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Region Oceania
Population 214,265
GDP (millions USD) 397
National Policies
Eggs for assisted reproduction ?
Eggs for research ?
Inheritable genetic modification ?
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis ?
Reproductive cloning ?
Research cloning ?
Sex selection ?
Surrogacy ?
International Agreements
2005 UN Cloning Vote YES
2005 UNESCO Sports Doping Convention RATIFIED

Key laws and policies

Samoa does not appear to have national laws or policies specific to the practices currently falling within the scope of BioPolicyWiki.

Note: The proposed Child Care and Protection Bill 2013 – Art. 54 on sale of children may be relevant to commercial surrogacy (although surrogacy is not explicitly mentioned).

“Section 54. Prohibition on the sale of children:

(1) No child in Samoa may be bought or sold, and any contract, agreement or arrangement purporting to be the basis of such a sale is void and of no legal effect.

(2) A person who –

  • (a) enters in to any arrangement for the sale or purchase of a child in Samoa;
  • (b) offers any money or valuable consideration to the parent or guardian of a child in Samoa in order to purchase the child, or to obtain or assume any parental status or authority over the child;
  • (c) facilitates the sale or purchase of a child in Samoa in any way –
  • commits an offence and is liable to a fine not exceeding 10,000 penalty units or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 years, or both.”

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