Austria

Legal status
Key organization Forum of Austria Ethics Committees
Policy There is no legislation on stem cell research. Generation of hESC is prohibited and De facto, import or research with hESC is prohibited. The use of human embryos and gametes for research is banned. Procurement of hESCs and therapeutic and reproductive cloning are prohibited.
Legislation The ACT on reproductive medicine (FORTPFLANZUNGSMEDIZINGESETZ of June 1992)The ACT on human embryo researchis the Reproductive Medicine ACT amendment 2004 (FORTPFLANZUNGSMEDIZINGESETZ geändert wird FORTPFLANZUNGSMEDIZINGESETZ -Novelle 2004)
Legislation Link Fortpflanzungsmedizingesetz am 4 juni 1992, Reproductive Medicine Act of 4 June 1992, at http://www.ris.bka.gv.at/Dokumente/BgblPdf/1992_275_0/1992_275_0.pdfFortpflanzungsmedizingesetz geändert wird (Fortpflanzungsmedizingesetz-Novelle 2004 – FMedGNov 2004), Reproductive Medicine Act Amendment 2004 – FmedGNov 2004, at  http://www.ris.bka.gv.at/Dokument.wxe?Abfrage=BgblAuth&Dokumentnummer=BGBLA_2004_I_163, 
Embryonic stem cell research policy No specific legislation on hESC research.Generation of hESC is prohibited and De facto, import or research with hESC is prohibited. However, the Austrian Bioethics Commission advocates hESC derivation from surplus embryos (majority position with dissenting opinion).
Research with embryo Bans the use of human embryos for research purpose
Embryo donation and cryopreservation Gametes donation is forbidden, other than medically assisted reproduction in the frame of heterosexual relationshipsProhibited to use human embryos for any other purpose than assisted reproduction.
Somatic cell nuclear transfer Prohibited therapeutic and reproductive cloning
Privacy and data protection Federal Act Concerning the Protection of Personal Data (2009): http://www.ris.bka.gv.at/Dokument.wxe?Abfrage=Erv&Dokumentnummer=ERV_1999_1_165
Funding Regarding public funding for research, adult stem cells are prioritised over hESCs.

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hESC Cell lines

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hiPSC Cell lines