The Ethics of Preconception Expanded Carrier Screening in Applicants of Medically Assisted Reproduction


The ESHRE Ethics Committee Writing Group has finalized the draft of a paper entitled: "The Ethics of Preconception Expanded Carrier Screening in Applicants of Medically Assisted Reproduction"

The paper reflects on and provides ethical guidance for a responsible implementation of ECS to MAR applicants. The question to be addressed is:
Is the offer of ECS to all MAR-applicants using their own gametes proportionate, that is to say: do the possible benefits of such screening clearly outweigh the possible harms and disadvantages? If so, for what kinds of disorders and under what conditions?

Deadline stakeholder review has passed. Thank you to everyone who contributed. All comments will be listed in the review report, with a response of the working group. If relevant, the recommendations paper will be altered. If no change is made, the reasons for this will also be recorded. The review report, including a list of all reviewers, will be published on the ESHRE website.

The ESHRE Ethics Committee