Lars Hamberger 1939-2021

ESHRE is saddened to learn of the death of Lars Hamberger, emeritus professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and a founding member of the Society. Lars had attended the earliest formative meetings of ESHRE, and had joined the scientific committee for its first annual meeting in Bonn. From 1985 he represented Sweden on ESHRE’s first advisory committee, and in 1987 was elected to the Society’s second (and later third) executive committee.

ESHRE position paper on the revision of the European Union legislation on Blood Tissues and Cells

In 2020, the Commission adopted its Work Programme for 2021 which included a revision of the current Blood, Tissues and Cells (BTC) legislation of the European Union (EU).
ESHRE is actively involved to ensure that the specificities of medically assisted reproduction are considered and the voice of MAR professionals is heard.
To this end, we prepared a position paper that highlights ESHRE’s views on some of the identified shortcomings, in the current legislation and put forward recommendations for consideration in the review process.

Updated ESHRE statements on COVID-19 and ART

COVID-19 infection rates are declining and vaccination rates are rising, but COVID-19 still has a significant impact on ART services. Awaiting sufficient vaccination levels to forego triage and testing or mitigation measures, ESHRE has updated its previous statements incorporating both the variety of available SARS-CoV-2 testing methods and vaccination status.

Drinking alcohol is linked to reduced chances of pregnancy

Human Reproduction Press Release
A study of the associations between drinking alcohol and the chances of becoming pregnant suggests that women who want to conceive should avoid heavy drinking. In the second half of menstrual cycle even moderate drinking is linked to reduced chances of pregnancy.