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UK sperm banks fail to meet WHO standards

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7514.422-e (Published 18 August 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:422
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Only two of 37 UK andrology laboratories that were surveyed comply with all the World Health Organization's recommendations for sperm testing, reports a new study. The recommendations were introduced six years ago.

    “These results illustrate an urgent need for education and training initiatives to encourage laboratories to become compliant with current WHO guidelines for sperm morphology assessment,” says the report, which was published online ahead of print publication on 29 July in Human Reproduction (doi: 10.1093/humrep/dei230).

    It says, “The lack of compliance with WHO methodology described in this report is …

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