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    Screening of sperm donors

    Our extensive screening procedures ensure that only healthy donors with very high sperm quality are accepted into our donor programme. 

    All Cryos’ donors have been selected and screened according to Cryos’ extensive quality assurance, operational procedures and policies for donor recruitment, assessment and screening. Only those donor applicants that pass the thorough screening programme become Cryos donors. 

    How we screen our sperm donor 

    1. Initial test of sperm quality. 
    2. Comprehensive medical and family history questionnaire and an in-depth interview aimed at selecting candidates with no risk behaviour or symptoms of disease. 
    3. Psychological assessment and physical examination.  
    4. The donor candidate is karyotyped, blood type tested and screened for genetic diseases. Blood and urine samples are screened for infectious diseases. 
    5. If approved, the donor can start donating. 

    All active donors are at a minimum screened for infectious diseases every 3 months. 

    Country specific requirements (Standards)  

    Cryos is licensed according to the EU-Tissue Directive and can deliver donor sperm to all EU countries as well as export outside of the EU. Most countries have different legislations regarding the use of sperm donors, including requirements in the selection and screening of sperm donors. We handle this by operating with Standards that fulfil the requirements in the specific countries. 

    During the screening process, all sperm donors at Cryos are therefore being selected, screened and released for clinical use in specific countries or areas. A donor can be released to meet one or several different Standards.  

    In our free online Donor Search, we only show you donors that comply with the regulations and Standards relevant for your country.  

    Learn more about which Standards, we operate with. Standards

    What do we screen for? 

    In the Summary of records (SOR) screening results and Standard release information is listed for all donors. The SOR is subject to change over time, due to the continuous screening of the donors.  

    The SOR is attached to the order confirmation email and a physical copy is included in all shipments. 

    How we handle conditions   

    In every pregnancy, there is a small risk of having a child with a congenital disease, and in some cases, this might turn out to be inherited. At Cryos, our donors undergo a thorough screening process before being accepted as a donor, in order to minimize the risk of the donor passing any serious conditions on to the child.   
    If a serious risk factor is detected in a donor candidate, donating sperm at Cryos is not an option.  

    Despite our thorough selection and screening procedure, however, the risk of having a child with a medical condition cannot be eliminated. If you receive information about any conditions that might be related to the use of donor sperm from one of our donors, you are obliged to inform Cryos immediately. Our customer service team can guide you through the process, and our genetic expert will then assess the information and, if relevant, start an investigation.