Austrian reproductive law defines the legal prerequisites for sperm donation:
- The donor cannot have any infectious diseases. The sperm samples have to be completely free from infections. The donor serum or plasma samples have to be negative to HIV1 und 2, HBV, HCV and syphilis as well as negative urine samples for chlamydia. The blood and urine samples are to be taken at the time of every donation.
- All samples are cryopreserved and can only be released for donation if a check-up of the infections (HIV1 and 2, HBV, HCV, syphilis, Chlamydia) is negative.
- The semen quality has to fulfill the current WHO criteria.
- All personal data of the donor has to be recorded: blood group, Rhesus factor, height, weight, hair colour, eye colour and ethnicity. The donor cannot be part of a risk group, (e.g. drug user, promiscuity)
- A maximum of three families can have successful treatments with one donor. The sperm donor can only donate at one institute according to Austrian reproductive law and has to familiarize himself with the current legal framework.
- The donor has to be completely healthy and cannot have any known genetic illnesses. However, the institute would like to point out that it is not possible to check the family and relatives of a donor or to test for all possible genetic diseases in a donor. Should you know of any genetic illnesses in your own family (of the female partner), please let us know BEFORE the treatment!
- The testing of the donor and his sperm must guarantee that the sperm is capable of reproduction according to the current status of medical science and experience. Furthermore it must be ensured that the use of the donor sperm does not lead to health risks for the woman or the desired child.