In some cases, patients wish to move their frozen gametes / embryos from one clinic to another and this is something that CRGW is more than happy to assist you with. As long as all UK laws and regulations are followed, we will gladly see to it that your frozen gametes/embryos are transferred to or from our facilities. You’ll just need to sign a consent form to implement the transfer of your frozen gametes/embryos.
There is also a process for the export and import of frozen gametes/embryos to and from licensed fertility clinics outside of the UK. If this is something you are interested in please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Why would I need to transport eggs, sperm or embryos?
You might want to consider importing or exporting your eggs, sperm or embryos if:
How do I arrange my import?
If you are required to purchase donor gametes for your treatment please ensure you complete your order directly through the donor bank following your consultation with us. They will liaise directly with us to organise your shipment.
How do I arrange my export?
How long does it take to import/export?
It depends on whether we have previously imported to / exported from the relevant centre. If we have, it may be quicker for us to carry out all the relevant checks than if we haven’t worked with the clinic before. We advise to allow up to four weeks for the samples to arrive at the centre for routine imports and exports within the UK. For imports and exports outside the UK and in particular those outside the EEA these can take considerably longer particularly if a HFEA import certifcate and or HFEA ‘Special Directions’ are required. We will be able to advise timeframes on non-UK imports and exports on a case specific basis.
How are the sperm, eggs or embryos transported?
Cryopreserved sperm eggs or embryos are transported in a ‘dry shipper’ container that is designed for the transport of biological materials at an ultra low temperature (-196 degrees C) which maintains the safety and quality of the eggs, sperm or embryos.
Specialist courier companies ensure that all material is kept safe during transit. A list of the courier companies we have third party agreements in place with can be found below. CRGW have used these companies for imports and export successfully though cannot recommend one company over another and this is therefore decision at the discretion of you the patient.
It is the responsibility of the patient to organise and pay the couriers directly.
Can I do the transportation myself?
Yes. Patients are able to use one of CRGW’s dry shippers for free when importing gametes or embryos to CRGW which must be collected from and returned to CRGW Llantrisant on the same day.
Administrative charges apply for exporting gametes / embryos out of CRGW which can be found on our price list.
How much does it cost to arrange an import / export?
We do not charge for imports of gametes or embryos to CRGW from another UK clinic if you choose to the do the transport yourself with one of our shippers.
Please see our pricelist for administrative costs for arranging an export to a UK clinic or an international import or export. An additional charge would apply if you also wish to use our shipper to export.
Where can I find further information?
For more information on importing and exporting gametes from our regulators the HFEA please click on the link below.