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Region Europe
Population 2,270,700
GDP (millions USD) 27,341
National Policies
Eggs for assisted reproduction permitted
Eggs for research permitted
Inheritable genetic modification ?
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis ?
Reproductive cloning PROHIBITED
Research cloning PROHIBITED
Sex selection "social uses prohibited" is not in the list of possible values (?, PROHIBITED, regulated, Social uses prohibited, no policy) for this property.
International Agreements
1997 COE Biomedicine Convention signed
1998 COE Cloning Convention signed
2005 UN Cloning Vote no
2005 UNESCO Sports Doping Convention RATIFIED
2007 Treaty of Lisbon RATIFIED


Key laws and policies

  • Law on Sexual and Reproductive Health (Word document) (Seksuālās un reproduktīvās veselības likums, July 2002, amended 2004)

Prohibited practices

Articles 15 and 16 of the Law on Sexual and Reproductive Health prohibit:

  • Reproductive cloning
  • The creation of human embryos for research purposes
  • Social sex selection
  • Commercial uses of gametes and embryos

Surrogacy is prohibited.[1]

Permitted and regulated practices

Gamete donation is regulated, but the law does not mention compensation from private parties.


  1. American Society for Reproductive Medicine, "IFFS Surveillance 07," Fertility and Sterility (Vol. 87. No. 4, Suppl. 1, April 2007)