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Health Canada

December 09, 2010 13:21 ET

Information Update: Important Information Regarding Semen Donation

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 9, 2010) -Processing and Distribution of Semen for Assisted Conception Regulations.

The safety of donor semen intended for assisted conception is paramount. To this end, Semen Regulations set forth requirements that are aimed at minimizing the potential risk of transmitting infectious agents to mother and child. Donor semen for assisted conception must be processed in accordance with the Semen Regulations and quarantined for a minimum of six months. The donor must be screened and tested before and after the donation in order to minimize the risk of transmission of infectious disease.

Under the Food and Drugs Act, donor semen is considered a drug and as such the distribution, processing and importation of donor semen must be conducted as per all applicable sections of the Food and Drugs Act and the Semen Regulations. The Semen Regulations define assisted conception as a reproductive technique performed on a woman for the purpose of conception, using semen from a donor who is not her spouse or sexual partner.

Health Canada has an effective National Inspection Programme that assesses compliance of semen establishments with the Semen Regulations.

Health Canada recommends that Canadians who would like to donate semen or are considering using donor semen for assisted conception consult their health care professionals. In addition, the following website provides a list of Canadian semen processors and importers: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/compli-conform/info-prod/don/can_semen_est-eta_can_sperme-eng.php

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