Functions of the Council
The general functions of the Reproductive Technology Council are covered in section 14 of the Human Reproductive Technology Act 1991, and in effect set its Terms of Reference.
The main functions of Council are to:
- Formulate and review a Code of Practice to govern the use of artificial fertilisation and storage procedures carried on by licensees;
- Advise the Commissioner of Health on the suitability of applicants, and compliance of licensees with conditions of their licences;
- Make sure that any research carried out by or on behalf of a licensee on eggs, sperm, or participants, has general or specific approval of Council;
- Advise the Minister for Health on matters related to reproductive technology;
- Encourage and facilitate research into the causes and prevention of all types of human infertility and on the social and public health implications of reproductive technology; and
- To promote informed public debate and education on these issues.