Course description

Course type


Course description

This course aims to cover the latest developments in the ethical, psychological and social aspects of oocyte donation. There is huge variation on how oocyte donation is perceived and implemented across Europe. This variation is evident in recruitment methods, age limits for donors and recipients, and donor anonymity. While egg donation is still controversial and/or forbidden in some parts of Europe, countries where it is allowed are struggling to meet demand for donor eggs. The course was designed to provide a general overview on all relevant issues related to oocyte donation. These include matters such as cross-border movement of patients and donors, recruitment of donors (including alternative systems such as egg sharing), genetic screening of donors, quality measures for egg banks, and donor anonymity and identifiability. The course will approach two issues in more depth: the organisation of the collection (recruitment) and distribution of donor eggs, and counseling of donors and recipients.

Course objectives

  • To highlight the diversity in perceptions and legal framing of oocyte donation across Europe
  • To analyse the pros and cons of different recruitment systems
  • To be aware of the many ethical and psychological issues involved in the interaction with donors and recipients
  • To take a critical stance towards counseling practices

Target audience

The course is meant for anyone directly or indirectly involved in oocyte donation:paramedical staff, human scientists interested in oocyte donation, gynecologists, psychologists, ethicists and counselors.

Educational needs and expected outcomes

Our Campus course on sperm donation showed that there is considerable interest in matters related to gamete donation. It can be argued that oocyte donation is even more complicated than sperm donation and that a course on its different aspects would be very useful.

Innovative aspects

This is the first Campus course to bring together all considerations related to oocyte donation.

Educational methods

  • Lectures
  • Discussions


The official language of the course is English. 

Certificate of attendance

Participants can only obtain a certificate of attendance after completing the online evaluation. After the course, ESHRE will send an e-mail with the link and more information.