The Reproductive Technology Council (RTC) has a central role in the regulation of assisted reproductive technology and related research in Western Australia. The RTC was established as part of the Human Reproductive Technology Act 1991 (HRT Act).
The HRT Act regulates all assisted reproductive technology practices in Western Australia (WA). The HRT Act:
- helps promote the safe and beneficial treatment of those who require access to reproductive technology in order to have a child.
- ensures people accessing reproductive technology have adequate counselling and objective information to guide their decision-making.
- ensures that the wider community is kept informed and involved, as the policies relating to the regulation of these technologies continue to evolve.
The HRT Act is administered by the Chief Executive Officer, Department of Health, subject to the Minister for Health. The HRT Act received Royal Assent on 8 October 1991 and came into full operation on 8 April 1993.