The RTAC Code of Practice for Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Units has been developed by the Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee (RTAC) of the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA).
The purpose of the RTAC Code of Practice is to:
- Promote continuous improvement in the quality of care offered to people accessing fertility treatment.
- Provide a framework and set criteria for the auditing process that leads to accreditation of organisations that deliver fertility services.
- Ensure the auditing process is carried out in an independent, non-adversarial and constructive manner.
Fundamental to the delivery of ART services is that patients and their offspring remain the most important consideration in all decisions. Organisations aspire to deliver services in a manner that recognises patients’ cultural and individual values and beliefs, upholds their dignity and privacy, and acknowledges the rights of children born through ART to know their genetic origins and health outcomes.
The code was first introduced in 1986, when the FSA produced a series of standards as a guide for ART units. In 1987, RTAC was established and added explanatory notes to many of the original standards drawn up by the FSA. This initial code was revised in 1992, 1997, 2001 and 2005. It was fully rewritten in 2008 with revisions in 2010 and 2014.
In 2015, an international version of the Code was released.
Copies of all accreditation documents can be downloaded from the Accreditation page of this website.