Czech Republic

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Czech Republic
Region Europe
Population 10,381,130
GDP (millions USD) 175,309
National Policies
Eggs for assisted reproduction commercial prohibited
Eggs for research ?
Inheritable genetic modification PROHIBITED
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis social uses prohibited
Reproductive cloning PROHIBITED
Research cloning PROHIBITED
Sex selection "social uses prohibited" is not in the list of possible values (?, PROHIBITED, regulated, Social uses prohibited, no policy) for this property.
Surrogacy no policy
International Agreements
1997 COE Biomedicine Convention RATIFIED
1998 COE Cloning Convention RATIFIED
2005 UN Cloning Vote no
2005 UNESCO Sports Doping Convention RATIFIED
2007 Treaty of Lisbon signed


Key laws and policies

Prohibited practices

The Act on Research on Human Embryonic Stem Cells prohibits

  • the creation of an embryo for purposes other than reproduction
  • human-animal hybrids
  • implanting a human embryo into an animal uterus
  • reproductive cloning

Ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Biomedicine and Human Rights and Additional Protocol on Cloning commits the Czech Republic to prohibit

  • Inheritable genetic modification
  • Reproductive cloning
  • Research cloning
  • Sex selection for social purposes
  • PGD for social purposes
  • Somatic genetic enhancement

Permitted and regulated practices

The Act on Research on Human Embryonic Stem Cells

  • limits PGD to "exclude risks of serious genetically conditioned diseases and defects."
  • limits sex selection to "prevent serious Mendel-type sex-related genetically conditioned diseases that a) are incompatible with the postnatal development of a child, b) significantly shorten the life, c) cause early disablement or other serious health consequences, or d) are untreatable given our present level of knowledge."
  • permits providing eggs for reproductive purposes only without compensation.

There is no law addressing surrogacy.[1]

Regulatory activities

Human embryonic stem cell research requires permission from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport.


  1. American Society for Reproductive Medicine, "IFFS Surveillance 07," Fertility and Sterility (Vol. 87. No. 4, Suppl. 1, April 2007)