Welcome to the Reproductive Technology Council

The Reproductive Technology Council (Council) has a central role in the regulation of assisted reproductive technology and related research in Western Australia. The Council was established as part of the Human Reproductive Technology Act 1991 (Act).

The Act regulates all assisted reproductive technology practices in Western Australia (WA). The preamble to the Act sets out Parliament’s intentions when the Act was established. In summary, these are:

  • to give help and encouragement to eligible people who wish to be parents.
  • to assist people who are not able to conceive children naturally due to medical reasons, or whose children are likely to be affected by genetic abnormality or disease, to have children.
  • to encourage research, but not to approve the creation of a human embryo that is not intended to be implanted in the body of a woman.

The Act is administered by the Chief Executive Officer, Department of Health, subject to the Minister for Health. The Act received Royal Assent on 8 October 1991 and came into full operation on 8 April 1993.

Functions of the Council

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