European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology
The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology was founded in 1985 by Robert Edwards
Robert Edwards (physiologist)
Sir Robert Geoffrey Edwards, CBE, FRS is a British physiologist and pioneer in Reproductive medicine and in-vitro fertilization in particular. Along with surgeon Patrick Steptoe, Edwards successfully pioneered conception through IVF, which led to the birth of the first test-tube baby, Louise...

 (University of Cambridge
University of Cambridge
The University of Cambridge is a public research university located in Cambridge, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest university in both the United Kingdom and the English-speaking world , and the seventh-oldest globally...

) and J. Cohen (Paris
Paris is the capital and largest city in France, situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region...

), who felt that the study and research in the field of reproduction needed to be encouraged and recognized.


The aims of the society are:
  • to promote the understanding of reproductive biology and embryology
  • to facilitate research and the subsequent dissemination of research findings to the public, scientists, clinicians and patient associations
  • to inform politicians and policy makers in Europe.

The society further engages in medical education activities, the development of data registries, and the implementation of methods to improve safety and quality in clinical and laboratory procedures.


The society consists of:
  • General Assembly, comprising all its members, made up of diverse sub-special interest groups, such as andrology
    Andrology is the medical specialty that deals with male health, particularly relating to the problems of the male reproductive system and urological problems that are unique to men. It is the counterpart to gynaecology, which deals with medical issues which are specific to the female reproductive...

    , reproductive genetics, ethics
    Ethics, also known as moral philosophy, is a branch of philosophy that addresses questions about morality—that is, concepts such as good and evil, right and wrong, virtue and vice, justice and crime, etc.Major branches of ethics include:...

     and law
    Law is a system of rules and guidelines which are enforced through social institutions to govern behavior, wherever possible. It shapes politics, economics and society in numerous ways and serves as a social mediator of relations between people. Contract law regulates everything from buying a bus...

    , and paramedics;
  • Executive Committee, comprising 13 members or more, and having various sub-committees, such as the Finance Subcommittee, Training Subcommittee, Annual Meeting Subcommittee, the Committee of National Representatives, and the Communications Committee.

Medical journal

The official journal of the society is Human Reproduction
Human Reproduction (journal)
Human Reproduction is a peer-reviewed scientific journal covering all aspects of human reproduction, including reproductive physiology and pathology, endocrinology, andrology, gonad function, gametogenesis, fertilization, embryo development, implantation, pregnancy, genetics, preimplantation...

. It is made up of three individual publications: Human Reproduction, Human Reproduction Update and Molecular Human Reproduction.

See also

  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
    Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
    The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is a statutory body in the United Kingdom that regulates and inspects all UK clinics providing in vitro fertilisation, artificial insemination and the storage of human eggs, sperm or embryos. It also regulates Human Embryo research...

  • Assisted Human Reproduction Canada
    Assisted Human Reproduction Canada
    Assisted Human Reproduction Canada is a federal regulatory agency that was established in 2006 to protect and promote the health, safety, dignity and rights of Canadians who use or are born of assisted human reproduction technologies...

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