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Age limit extended to 54 years

Age limit extended to 54 years

The new law for medically assisted reproduction

Updated: 08 March 2023

On 19th July 2022, the discussion on the new bill of the Ministry of Health for “Reforms for medically assisted reproduction” took place in parliament. The bill was passed from the parliament by majority.

The new law extends the age limit from 50 years to 54 years and introduces other innovative measures in order to assist couples in the process of having children with assisted reproduction techniques.

“Assisted Reproduction is worth holding an open discussion on, with all the society. Even more so given that this challenge is linked to other important national goals, such as protecting individual rights, modernizing daily life and of course the tackling of the demographic issue” 

PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis
PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Key points introduced by the new law are:

  • the increase of the age limit of women who want to use assisted reproduction methods from 50 years to 54 years,
  • the option of cryopreservation of ova for social reasons and not only medical,
  • the abolition of the 20-year ceiling of the duration of the cryopreservation.
  • the right of the individual to deposit non-fertilized genital material for cryopreservation without the consent of the spouse and the free use in the event of divorce.
  • the right of gamete donor to anonymity (full anonymity or the option of declaring their name so that the child on reaching adulthood will be able to know personal details of the donor).
  • the donor is also protected from any paternity claim.
  • the establishment of a Cryopreservation Bank exclusively for the service of HIV-positive persons.
Greek Parliament, Athens

The new law introduces reforms on medically assisted reproduction and offers an updated framework for the application of recent scientific techniques. The extension of age limit of women that want to use such procedures from 50 years to 54 years will facilitate many couples, that due to the age restriction had to travel to third countries, to undertake assisted reproduction techniques.

“The new law is about facilitating people to regain rights won by science”. 

Nikolaos Vrachnis, president of the National Authority of Assisted Reproduction

Previous posts on this topic:

IVF: Draft law to increase the Greek legal age limit to 54 years

Post –  19 JULY 2022

Parliament is debating a new draft law to reform the framework for medically assisted reproduction in Greece capable of responding to modern scientific and social demands. The bill is expected to be voted on today, July 19th, by Parliament.

The bill essentially aspires to modernize the institutional framework in Greece, which was considered among the most advanced and liberal in Europe some years ago, but has now been overtaken. The existing law now has legislative gaps concerning both the cryopreservation of reproductive material, in particular the cryopreservation of eggs, as well as the application of assisted methods depending on the age of the woman.

The main points of the draft law provide for:

  1. the increase of the age limit for women who can resort to medically assisted reproduction from 50 to 54 years of age, as well as the provision for granting a special license for medically assisted reproduction to women aged 50 years and 1 day to 54 years.
  2. the possibility of cryopreservation of reproductive material, zygotes and fertilized eggs also for social reasons, and the abolition of the upper limit of 20 years regarding its duration,
  3. the right of the individual to deposit unfertilized reproductive material for cryopreservation without the consent of his or her spouse or the party with whom he/she has entered into a cohabitation agreement or his/her partner, as well as for its free use in the event of divorce, annulment of the marriage, separation, termination or termination of the cohabitation agreement or termination of its free association,
  4. the express provision that the disposal of reproductive material for the creation of Cryopreservation Banks regardless of the existence of recipients at the time of disposal is not a prohibited disposal.
  5. the possibility of receiving and cryopreservation of a donor’s genital material from a Cryopreservation Bank, regardless of the existence of recipients in the given time period,
  6. the possibility of the donor to decide for himself or herself about his or her anonymity,
  7. the establishment of a Medically Assisted Reproduction Unit (M.I.Y.A.) and a Cryopreservation Bank exclusively for the service of HIV-positive persons.
  8. ensuring respect for the personality of intersex persons and their right to physical self-determination, as well as regulating the conditions under which, exceptionally, intervention in the gender characteristics of intersex minors will be permitted.

Post –  APRIL 2022

Significant changes in IVF and cryopreservation of eggs are provided for in a bill of the Ministry of Health, which was approved in the cabinet on Friday 24 April 2022.

The bill changes the age restrictions, raising the age limits to 54 years. This increased age limit already exists in other European countries and non-European countries. In Cyprus and Spain the age limit is 55 and 54 respectively. In England, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, Poland, Lithuania and also the USA there is no age limit.
The same bill presented by the Minister of Health, Thanos Plevris, brings changes in the cryopreservation of eggs.


IVF Laws Greece key points

Find out more about the existing assisted reproduction legislation in Greece.

To find out more about how current IVF legislations differ between European countries, read our blog article: ‘Comparing IVF / ART legislation between EU countries’.


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