Screening and Standards

Cryos provides donor sperm to many countries and most countries have their own requirements for screening of donors. To make sure we always meet the clinical requirements, we operate with a range of country specific Standards.

In the following you can read about how we select and screen our donors according to our extensive quality assurance program, and which Standard you should choose when ordering donor sperm. Furthermore, we explain what we do if a suspected condition is reported in a donor or a donor child.

How we select and screen our donors

When a potential donor applies at Cryos, he goes through a very thorough selection and screening process. 

First, he completes a comprehensive medical questionnaire and participates in an interview with our medical staff with the aim of rejecting candidates based on family medical history and risk behaviour. Donor candidates with a family history of serious hereditary mental or physical diseases are rejected.

Further to this, a thorough physical and mental examination of the candidate is carried out, and blood and urine samples are tested for infectious diseases according to the legal requirements for the Standard in question. The donors are also tested for a number of hereditary diseases. Finally, they are screened for normal karyotype (chromosome profile).

All donors who get approved are tested for infectious diseases on an ongoing basis for the full duration of the donation period. 

A Summary of Records, containing test results, donor characteristics and Standard release information, is attached to the order confirmation and is also included in your shipment. The Summary of Records is subject to change over time, due to the continuous testing of the donors.

What is a Standard and which one to choose?

When you choose your sperm donor for treatment at a fertility clinic, you must make sure that the donor’s donations meet the Standard in your country or area of treatment before you order. 

At Cryos, we deliver donor sperm to many countries around the world. Each country or area has its own Standard regarding selection and screening of sperm donors. Therefore, we operate with a range of area specific Standards. This means that the donors have been selected, screened and released for clinical use in a specific country or area. A donor can be released to meet one or several different Standards. In the Donor Search, you can see what Standard(s) a donor’s donations meet. You can also filter your search by a specific Standard. 

If you are going to receive treatment at a fertility clinic in one of the below-mentioned countries, you should use the corresponding Standard. Even though a donor has EU Standard, this may not be enough for treatment in your country if your country has its own Standard as listed below.  

If the country you are having treatment in is not mentioned below, you can still use donor sperm from Cryos. In this case, we advise you to ask your fertility clinic about which Standard to choose or to contact our Customer Service.

DE – Germany
DK – Denmark
EU – European Union
FI – Finland
ISR – Israel
ITA – Italy
NL – Netherlands
NO – Norway
NYS – New York State
SE – Sweden
UK – United Kingdom
USA – United States of America

How we handle conditions

Despite our thorough selection and screening procedure, the risk of having a child with a medical condition cannot be eliminated.

Cryos takes reports of conditions very seriously and we will not withhold information from any individual related to the donor. However, it is important to remember that a condition in a donor does not necessarily mean that your child will be affected.   

In the figure below, we have illustrated how a suspected condition in a donor or a donor child is handled if we receive a report. 

How we handle a discovered genetic condition in a donor or a child:

Donor or donor child disease discovered and reported to Cryos

Donor is removed instantly and put on hold during analysis and investigation. The donor cannot be shipped during this period.

Analysis

Conclusion:
Donor cannot be the cause – the donor is released again

Conclusion: Donor might be the cause – investigation continues

The condition is registered on the donor’s files and Summary of Records. Consent must be signed before use. The donor can only be shipped for sibling treatments.

Conclusion:
Donor cannot be the cause – the donor is released again