The regulation of assisted reproductive technology: a comparative study of permissive and prescriptive laws and policies. Academic Article uri icon


  • A specific statute governing assisted reproduction is one way to regulate assisted reproduction. However, what type of statute is best suited to an area of medicine that is subject to rapid technological advances and also affects human rights and interests? What are the strengths and weaknesses of a permissive model of regulation compared to a prescriptive model of regulation? This article examines the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 (UK) and the Infertility Treatment Act 1995 (Vic) in the context of eligibility for infertility treatment and the roles played by the United Kingdom Human Fertilisation Embryology Authority and the Victorian Infertility Treatment Authority.

publication date

  • January 1, 2002