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Region Asia
Population 4196453
GDP (millions USD) 24640
National Policies
Eggs for assisted reproduction PROHIBITED
Eggs for research ?
Inheritable genetic modification ?
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis social uses prohibited
Reproductive cloning PROHIBITED
Research cloning PROHIBITED
Sex selection PROHIBITED
International Agreements
2005 UN Cloning Vote abstained
2005 UNESCO Sports Doping Convention not ratified


Key laws and policies

  • IVF is regulated by the Draft Law on Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Code of Medical Ethics, which has been adopted by the Ministry of Health.

Prohibited practices

  • The draft law prohibits:
    • Gamete donation
    • Surrogacy
    • Sex-based embryo selection
    • Embryo manipulation

Violations of the draft law are penalized.

Permitted and regulated practices

Assisted Reproduction

  • Assisted reproductive treatments such as artificial insemination and IVF have been practiced in Lebanon since the early 1980s.
  • Art 30 of the Medical Ethics code states that assisted reproductive treatments are only to be provided to married couples.

Prenatal Diagnosis and Abortion

  • Prenatal diagnoses and selective abortion are only permitted to save the life of the mother.

External links

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, Cairo Office, "Ethics and the Law in Biomedicine and Genetics: An Overview of National Regulations in the Arab States," 2011. Available at http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0021/002152/215207E.pdf (p 51), (accessed 22 February 2015).