Screening of sperm donors
All donors at Cryos have undergone thorough screening processes to evaluate their physical and mental health. Only donor candidates who are healthy and comply with country-specific regulations are being accepted and allowed into our donor programme.
Cryos delivers donor sperm to many countries around the world, and most countries have different legislations regarding the use of sperm donors.
In this page, you can learn how we select and screen our donors according to our extensive quality assurance program, and how we make sure that our donors comply with the regulations in your treatment country.
How we select and screen our donors
When a potential donor applies at Cryos, he undergoes a very thorough selection and screening process.
First, he completes a comprehensive medical questionnaire and participates in an interview with our medical staff with the aim of evaluating candidates based on family medical history and risk behaviour. Donor candidates with a family history of serious hereditary mental or physical diseases are rejected.
Further to this, a thorough physical and mental examination of the candidate is carried out, and blood and urine samples are tested for infectious diseases. The donors are also tested for a number of hereditary diseases. Finally, they are screened for normal karyotype (chromosome profile).
All donors who get approved are regularly tested for infectious diseases throughout the full duration of the donation period.
A Summary of Records, containing test results, donor characteristics and Standard release information, is attached to the order confirmation and a copy is also included in your shipment. The Summary of Records is subject to change over time, due to the continuous testing of the donors.
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. During the screening process, all sperm donors at Cryos are therefore being selected, screened and released for clinical use in specific countries or areas.
When creating a free account online and indicating your treatment country, it enables us to show you only the donors that comply with the regulations in that specific country.
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 a condition is detected in a child, and there is reason to believe that the disease might be the result of the use of donor sperm, Cryos should be informed immediately, so that we can take the necessary action. This includes investigating if the condition could be related to the donor sperm or not.