How does the legislation ensure that proper consent is obtained for the use of excess ART embryos and human eggs and the creation and/or use of other embryos?

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How does the legislation ensure that proper consent is obtained for the use of excess ART embryos and human eggs and the creation and/or use of other embryos?

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The legislation makes it illegal to use an excess ART embryo or human egg or to create or use an embryo for licensed research without consent having been provided, in writing, by all responsible persons. Before consenting, all responsible persons must have been provided with written information describing the proposed research. Before issuing a licence, the NHMRC Embryo Research Licensing Committee must be satisfied that the consent protocols are appropriate and that the donors have appropriate information before them to enable them to make an informed decision about whether to donate the embryo to research. Guidelines also require that counselling is offered and an oral explanation about the proposed research is given.

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