ART Guidelines - Ethical Guidelines on the Use of Assisted Reproductive Technology in Clinical Practice and Research - Australian Government


You may be required to comply with this code if you intend to undertake research involving human embryos. To be eligible for a licence to undertake research involving human embryos, you must have appropriate protocols in place to enable proper consent to be obtained before human embryos or eggs are used. These guidelines specify the standard of proper consent.

The Agency will consider the provisions of this code when determining applications for a licence to undertake research involving human embryos.

The guidelines address issues such as counselling, informed decision making, accreditation and approval processes, record keeping, prohibited and unacceptable practices and dissemination of research results.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Administering agency

National Health and Medical Research Council

Embryo Research Licensing Committee

Licensing and Compliance

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.


Mailing address: GPO BOX 1421
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 6217 9000
Phone: 1800 230 583
Fax: 02 6217 9175