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Sperm retrieval after death

An in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) organisation must be involved to retrieve sperm from a deceased person. Queensland Health cannot recommend specific IVF organisations or advise what services an organisation provides. You can find an IVF organisation by contacting your GP, fertility specialist or via the internet.


In consultation with the State Coroner, we have prepared Interim guidelines for removing sperm from deceased men for IVF (DOC, 250KB). These guidelines have been created to help anyone wanting to arrange removal of sperm from a deceased family member for the purpose of IVF, and include references to legislation and appropriate contacts.

The previous guidelines were removed from the website following a decision of the Supreme Court of Queensland on 20 June 2018.

Last updated: 4 September 2018