New Rules to Allow Freezing Embryos and Eggs for IVF in the UAE
There could be a major change in the UAE health regulations for patients struggling with fertility
24 May 2018
In 2012 the practice of storing frozen embryos in the UAE was banned by the Ministry of Health, following a vote in the Federal National Council, with the exception of some cases. However, after hospitals have urged the government to review the laws on freezing embryos and eggs for IVF in the UAE, the cabinet are now reviewing legislation surrounding fertility treatment in the Emirates.
This could lead to a major change for patients struggling with fertility, as new rules and laws would permit unmarried women and couples to freeze embryos and eggs in the UAE. The cabinet made a decision that will give more options to doctors and patients, after it was recognised that more women are having children later in life and struggling with infertility.
The government still need to outline the exact criteria for potential new laws on fertility treatment for women in the UAE, as some restrictions are still expected to remain in place, particularly for unmarried women.
It is believed that women undergoing medical treatments that would harm their chances of conceiving, such as chemotherapy, would be automatically eligible for egg preservation. Further, unmarried women aged over 35 will also be eligible for the procedure. As, we'll keep you updated on the news surrounding the new laws and what they could mean for freezing embryos and eggs in Dubai and UAE.