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Region Africa
Population 6173579
GDP (millions USD) 57,064
National Policies
Eggs for assisted reproduction PROHIBITED
Eggs for research ?
Inheritable genetic modification ?
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis ?
Reproductive cloning ?
Research cloning ?
Sex selection ?
International Agreements
2005 UN Cloning Vote no vote
2005 UNESCO Sports Doping Convention RATIFIED


Key laws and policies

Libyan Penal Law

Medical Liability Law No 17/1986

Prohibited practices

  • Artificial insemination is prohibited by virtue of the Libyan Penal Law; however, the prohibition does not apply to married couples (Law no 17/1986).
  • Surrogate motherhood is prohibited.
  • Gamete donation is prohibited.

(Art. 403 Bis A and Art. 403 Bis B. Libyan Penal Code as appended to the Law No 75/1972)

Permitted and regulated practices

A husband and wife may undergo assisted reproduction with their consent.

Libya has a National Centre for Diagnosis and Treatment of Sterility by virtue of General People's Committee Decision No. 186/1993.

External links

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, Cairo Office, ‘Ethics and the Law in Biomedicine and Genetics: An Overview of National Regulations in the Arab States’, 2011. Available at (p 51), (accessed 22 February 2015).