Countries Without Legislation

Countries without any legislation governing PGD include Belgium, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, the Netherlands and Tunisia. However, in four countries (Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands and Tunisia), efforts to establish regulations have been made.

In its attempt to develop guidelines on human embryo research and PGD, the Belgium Committee of Medical Ethics of the National Scientific Research Fund (FGWO-FNRS) has been influenced by the British Warnock commission. Belgium is currently in the process of drafting a law addressing these issues. In the Netherlands, following intense debate, the IVF Committee of the Health Council announced findings that should permit the creation of a law addressing PGD. According to these conclusions, human embryo research should be allowed for major health issues, such as improving IVF or establishing PGD protocols, only if animal models are not suitable. In addition, research should be performed on surplus embryos and eventually on created embryos, if surplus embryos are unavailable. These activities will be under the supervision of a central committee.

Tunisia, a country that continues to be influenced by France because of its historic role as a colonial power in the region, is likely to pass soon a law regulating PGD that closely resembles the existing French one.

In Italy, legislators have not been successful in developing a legal framework to regulate PGD.

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