This section of the site contains a comprehensive range of topics relevant to research involving human embryos and the prohibition of human cloning.
Policy and guidance
Information Guides, Frequently Asked Questions, information about the legislation and useful links.
Licensing and compliance
The NHMRC assesses applications for licences to use human excess ART embryos for research. NHMRC inspectors are appointed to monitor licence holder activities and ensure prohibited practices under the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction Act 2002 are not being conducted in Australia.
Answers to questions about the regulation of research involving human embryos, and cloning and other prohibited practices.
Stem cells, cloning and related issues
An overview of stem cells, the regulation of human embryo research and the prohibition of human cloning for reproduction in Australia.
NHMRC Embryo Research Licensing Committee
The NHMRC Embryo Research Licensing Committee, established by the Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002, oversees the national regulatory system prescribed by the Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 and the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction Act 2002.
Publications and Reports
The NHMRC Licensing Committee provides biannual reports to the Commonwealth Parliament on or before 30 June and 31 December each year, and at any other time as required by Parliament. The reports include information about both the operation of the Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 and licences issued under the Act.
Legislative review 2005
Information about the 2005 review of the legislation prohibiting human cloning for reproduction and regulating human embryo research.
Legislative review 2011
Information about the 2011 review of the legislation prohibiting human cloning for reproduction and regulating human embryo research.