Research on embryos in vitro is allowed if all conditions imposed by this law are fulfilled and more specifically if:
§ 1. The creation of embryos in vitro for research purposes is forbidden, except if the goal of the research cannot be achieved by research on supernumerary embryos and insofar the conditions of this law are respected.
§ 2. Oocyte [ovarian] stimulation is allowed if the women is of age, has given written consent and if the stimulation is scientifically justified.
It is forbidden:
Reproductive cloning of humans is prohibited.
§ 1. Each research project on embryos in vitro should be brought before the local ethics committee of the academic institute that is involved and before the Federal Commission for medical and scientific research on embryos in vitro. …
§ 2. The local ethics committee gives its advice within a period of two months. …
The persons involved, after being appropriately informed, give written consent for the use of their gametes or embryos for research. Consent can only be given after the persons involved have received all necessary information regarding:
the provisions of the law;
the technology to obtain the gametes;
the purpose, method and time period of the research or treatment;
the advice of the local ethics committee, and, if applicable, of the Federal Commission.
The researcher informs the persons involved that they have the right to refuse to donate gametes or embryos for research or treatment and that they can withdraw their consent until the start of the research.
No research is allowed on embryos that already exist on the date of commencement of the law without the consent of the persons involved.
§ 1. A Federal Commission for medical and scientific research on embryos in vitro will be established. …
§ 1. The Federal Commission should:
§ 2. The Commission should evaluate all research projects that are submitted to her.
§ 3. The Commission decides with a two third majority.
§ 4. Every year the Commission reports to the legislative chambers.
Every researcher sends a report on the progress of his/her research to the Commission. This report includes:
Art. 12 Persons who do not send the yearly report will be punished with a fine of 50 to 5000 euro.
Art. 13 Persons who perform acts prohibited in articles 3, 5°, 4, 5 and 6 of this law will be punished with a prison sentence of one to five years and a fine of 1000 to 10000 euro.
Art. 14 Every condemnation for facts mentioned in article 6 may include a prohibition of conducting any medical or research activity during a period of five years.
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