Committees

Counselling Committee

Terms of Reference

  • Establishing standards for approval of counsellors as Approved Counsellors,
    as required by the Code of Practice or Directions of the HRT Act for counselling
    within licensed clinics, and for counselling services available in the community.
  • Recommending to the Reproductive Technology Council (Council) those counsellors deemed suitable for Council approval or interim approval, and reconsidering those referred back to the Committee by the Council for further information.
  • Monitoring and reviewing the work of any Approved Counsellor.
  • Convening training programs for counsellors if required.
  • Establishing a process whereby counsellors may have approval withdrawn or may appeal a Council decision.
  • Reporting annually as required by Council for its annual report to the CEO of Health, including information on its own activities and information reported to it
    by Approved Counsellors.
  • Advising and assisting the Council on matters relating to consultation with
    relevant bodies in the community and the promotion of informed public debate in
    the community on issues relating to reproductive technology.
  • Advising the Council on matters relating to access to information held on the IVF
    and Donor Registers.
  • Advising the Council on psychosocial matters relating to reproductive technology
    as the Council may request.

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Embryo Storage Committee

Terms of Reference

  • Make decisions on applications for extension of the periods of storage of embryos on a case by case basis, based on the criteria agreed by Council, and to provide to the next meeting of Council details of all decisions made since the previous meeting.
  • Provide other advice or carry out other functions relating to the storage of embryos, as instructed by Council.

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Licensing and Administration Advisory Committee

Terms of Reference

  • Advise the Council on matters relating to licensing under the HRT Act, including the suitability of applicants and conditions that should be imposed on any licence.
  • Advise the Council generally as to the administration and enforcement of the RT Act, particularly disciplinary matters.
  • Advise the Council as to suitable standards to be set under the HRT Act, including clinical standards.
  • Advise the Council on any other matters relating to licensing, administration
    and enforcement of the HRT Act.

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PGD Committee

Terms of Reference

  • To advise the Reproductive Technology Council (Council) on a suitable framework for the approval of PGD under the Human Reproductive Technology Act 1991(Act) both generally and for specific cases.
  • To advise the Council on factors that it should consider when deciding whether to approve PGD.
  • To advise Council on standards for facilities, staffing and technical procedures.
  • To approve PGD applications for translocations, cystic fibrosis and Huntington’s disease.
  • To advise as to how the ongoing process of approval of PGD should be managed effectively by the Council.
  • To advise the Council on other relevant matters as requested by the Council.

The Committee may consult with relevant experts in the preparation of this advice for the Council including, counselling in relation to PGD with the Counselling Committee.

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Scientific Advisory Committee

Terms of Reference

With the agreement of the Minister for Health as required under s(10)(4) of the HRT
Act this Committee may provide the Reproductive Technology Council with scientific
advice in relation to:

  • Any project of research, embryo diagnostic procedure or innovative practice for which the specific approval of the Council is (or may be) sought.
  • Review of the HRT Act, which is to be carried out as soon as practicable after the expiry of five years from its commencement and any other matter as instructed by the Council.

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