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Region Europe
Population 38518241
GDP (millions USD) 420,284
National Policies
Eggs for assisted reproduction ?
Eggs for research ?
Inheritable genetic modification PROHIBITED
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis ?
Reproductive cloning PROHIBITED
Research cloning PROHIBITED
Sex selection ?
International Agreements
1997 COE Biomedicine Convention signed
1998 COE Cloning Convention signed
2005 UN Cloning Vote YES
2005 UNESCO Sports Doping Convention RATIFIED
2007 Treaty of Lisbon RATIFIED


Key laws and policies

  • Act on Family Planning, Human Embryo Protection and Conditions of Legal Pregnancy Termination (January 1993)
  • Act on the Medical Profession (Dz. U. z 2002 r. Nr 21 poz. 204 z pó˚n. zm.) (December 5, 1996)
  • The Health Care Institutions Act of April 15, 2011

Foundational values

"The right to life enjoys protection, including the pre-natal phase, within limits specified in the Act" (Article 1 of the Act on Family Planning, Human Embryo Protection and Conditions of Legal Pregnancy Termination).

Prohibited practices

The following acts are prohibited:

  • Research using embryos
  • Research using cell products derived from embryos
  • Surrogacy
  • Cloning is prohibited implicitly and specifically by the Code of Ethics for physicians.

Note: Surrogacy arrangements are contrary to the general principles of the Polish law concerning filiation. They are considered null and void under Art. 58 of the Polish Civil Code.


There have been attempts to regulate the in vitro methods but none of the draft proposals gained sufficient support.

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