Fertility legislation in Greece

Greece’s attractiveness for fertility treatments revealed

Greece has long been a popular destination for Germans, attracting millions of tourists every year. Visitors enjoy relaxing on its beaches, tasting culinary delights and exploring the rich cultural heritage the country has to offer. However, many do not realize that Greece is also a leading destination for fertility treatments, thanks to its progressive and liberal legislation.

In this article, we will explore the Greek legislation surrounding fertility treatments, the benefits of choosing Greece for your fertility journey and how it compares to other countries in Europe. We believe that understanding these factors will help you make an informed decision when considering fertility treatments abroad.

A look into the Greek legislation on fertility treatment.

The legal framework for fertility treatments in Greece was established by Law 3089/2002 on „Medical Assistance in Human Reproduction“ and later by Law 3305/2005 on „Application of the Methods of Medically Assisted Reproduction“. Subsequent amendments have expanded the available treatment options and made Greece a top choice for fertility treatments.

In Greece, cohabiting couples (married or unmarried), single women and female couples are entitled to fertility treatment. The age limit for accessing fertility treatment is 54 years. Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) at the blastocyst stage is permitted, but is subject to certain conditions such as maternal age, history of miscarriages, abnormal karyotype and genetic mutations. Both anonymous and open egg donation are permitted, including for female couples. Surrogacy is permitted under Greek law, whereby women (relatives, friends or strangers) may act as surrogate mothers for couples.

International comparison of fertility laws

What makes Greece a favorable place for fertility treatments? There are several advantages and differences in areas such as pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, treatment for single women and couples, egg donation and surrogacy.

Regarding sperm donors, different countries have different approaches: Belgium, Denmark, France, Portugal and Spain require anonymous donations, while Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, Italy and the United Kingdom do not.

Greece takes a special position here, offering both anonymous and open egg and sperm donation, so couples have all options available to them. If you have any further questions about fertility treatments in Greece, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.

Your fertility experts

The article was provided by the entire team of the Newlife IVF clinic in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Our philosophy at Newlife is that our patients‘ needs and desires are our priority. At Newlife, we strive to provide quality care before and after treatment.

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