Defining embryo donation: an Ethics Committee opinion

Fertil Steril. 2016 Jul;106(1):56-58. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2016.03.017. Epub 2016 Mar 18.


Building families through the adoption of children has been supported by human society throughout history. The ethical appropriateness of patients donating embryos to other patients for family building, or for research, is well established and is affirmed by this Committee. The use of the term ''adoption'' for embryos is inaccurate and should be avoided. This document replaces the ASRM Ethics Committee statement by the same name, last published in 2013 (Fertil Steril 2013;99:1846-7).

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Consensus
  • Embryo Disposition / classification*
  • Embryo Disposition / ethics*
  • Embryo Research / ethics*
  • Ethics Committees*
  • Humans
  • Reproductive Medicine / ethics*
  • Terminology as Topic*