The Government of India, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Department of Commerce, Directorate General of Foreign Trade Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi had issued notification bearing Notification No. 11 /2015-2020 Dated: 12th June , 2020 permitting the importing and exporting of human embryos into India.

It is to be noted that several intended parents were unable to import/export their gametes after the Indian Government banned the international import and export of embryos in the year 2015 by Notification No.25/2015-2020 dated 26th October, 2015. By the 2015 notification, the Import policy of the item ‘Human Embryo’ classified under EXIM Code 0511 99 99 has been changed from “free” subject to a ‘No Objection Certificate’ from Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)” to “Prohibited’ except for
research purposes based on the guidelines of the Department of Health Research.

It is also worth noticing here that several foreigners had come down to India for the purpose of taking up surrogacy arrangements, but were unable to take back the embryos when international surrogacy arrangements were banned in 2012 for foreign nationals. This could be of good news to prospective parents who have their Embryos stored in India and want to export the same back to their country.

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