Public Consultation on IVF Legislation: 28% success rate in Malta

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Public Consultation opened on IVF Legislation: 28% success rate in MaltaIn the last 30 months, (January 2013 – June 2015), 411 in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) / intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) cycles have been carried out in Malta, 81 cycles of which have been carried out in the new IVF clinic within Mater Dei Hospital since starting its operations in January 2015.

The Ministry of Health said today that in total, 116 viable pregnancies have resulted from these cycles – an overall success rate of 28% which compares well to the latest figure published by the UK Human Fertilisation & Embryo Authority (HFEA) – 25% in 2011.

The Government said that it is now looking forward to evaluate the current IVF legislation within the context of outcomes of current regulations, new local legislation involving various sectors of the Maltese community as well as recent judgements of the European Court Of Human Rights.

An Inter-Ministerial IVF Review Working Committee has been set up and is made up of professionals from the Ministry of Energy and Health, the Ministry for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties and the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government.

As part of this review process, the committee invites all concerned stakeholders and the general public to submit their contributions and suggestions toward this evaluation of the IVF legal framework.

Feedback is to be made either by:

Filling the online form or

Email on ivf-evaluation@gov.mt; or

Mail addressed to IVF Legislation Review Working Committee, Ministry for Energy and Health, 15 Palazzo Castellania, Merchants Street, Valletta by not later than 10th August 2015.

Requests for meetings with interested organisations will only be accepted till the 4th August 2015.

Photo: Parliamentary Secretary for Health Chris Fearne viewing the facilities at Mater Dei when they opened in January

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