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Monday, 2 December 2002
Page: 6873


Senator PATTERSON (Minister for Health and Ageing) (5:40 PM) — There must be a licence for the use of excess ART embryos, unless there is an exempt use. Exempt use is a current ART clinical practice which COAG agreed would not form part of this legislation but would continue to be governed by RTAC. As I mentioned before, there are four strict criteria that have to be met. Firstly, the embryo must be excess. Secondly, it must be undertaken within an RTAC accredited ART clinic. Thirdly, it must be for diagnostic testing. Fourthly, it must be for the treatment of the woman for whom the embryo was created. As I indicated before—and COAG agreed to this— this exemption should be overseen by RTAC and supported by legislation if the states consider this to be necessary.