The Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (the Oviedo Convention) sets out two principles concerning embryos (Articles 14 and 18). It forbids the use of techniques of medically assisted procreation for the purpose of choosing a future child's sex (except where serious hereditary sex-related disease is to be avoided) and the creation of human embryos for research purposes. It also stipulates that, where the law allows research on embryos, it shall ensure adequate protection of the embryo. Read more.
Legal instruments and related documents
Additional Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine, on the Prohibition of Cloning Human Beings
The protection of the human embryo in vitro - Report by the Working Party on the Protection of the Human Embryo and Fetus, 2003
Защита эмбриона человека in vitro - Доклад Рабочей группы по защите эмбриона и плода человека, 2003