The purpose of this Act is to amend the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 —
(a) to permit the Patient Review Panel, in exceptional circumstances, to extend storage periods for gametes and embryos without the written approval of the person who produced the gametes or a person who produced gametes from which the embryo was formed; and
(b) to permit the Patient Review Panel, in exceptional circumstances, to extend storage periods for gametes and embryos if the storage period has expired; and
(c) to provide for a 20-year storage period for gametes obtained from a child or from an adult certified as at risk of premature infertility; and
(d) to provide that gametes and embryos kept in storage on commencement of this Act are lawfully stored despite expiry of the storage period; and
(e) to allow time for removal of gametes and embryos from storage after the storage period expires; and
(f) to alter the constitution of the Patient Review Panel and make other amendments to improve its operation.