Fertility treatment

Introduction

Assisted human reproduction services (including In Vitro Fertilisation or IVF) are not provided by the public health services. Any services that are provided are not currently subject to statutory control. Laws in relation to the area have been passed but are not yet in force. Medical practice concerning the provision of assisted human reproduction services is governed by guidelines issued by the Irish Medical Council.

In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) is available from private consultants and clinics.

Rules

IVF is not provided by the public health services. Your family doctor (GP) may refer you to the private specialists and clinics that provide the service or you may be able to contact the clinic directly for an appointment.

The Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction completed its report on how assisted human reproduction might be regulated in April 2005. View the Report of the Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction here (pdf).

The Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 includes laws on assisted human reproduction but these have not yet come into force. You can read more about the Act in our publication Relate (pdf).

The Medical Council has ethical guidelines (pdf) that include a section on assisted human reproduction and set out the conditions under which it is ethical for a doctor to provide IVF treatment.

Tax relief and fertility treatment

You may claim tax relief on the costs involved in IVF treatment as part of the tax relief for medical expenses scheme.

Drugs Payment Scheme

Drugs used as part of fertility treatment are also covered under the Drugs Payment Scheme. Under the Drugs Payment Scheme there is a limit to how much you have to pay for approved prescribed drugs, medicines and appliances in a given month.

Page edited: 25 October 2016