Sperm Donor Screening

All donors have been selected and screened according to Cryos extensive quality assurance, operational procedures and policies for donor recruitment, assessment and screening.

All straws which meet a certain Cryos Standard also meet the specific requirements in force at the time of donation, regarding screening, quarantine, age and anonymity. Read more about Standards under FAQ.

Donor candidates complete a comprehensive medical questionnaire and participate in an interview with set questions aimed at rejecting candidates with risk behaviour and symptoms of disease.

In addition to this, a thorough physical examination of the candidate is carried out, and blood and urine samples are tested for a number of hereditary and infectious diseases according to legal requirements at the time of registration for the Standard in question. Candidates with a family history of serious hereditary mental and physical diseases are rejected. Furthermore, the donors are screened for normal karyotype.

Finally, a health assessment is conducted prior to approving the candidate. Approved donors are tested for infectious diseases on an ongoing basis for the full duration of the donation period.

Despite this thorough selection and screening procedure, the risk of having a child with a medical condition cannot be eliminated. A Summary of Records, containing test results and Standard release information, is attached to the order confirmation as well as included in all shipments. The Summary of Records is subject to change over time.

How we handle a discovered genetic condition in a donor or a child:

Donor or donor child disease discovered and reported to Cryos

Donor is removed instantly and put on hold during analysis and investigation. The donor cannot be shipped during this period.


Donor cannot be the cause – the donor is released again

Conclusion: Donor might be the cause – investigation continues

The condition is registered on the donor’s files and Summary of Records. Consent must be signed before use. The donor can only be shipped for sibling treatments.

Donor cannot be the cause – the donor is released again