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Region Europe
Population 316,252
GDP (millions USD) 20,003
National Policies
Eggs for assisted reproduction ?
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 ?
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 not signed

Key laws and policies

Prohibited practices

The Artificial Fertilisation Act prohibits

  • creating embryos solely for research purposes
  • cloning
  • transplanting human embryos into animals

In addition, Iceland's ratification of the Council of Europe's Convention on Biomedicine and the Additional Protocol Regarding Human Cloning commits it to prohibitions on:

  • PGD for social uses
  • Somatic genetic enhancement
  • Inheritable genetic modification

Permitted and regulated practices

Research on embryos is only permitted for medical reasons as part of an in vitro fertilization treatment (Article 11 of the Artificial Fertilisation Act).