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Qatar flag.gif
Region Asia
Population 907,229
GDP (millions USD) 67,763
National Policies
Eggs for assisted reproduction PROHIBITED
Eggs for research PROHIBITED
Inheritable genetic modification ?
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis ?
Reproductive cloning PROHIBITED
Research cloning PROHIBITED
Sex selection ?
International Agreements
2005 UN Cloning Vote YES
2005 UNESCO Sports Doping Convention RATIFIED


Key laws and policies

Research: Stem Cells

Guidance on research involving stem cells:

Assisted Reproduction

  • Qatar is an Islamic nation and adheres to Islamic principles and opinions.
  • While there is no regulation of assisted reproduction, self-regulation occurs via guidelines released by Hamad Medical Corp (

Prohibited practices

  • All forms of cloning
  • Gamete donation
  • Surrogacy

Permitted and regulated practices

Assisted Reproduction

  • ART is limited to those procedures that comply with Islamic law.
  • A married couple may use and preserve their own gametes for later personal use only.

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, (accessed 22 February 2015).