There is a rapid expansion of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) over the last two and a half decades in India. The live birth rate following ART program has steadily increased from <1 % to roughly 33 % in just over 30 years. The improving success rate may be attributed to the advances in ovarian stimulation protocol and improvement in quality and competence of IVF laboratory and personnel. Still many attempts lead to failure despite recent clinical advances in ovarian stimulation regimens and surgical procedures to collect gametes. ART laboratory is the most important component of the ART program. In human in vitro fertilization (IVF), gametes and embryos require fastidious procedures, and there is considerable awareness that the environment of the laboratory itself can alter the quality of the embryos. So there is an increase in the use of quality management systems to guarantee high-quality patient care as well as to ensure that the laboratory is maintaining consistency, thus maximizing embryo quality and success in ART program. This will also help to alleviate patient’s anxiety.
KeywordsQuality Management Assisted Reproductive Technology Quality Management System Postgraduate Degree Assisted Reproductive Technology Treatment
We are grateful to Dr. R.S. Sharma, Deputy Director General (SG), Department of Reproductive Health & Nutrition, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), for his valuable suggestions and guidance for preparation of this manuscript.
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