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Region Europe
Population 4453500
GDP (millions USD) 51,356
National Policies
Eggs for assisted reproduction permitted
Eggs for research no policy
Inheritable genetic modification PROHIBITED
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis social uses prohibited
Reproductive cloning PROHIBITED
Research cloning PROHIBITED
Sex selection Social uses prohibited
International Agreements
1997 COE Biomedicine Convention RATIFIED
1998 COE Cloning Convention RATIFIED
2005 UN Cloning Vote YES
2005 UNESCO Sports Doping Convention RATIFIED
2007 Treaty of Lisbon not signed


Key laws and policies

  • Council of Europe Convention on Biomedicine and Human Rights and Additional Protocol on Cloning (1997, 1998)
  • The law on medically assisted fertilization ("National Gazette" 86/2012)
  • The Family Act (2003) Obiteljski Zakon (See,%20zakoni/en/FamilyAct/EN.pdf.)

Prohibited practices

  • Inheritable genetic modification
  • Reproductive cloning
  • Research cloning
  • Sex selection for social purposes
  • PGD for social purposes
  • Somatic genetic enhancement
  • Surrogacy (The Croatian Family Act proscribes that the child's mother is the woman who gave birth to the child. This article is viewed as excluding the legal possibility to institute surrogacy in Croatia.)

Permitted and regulated practices

  • Cohabiting couples and single women may access assisted reproductive treatments.
  • Gametes and embryos can be donated and cryopreserved up to five years (with the opportunity to extend the time limit).
  • Donation of gametes is strictly voluntary and unpaid.
  • Gender selection of embryos is only permitted in the eventuality of sex-linked diseases.

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