Lagos inaugurates committee to regulate assisted fertility

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Lagos State Government has inaugurated a seven-man committee to monitor, regulate and enforce quality compliance in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) practice in the state.

The Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Health, Dr Titilayo Goncalves, made this known to the press in Lagos.

Goncalves said that inauguration of the committee led by Prof. Osato Giwa-Osagie, was in line with the state government’s commitment to ensure best practices in assisted fertility practice.

According to her, the committee comprises private practitioners in fertility medicine, experts in the public sector, members of AFRH and officials of the State Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA).

“The constitution of the committee is in tandem with our resolve to implement the policy document on ART regulations and practice which we unveiled recently in partnership with Association of Fertility and Reproductive Health (AFRH) and experts in fertility medicine.

The committee is charged with the onerous task of educating, enlightening and sensitising citizens on ART practice, whilst bringing sanity through monitoring and enforcement compliance to the ART practice in the state.

The need to protect members of the public from falling prey to quacks who parade themselves as experts in fertility medicine and the need to regulate practice in line with acceptable international best practices prompted state government’s intervention,” she said.

The permanent secretary said the policy document and guidelines of ART practice as well as activities of the committee would go a long way in protecting clients and experts in ART practice.

According to her, it will allay public concerns and help in guiding professional practice in assisted fertility medicine.

She expressed optimism that the development and implementation of ART policy document on practice and regulations would help to eradicate quackery and unprofessional conduct in assisted fertility practice.