EDNA study end of project webinar

Tuesday 10th May, 10am-12noon BST (online)

The use of donated eggs in fertility treatment has expanded exponentially in recent years and now forms the basis of 7% of all cycles of IVF globally. A growing egg bioeconomy has developed as chains of supply and demand emerge from an international patchwork of regulation. New methods of donor recruitment and selection, and freezing and banking, along with the emergence of new brokers and other intermediaries are reshaping the egg donation landscape.


Within the EU, egg donation is governed at the supra-national level by the EU Tissue and Cells Directive, which requires that member states can only procure and process human eggs (and other tissues and cells) for therapeutic purposes if explicit commercialisation is avoided. A small number of EU countries outlaw egg donation altogether, whilst those that permit it are obliged to draw on this framework to inform national policy. As a result, implementation of these regulations is shaped by local practices, mores and cultures. Several important questions arise from this contextual specificity, which the ‘EDNA’ study was designed to address. We asked:

  • How are egg donation practices shaped by national economic, political, cultural and moral contexts?
  • How do new reproductive subjectivities emerge as a result of (gendered) socio-technical processes such as egg donation?
  • How do egg providers understand and frame egg donation in the context of infertility treatment and how is their moral reasoning shaped by a neoliberal, bioeconomic context?
  • What is the role of professional rationalities and commercial choreographies in a global reproductive marketplace?

In this webinar we present an overview of the study and our findings via a series of short talks from the EDNA study team. Taking the UK, Belgium and Spain as cases, we illustrate how national donation ‘regimes’ produce complex entanglements of national policy, supranational regulation, cultural preferences and commercial priorities. We hope the event and our findings will stimulate debate about how reproductive technologies become inscribed into socio-technical cultures in different national contexts and the related implications for policy and practice.

The event is free to attend, but pre-booking is required.  A full programme with timings will be circulated in due course.

Please book your place by Friday 6th May here

For more information please contact CRR@DMU.AC.UK