Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia
Region Asia
Population 27601038
GDP (millions USD) 376,029
National Policies
Eggs for assisted reproduction PROHIBITED
Eggs for research PROHIBITED
Inheritable genetic modification PROHIBITED
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis social uses prohibited
Reproductive cloning PROHIBITED
Research cloning PROHIBITED
Sex selection Social uses prohibited
International Agreements
2005 UN Cloning Vote YES
2005 UNESCO Sports Doping Convention RATIFIED


Key laws and policies

There are no specific laws in Saudi Arabia on the issues discussed in this BioPolicy Wiki.

However, ART is addressed in Saudi Arabia under the regulation of IVF Units, Embryos, and Infertility Management No 2870/1/12.

IVF Units are required to adhere to Islamic fatwas.

Prohibited practices

  • Surrogacy
  • Egg donation
  • Sperm donation
  • Posthumous use of gametes
  • Embryo experimentation

Permitted and regulated practices

  • Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis is permitted for gene therapy.
  • Preservation of embryos is permitted with consent of the couple.

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).