Cross-border fertility care--International Committee Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies global survey: 2006 data and estimates.
ABSTRACT To collect data on the prevalence and reasons for cross-border fertility care (CBFC).
Retrospective survey conducted by the International Committee Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies.
Forty-nine countries who have previously participated with the International Committee Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies.
Number of CBFC patients per country.
Number of CBFC patients and reason for travel.
The majority of replies were comprised of estimates for incoming and outgoing patients having CBFC. The main reasons for leaving a home country for CBFC included treatment anonymity and legality issues, whereas incoming patients most often traveled due to efficacy and access.
Few countries are able to quantify numbers of patients having CBFC, although our data suggest that incoming treatment seekers are more easily numerated due to clinic registration procedures. Standardization of data collection and creation of national databases are needed to collect quantitative information that will help reproductive caregivers to provide support for patients having CBFC.
Article: Cross-border reproductive services--suggestions for ethically based minimum standards of care in Europe.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Cross-border reproductive services (CBRS) is a phenomenon discussed worldwide. The major challenges associated with CBRS are the lack of data on the number of patients travelling for treatment and lack of transparency regarding the quality and safety of treatment procedures, especially in countries that have not yet introduced legislation or binding professional guidelines. This has given rise to practices that range from dubious to irresponsible treatment. Given that pan-European (let alone globally encompassing) legislation or guidelines are unlikely to appear quickly if at all, the authors suggest the implementation of ethically based minimum standards of care to which clinics and service providers can adhere on a voluntary basis. Such minimum standards of care can result in providing infertility treatment that is transparent, accountable and carried out responsibly for all parties involved.Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology 03/2012; 33(1):1-6. · 1.39 Impact Factor