UK and Canada Testing

UK

The HFEA (The Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority) is used by the UK to release the identity of donors for use. Unlike donors available to U.S. patients, donor anonymity is not permitted of donors in the U.K. A donor used by patients in the U.K. must sign an agreement that allows his identifying information to be released to reported offspring once they reach the age of 18.

In addition to being an Identity Disclosure (Cryobank America Open-ID) Donor, these donors have a ten-family unit limit. Because of this ten-family limit, a donor is only U.K. compliant for a fixed amount of time. For more information please contact us.

Canada

We work to ensure that our friendly neighbors to the north can select from a large group of diverse donors that meet the requirements of Health Canada. In compliance with Health Canada regulations, Cryobank America conducts additional testing for both Chlamydia and Gonorrhea each time the donor provides a sample.

We test all donors for Cytomegalovirus (CMV), an extremely common virus that nearly every adult has at one time or another. Although dormant after the initial infection, CMV stays in the body’s system for life. We accept samples from a donor with an IgG positive result, which indicates a non-active CMV infection. An IgM positive result indicates an active CMV infection and the donor is considered unacceptable. If you have any questions or concerns, we suggest you discuss the CMV status of a donor with your doctor prior to purchasing units. We will have distinguishing donors that are available to purchase that are Health Canada compliant. For more information please contact us.