Who can be an egg donor?
- Family members, friends or acquaintances: women who are known to the recipient (the mother) or;
- De-identified clinic recruited screened donors: women who are unknown to the recipient at the time of treatment but who are willing to release identifying information to a donor-conceived person in the future. These donors are also termed ‘open identity’ donors.
Typically, de-identified donors are recruited through clinic advertisements or in some Australian and New Zealand jurisdictions donated eggs are imported through international egg donation programs that meet Australian and New Zealand standards of donor programmes. These include standards of donor family limits and donors who agree to identity information release when a donor-conceived person reaches 18 years of age (or 16 years in WA).
Who can be a sperm donor?
- Family members, friends or men known from broader social networks: men who are known to the recipient.
- De-identified screened clinic recruited donors: men who are unknown to the recipient. In compliance with Australian and New Zealand laws and ethical guidelines, at the time of their donation, de-identified donors must consent for release of their identifying information to donor-conceived people when that individual reaches 18 years of age (or 16 years in WA).