How do I import/export my eggs, sperm or embryos?
You’ll need to find a GB or NI licensed fertility clinic (if you don’t already have one) to ensure your eggs, sperm or embryos are moved safely. There are strict requirements for importing/exporting and your clinic will need to be happy those requirements have been met before they allow your eggs, sperm or embryos to be moved.
As a result of the United Kingdom (UK) leaving the European Union (EU) different import/export rules apply based on whether your clinic is in GB or in NI.
If your clinic is in GB and is importing your gametes or embryos from a country outside the UK, including from a country in the EU/EEA, the import must be authorised by the importing tissue establishment (ITE) import certificate held by the clinic. If you are moving gametes or embryos from a clinic in NI to one in GB, ITE import certificate authorisation is not required.
If your clinic is in NI, ITE import certificate authorisation is not required for imports of gametes and embryos from EU/EEA countries. ITE import certificate authorisation is however required for imports from all other countries outside of the EU/EEA including GB.
View our requirements on importing/exporting in our Code of Practice.
View our requirements on import and export in General Direction 0006 (Great Britain) and General Direction 0006 (Northern Ireland).
Please note that not every fertility clinic offers import and export services, and that clinics providing import and export services may charge for it. Search for licensed fertility clinics here: Choose a clinic