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2011 National Report of the Assisted Reproductive Technology Summary in Taiwan

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The Artificial Reproduction Act (ARA) was promulgated and implemented on March 21, 2007 and aimed to perfect the development of assisted reproduction technology and to safeguard the rights of infertile couples, children born under assisted reproduction and donors, as well as to uphold public ethics and health. According to Article 27 of the ARA, artificial reproduction institutions are obliged to report relevant information regarding the number of patients undergoing treatment, success rates, causes of infertility, and the assisted reproduction technology adopted. The competent authority shall establish an assisted reproduction database and periodically conduct statistical analyses as well as publish updated data accordingly.

Laws and regulations governing the management of the practices and database of assisted reproduction in Taiwan region have been prescribed continually since 1995. In early 1998, a total of 48 artificial reproduction institutions were established in Taiwan; by June 2013, the number of licensed medical institutions had reached 73 totally. In accordance with the provisions of the Artificial Reproduction Act, these medical institutions are required to apply for approval from the competent authority before engaging in assisted reproduction treatment practices and the acceptance, storage, or provision of reproductive cell donations. In order to maintain the quality of assisted reproduction technology performed in medical institutions, the Bureau of Health Promotion has regularly conducted permit reviews on all licensed artificial reproduction institutions.

This report focuses on the statistical analysis for cases that had been treated in the 70 artificial reproduction institutions in Taiwan (2011). Chapter 1 briefly introduces the assisted reproduction methods and treatment cycles. Chapter 2 presents the statistics for all cycles of treatment, including data for assisted reproduction using fresh nondonor eggs, sperm or embryos and data about the egg/sperm recipients. Chapter 3 conducts an analysis of assisted reproduction using fresh nondonor eggs, sperm or embryos. In order to present the diverse implications of the collected data, this chapter was divided into various sections based on all types of cycles performed on married couples, In Vitro Fertilization (or IVF for short) and fresh nondonor eggs embryo transfer techniques independently performed on married couples, and the transfer of frozen embryos on married couples. Chapter 4 shows the analysis for the age, acceptance rate, and live birth rate of women who accepted donor eggs in assisted reproduction treatment. Chapter 5 presents an analysis of the trends in the practice during the period of 1998 to 2011.

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