniques may be used. The medical possibilities raise complex ethical and legal questions.

Last modification 25.10.2019

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Division of Biomedicine
Biosafety, Human Genetics and Reproductive Medicine Section
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