RTAC is the Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee of the Fertility Society of Australia. RTAC has developed a Code of Practice for complying units offering services in Assisted Reproductive Technology. This Code of Practice, which is adhered to by Assisted Conception Australia is available at www.fsa.au.com/rtac/
Assisted Conception Australia was granted provisional licence on 14 July 2008 with a unit inspection to follow shortly after.
ANZARD is the Australian and New Zealand Assisted Reproduction Database and has been designed with the intention of established a fully electronic system for reporting outcomes of IVF treatment and the resulting pregnancies. The data collected will be used for three purposes.
The generation of the NPSU (National Perinatal Statistics Unit) annual report. This is available for inspection in the public domain at www.npsu.unsw.edu.au
The NPSU report documents details of IVF cycles conducted across Australia and New Zealand including success rates for each type of treatment in a deidentified way. Assisted Conception Australia is required to provide this data to the NPSU and you will therefore be contacted to establish the result of your treatment cycle if it is not already known to Assisted Conception Australia. As this information is important to government agencies including Medicare which funds many cycles it is important that everyone assists in maintaining this database.
- The success rates for each individual unit are collated and made available to RTAC officials and Assisted Conception Australia at the time of inspection of the fertility unit (generally every 1-3 years) . This is to allow an independent external body to view the function of Assisted Conception Australia, to confirm that it is functioning at an acceptable level, and if not to recommend areas of change.
- The success rates of Assissted Conception Australia are made available to the staff of Assisted Conception Australia at regular intervals to allow ongoing review, internal audit and ongoing improvements in quality service