Codes of Practice history and purpose
The original set of standards promoted by the Fertility Society of Australia, known as “Guidelines for Centres using Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) in Australia and New Zealand”, was first introduced in 1986. 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, 2014, 2017 and 2021. In 2015, an International version of the Code was released and was reviewed in 2018.
The purposes of the RTAC Codes of Practice are 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.
- Chairperson (appointed by FSA Board)
- Deputy Chairperson (appointed by FSA Board)
- Nominee of the Medical Directors Subcommittee of the FSA
- Nominee of the Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association (ANZICA)
- Nominee of Fertility Nurses of Australasia (FNA)
- Nominee of Scientists in Reproductive Technology (SIRT)
- Nominee of Access or Fertility NZ