ACE consensus meeting report: Oocyte and embryo cryopreservation Sheffield 17.05.11

Daniel Brison, Rachel Cutting, Helen Clarke, Maureen Wood

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The UK Association of Clinical Embryologists (ACE) held a consensus workshop on Oocyte and Embryo Cryopreservation in Sheffield, UK, on May 17th, 2011. This was organized in response to a number of considerations including the increasing prevalence of vitrification for oocyte and embryo cryopreservation in the UK and worldwide, coupled with an apparent lack of consensus over which methods of cryopreservation are optimal. The workshop included expert opinion and survey data on current practice provided by participating clinics. The workshop highlighted that an increasing number of clinics in the UK are choosing vitrification rather than controlled rate freezing, particularly for the storage of oocytes and blastocysts. It was evident that a variety of solutions are used in conjunction with open and closed containers. Data supplied by the participating clinics suggest that both freezing and vitrification can lead to similar outcomes in early embryos and blastocysts and at the moment there is no evidence base to recommend either method over the other. The delegates arrived at a number of consensus points which reflected current practice in the UK, but recognized the need for well-designed trials with careful follow up of the children born before optimal methods can be agreed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-74
Number of pages6
JournalHuman Fertility
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


  • Cryopreservation
  • embryo
  • oocyte


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