However, if you do not wish to store your units, you (and your spouse, in the case of frozen embryos) must go to ovo cryo, suite 210, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, to fill out an authorization to destroy or donate your units. You will have the option to donate your units for research purposes (improving assisted reproduction techniques, training embryologists, or other research).
If you cannot go to the clinic during the hours indicated, you can also inform us of your decision in a letter witnessed by a lawyer, a notary, or a commissioner for oaths (to find a commissioner for oaths, visit http://www.assermentation.justice.gouv.qc.ca, and click “Search for a Commissioner for Oaths”).
This letter must contain the following information:
- your full name and date of birth;
- the type of units (sperm, donor sperm, eggs, embryos);
- whether you want the units to be destroyed according to the standard protocol;
- whether you want to donate the units to the clinic for any of the following reasons:
- to improve assisted reproduction techniques;
- to teach assisted reproduction techniques (training for embryologists);
- for other research purposes;
- for use by a third party (anonymous donation to another couple); if you choose this option, the clinic will contact you to arrange a meeting;
- patient’s signature and date;
- full name and signature of witness (lawyer, notary, or commissioner for oaths), permit number, and date;
- the patient and the witness must sign on the same day;
- the witness must indicate which piece of identification was used to verify the patient’s identity (pieces of identification accepted: Québec’s health insurance card (RAMQ), driver’s license, passport).