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Taiwan (Republic of China)
Region Asia
Population 22911000
GDP (millions USD) 383,307
National Policies
Eggs for assisted reproduction commercial allowed
Eggs for research commercial allowed
Inheritable genetic modification ?
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis ?
Reproductive cloning PROHIBITED
Research cloning PROHIBITED
Sex selection ?
International Agreements
1997 COE Biomedicine Convention not signed
1998 COE Cloning Convention not signed
2005 UN Cloning Vote n/a
2005 UNESCO Sports Doping Convention not ratified
2007 Treaty of Lisbon not signed


Key laws and policies

  • Artificial Reproduction Act 2007

Available at http://www.hpa.gov.tw/English/file/ContentFile/200901191011149200/Artificial%20Reproduction%20Act.pdf (accessed 23 February 2015).

Prohibited practices


  • The law specifically excludes single people, homosexuals, and non-traditional arrangements.
  • The following are prohibited acts:
    • Using reproductive cells or embryos provided exclusively for research purposes.
    • Creating a human embryo other than by fertilisation.
    • Selection of the embryo's sex. This restriction shall not apply, however,

when there is a reason connected with hereditary disease.

    • Mutual donation of sperm and oocytes.
    • Using embryo cultured in vitro for more than seven days.
    • Implantation of more than five embryos at a time.
    • Using of mixed semen.
    • Using of donated reproductive cells imported from outside the country.


  • Surrogacy is prohibited.[1]


  • Research cloning is prohibited by a general prohibition on the production of embryos specifically for research.[2]

Permitted and regulated practices


  • Marriage is required to receive fertility treatments.
  • Couples using assisted reproduction must sign an agreement beforehand stating that should one die or if they divorce, the eggs or sperm collected will be destroyed.


  • Donors can be known or anonymous.
  • At a minimum, information about the donor's name, address, national ID card number

or passport number, date of birth, height, body weight, blood type, skin color, hair color, and ethnicity will be collected.

  • When the child reaches adulthood and is to marry, the child will be able to request that the Bureau of Health Promotion (BHP) check the records against the proposed spouse to make sure the couple is not close relatives.
  • An individual’s eggs or sperm must be used to produce only one child, and are destroyed after successful delivery of a child conceived of that individual’s donation.
  • Sperm and ovum donors agree to donate without compensation (Art 8).


  1. American Society for Reproductive Medicine, "IFFS Surveillance 07," Fertility and Sterility (Vol. 87. No. 4, Suppl. 1, April 2007)
  2. Survey on opinions from National Ethics Committees or similar bodies, public debate and national legislation in relation to human embryonic stem cell research and use, July 2004