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Region Europe
Population 2270700
GDP (millions USD) 27,341
National Policies
Eggs for assisted reproduction permitted
Eggs for research permitted
Inheritable genetic modification ?
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis social uses prohibited
Reproductive cloning PROHIBITED
Research cloning PROHIBITED
Sex selection Social uses prohibited
Surrogacy commercial prohibited
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

  • See also specific regulations defined and approved by the Cabinet of Ministers, e.g. Regulation No. 716.
  • Surrogacy is neither expressly prohibited nor permitted by law in Latvia, but it is reported that it is not practiced (IFFS Surveillance, 2013).

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 not permitted.

Permitted and regulated practices

Assisted Reproduction (See Articles 12-22)

  • Assisted reproduction is available to heterosexual couples.
  • Infertility is a requirement.
  • Donor gametes may be used.
  • Male sperm donors must be 18 to 45 years and female egg donors 18 to 35 years (Section 17).
  • It is prohibited to use a donor to create more than three children.
  • Payment is not allowed.

External links

BioMed Research International Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 307160, 14 pages

Francesco Paolo Busardò, et al. "The Evolution of Legislation in the Field of Medically Assisted Reproduction and Embryo Stem Cell Research in European Union Members." BioMed Research International, Volume 2014 (2014),;, (accessed 22 February 2015).

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