Council member, James Crabtree, has been the workhorse behind this project, following some concerning revelations at the December 2022 BEVA Advanced Reproduction Discussion Forum. A poll about semen and embryo storage tank failures showed that 20% of the respondents had experienced a tank issue resulting in the loss of semen and embryos. This was a far greater number than had been predicted and indicated a serious issue which needed addressing.
James has created a survey for BEVA AI List members which mirrors similar research done in human cryogenic storage facilities, in quantifying the rate of semen and embryo storage cryogenic tank failures and identify the issues leading to significant and/or critical events.
We hope to use this data as a benchmark, and it will likely result in the creation of guidance and resources to help our members minimise such critical and adverse events. We also hope to liaise with insurers, so that they understand what standard operating practices are within our industry and what insurance cover needs to provide.
The survey is currently being reviewed by the RCVS Ethical Review Panel, then once approved we will be in contact with those practices.