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


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.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Trust, Co-operative, Incorporated Association, Other

No fees are required.

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