Course description

Course type


Course description

The IVF laboratory is where novel and less novel technologies and methodologies are not always applied with an appropriate validation of efficacy, efficiency, safety or quality. Equipment, culture media, manipulation techniques and screening methods ahave been developed and introduced, but not always on the basis of a sound scientific rationale for human IVF. The introduction of these novel techniques may also occur in the absence of animal testing as proof of safety or pilot clinical studies to indicate the beneficial implications of treatment. The course will review and critically assess those most widespread and significant introductions to the IVF laboratory, whose application does not conform entirely with the criteria of evidence-based medicine and remains controversial.

Course objectives

  • To appreciate the value of evidence-based medicine in human IVF
  • To review and critically assess the most notable examples of technologies and methodologies used in the IVF laboratory where proof of efficacy, efficiency, safety or quality is lacking or insufficient.
  • To improve performance in the IVF laboratory

Target audience

Embryologists, clinicians, andrologists, and scientists working in reproductive medicine

Educational needs and expected outcomes

At the conclusion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Describe the main criteria of evidence-based medicine
  • Recognise and appraise the most controversial technologies and methodologies used in the IVF lab
  • Apply this knowledge to improve performance of the IVF laboratory with the introduction of novel equipment and techniques

Innovative aspects

Evidence-based medicine is increasingly important in human ART. Although clinical questions have been raised in many courses and symposia, implications for embryology have not been specifically addressed in an educational event.

Educational methods

  • Lectures


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.