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Assisted reproduction rules to be revamped by Health Canada

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The federal government says they will clarify eligible reimbursible expenses for parties involved in surrogacy arrangements and semen and egg donation. CLAUDIO SANTANA/AFP/GettyImages

OTTAWA – The federal government plans to tighten and clarify the regulations dealing with assisted reproduction.

Health Canada is outlining a number of proposed changes to the rules that are part of the 2004 Assisted Human Reproduction Act.

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The act was the subject of a 2010 Supreme Court of Canada ruling, which found some parts fell under provincial jurisdiction, while leaving a number of sections intact.

The court let stand portions concerning the protection of health and safety, enforcement and the reimbursement of donors and surrogates; the new regulations being proposed will bring those sections into force.

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Among other things, they will clarify eligible reimbursible expenses for parties involved in surrogacy arrangements and semen and egg donation.

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They will also update regulations governing the safety of donor semen and move them from the Food and Drugs Act to the assisted reproduction law.