Licence to Use Excess Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Embryos - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to use excess assisted reproductive Technology (ART) embryos, or human eggs, and creations or uses of other embryos.

An ART embryo is one created by ART for the use in the ART treatment of a woman, determined in writing by the woman and her spouse if any at the time the embryo was created, as excess to their needs.

You will also require this licence if you intend to conduct certain research or training involving fertilisation of a human egg by a human sperm, or fertilisation of an animal egg with a human sperm for the purpose of testing sperm quality.

It is an offence to use an excess ART embryo unless you hold a licence or it classes as an exempt use.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.


Exempt uses of ART embryos, or human eggs, and creations or uses of other embryos, include:

  • storage, removal, transport and observation of an excess ART embryo
  • allowing an excess ART embryo to succumb
  • diagnostic investigations on an excess ART embryo (where biologically unfit for implantation)
  • using an excess ART embryo in the ART treatment in a woman other than the woman for whom the excess ART embryos was created.

Eligibility requirements

Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements or see the attached application kit.


As specified on the licence.



No fees are required.

Administering agency

Licensing and Compliance

Act(s) name

Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Research Involving Human Embryos Regulations 2003 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Licensing and Compliance

Mailing address:
GPO BOX 1421
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601


02 62179000




02 62179175

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