Legal status
Key organization (NL) Federale Commissie voor medisch en wetenschappelijk onderzoek op Embryo’s in-vitro (FCE) (FR) Commission Fédérale de la recherche médicale et scientifique sur les Embryons in-vitro (CFE)
Policy Research on hESC in Belgium is allowed and it is regulated by the law for research on in vitro embryos and the law on Medically Assisted Reproduction and the Destination of Supernumerary Embryos and Gametes (2003 and 2007). For hESC derivation, embryos from surplus IVF embryos or, under certain conditions, created for research can be used. Reproductive cloning is prohibited. Commercial use of hESC is forbidden.
Legislation The main laws covering hESC work is the law of 2003 on research on embryos in vitro. And the law of 2007 on the use of supernumerary embryos from fertility treatments. There is a further refinement on the regulations on how to obtain the embryos for research in 2008.
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Research with embryo Embryos can be used for research. Creation of embryos for research is permitted, when research can not be achieved using supernumerary embryos. Embryo research is only permitted within 14 days of development.
Embryo donation and cryopreservation Embryos not implanted can be cryopreserved, destroyed, or donated for research. Donation for research can also happen after a term of 5 years of cryostorage. Patients are required to provide signed informed consent for each of these procedures.



hESC Cell lines

hiPSC Cell lines