Database of Licences authorising the use of excess ART embryos

The Embryo Research Licensing Committee of the NHMRC (NHMRC Licensing Committee) is required by section 29 of the Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 to maintain a public database containing the following information in relation to each licence authorising the use of excess ART embryos:

  • the name of the person to whom the licence was issued;
  • a short statement about the nature of the uses of excess ART embryos that are authorised by the licence;
  • any conditions to which the licence is subject;
  • the number of excess ART embryos in respect of which use is authorised by the licence;
  • the date on which the licence was issued; and
  • the period throughout which the licence is to remain in force.

Information made public must not be such as to disclose confidential commercial information.

Licence Conditions

Licences issued by the NHMRC Licensing Committee for the use of excess Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) embryos or human eggs or the creation and/or use of other embryos are subject to conditions. Licences are also subject to the provisions of the Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 and the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction Act 2002. The sections below describe Standard and Special Licence conditions.

Standard Conditions

Standard Conditions apply to all licences unless a particular Standard Condition is specifically excluded by the Special Conditions for a particular licence.

Special Conditions

Special licence conditions relate to a particular licence and include conditions about the number of excess ART embryos or eggs authorised for use, the number of other embryos authorised to be created or used, the people authorised to create and/or use them and the authorised sites, as well as any other special conditions determined by the NHMRC Licensing Committee.

See the table below for details on the Licenses, including the Special Conditions.

Current Licences issued under s.21 of the Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002

Licence No

Organisation

Licence Title

Date of issue

Status

Genea Limited

Development of Methods for Preimplantation Genetic and Metabolic Evaluation of Human Embryos

16 April 2004

Current to 16 April 2017

Genea Limited

Development of Human Embryonic Stem (ES) Cells

16 April 2004

Current to 16 April 2017

Genea Limited Derivation of human embryonic stem cells from embryos identified through preimplantation genetic diagnosis to be affected by known serious monogenic conditions 7 May 2007 Current to 7 May 2019
Genea Limited Use of excess ART embryos and clinically unusable eggs for validation of an IVF device 8 December 2011 Current to 8 December 2018
Genea Limited Use of excess ART embryos for the development of improved IVF culture media 28 March 2012 Current to 28 March 2018
Monash IVF Pty Ltd Optimising embryo-endometrial interactions to improve pregnancy success during IVF 11 December 2013 Current to 11 December 2016
Melbourne IVF Pty Ltd Use of excess ART embryos for blastocyst-stage biopsy training 19 December 2014 Current to 19 December 2017

Expired Licences

LICENCE NO ORGANISATION LICENCE TITLE DATE OF ISSUE STATUS
Monash IVF

Use of excess ART embryos for training in embryo biopsy

11 March 2005 Expired
Sydney IVF Improvement in laboratory conditions for embryo culture 16 April 2004 Expired
Sydney IVF Effect of an additive on embryo culture: analysis of growth and epigenetic programming 16 April 2004 Expired
Melbourne IVF Pty Ltd Development of testing procedures for unbalanced chromosome errors in human embryos 16 April 2004 Expired
Genea Limited Reproducible production of human embryonic stem cell lines from somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) of nuclei from human cumulus cells into clinically unusable human eggs. 16 September 2008 Expired
Genea Limited Reproducible production of human embryonic stem cell lines from somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) of nuclei from adult human fibroblasts into clinically unusable human eggs. 16 September 2008 Expired
Genea Limited Reproducible production of human embryonic stem cell lines from somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) of nuclei from previously established human embryonic stem cell lines into clinically unusable human eggs. 16 September 2008 Expired
Monash University Derivation of embryonic stem cell lines from the human embryo 21 December 2004 Expired
IVF Australia Pty Ltd A collaborative project between IVF Australia and the Diabetes Transplant Unit, Prince of Wales Hospital to derive human embryonic stem cell lines for the treatment of diabetes 5 November 2004 Expired
Melbourne IVF Pty Ltd A collaborative project between Melbourne IVF Pty Ltd and Stem Cell Sciences Pty Ltd to derive human embryonic stem cell lines 11 June 2004 Expired
Fertility Australia Trust trading as Fertility East Assisted Conception Clinic and Monash Institute of Medical Research Production of human embryonic stem cell lines from parthenogenetic activation of matured human eggs obtained from clinically unusable human eggs 29 June 2011 Expired
Fertility Australia Trust trading as Fertility East Assisted Conception Clinic and Division of Biological Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Monash University Production of human embryonic stem cell lines from parthenogenetic activation of human eggs obtained from ovaries removed prophylactically from women at risk for developing cancer 15 July 2013 Expired