Key laws and policies
- Ethics Opinion No. 1 (12 Dec. 1996)
- Medically Assisted Procreation Decree No. 2003-1027 (28 April 2003)
- National Medical Ethics Committee, Opinion No. 3 (1997)
In Tunisia, ART activities are governed by the Tunisian National Committee on Medical Ethics.
- The National Medical Ethics Committee banned human cloning because it deemed cloning to undermine the field of human reproduction and the dignity of the human species while opening the door to all forms of abuse.
- Tunisia is a Muslim nation (98%), with a progressive reproductive health policy and framework that permit certain procedures, while also adhering to Islamic views.
- Embryo selection based on sex
- Sperm, gamete, and embryo donation
- Financial compensation for donors
- Reproductive cloning
- research on embryos
Permitted and regulated practices
- HLA typing for genetic diseases
- Prenatal diagnosis
- Selective abortion (with both spouses’ consent and performed for strictly therapeutic purposes)
- Embryos and gametes may only be preserved for reproductive purposes (the written consent of both spouses is required).
- Ministry of Public Health Decree 2003-1027 on Medically Assisted Reproduction: http://www.atds.org.tn/decret1027-2003.pdf
- National Committee on Medical Ethics Opinion No. 1: http://www.comiteethique.rns.tn/ethique/avis/avis1.pdf
- 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, (accessed 23 February 2015).