POINTS OF EXCELLENCE

1. Proven Commitment to Quality

Embryolab is one of the few units in Greece and Europe to develop a Quality Management System adapted to the IVF requirements. It has set up an internal Quality Management Office to monitor the strict implementation of these standards for critical clinical, laboratory, nursing and administrative procedures in each sector, delivering flawless care to every couple or individual honouring us with their trust.The global scientific community acknowledges our innovative Quality Management System. Global  executive IVF scientists and IVF Unit managers participated in international Workshops organised by the Embryolab Academy  in 2014 in Thessaloniki on “Quality Management in IVF laboratories” in order to improve their knowledge of contemporary international quality standards. The Argentine Ministry of Health together with the Univerity of Buenos Aires invited Embryolab and Embryolab Academy Scientists to organise jointly the Annual IVF Symposium in Buenos Aires around theTotal Quality Management in IVF.Since 2007, Embryolab has implemented a total quality management system. This is certified annually according to ISO 9001 by the international organisation Bureau Veritas. It is implemented in all medical, laboratory, nursing and administrative procedures.For Embryolab, the certification of the Total Quality Management system according to the international model ISO 9001:2008 is more than an obligation or a procedure. It is an instrument applied in everyday practice for constant improvement of our services.Furthermore, Embryolab’s total quality management system reflects our commitment to provide high-quality services in the field of Assisted Reproduction in a friendly and humane manner. The services offered must be very effective, leading to the desired pregnancy with absolute safety and thus producing high success rates in bringing healthy children into the world.In order to meet its commitment, the unit has established an internal Total Quality Management office.This ensures: • The provision of optimum conditions for all medical operations through a highly professional and trained scientific team. • The implementation of correct laboratory processes according to international standards, making the unit’s laboratory one of the most modern and reliable in Europe.For single women and couples who choose Embryolab, certification according to ISO 9001:2008 means that we: • Provide them with the most up-to-date, reliable and effective scientific approach • Continuously maintain our equipment • Continuously train our staff • Care for, respect and provide for women, putting their health and safety first • Ensure absolute discretion and confidentiality • Work together to ensure our efforts deliver the best result • Evaluate their needs and communicate with them effectively • Provide reliable laboratory results • Suggest the fastest and safest way to achieve a pregnancyEmbryolab’s scientific and administrative team aims at successful results respecting the dreams and needs of all the people involved. Our certified Total Quality Management system, highly trained medical and administrative staff and our high-tech laboratory equipment produce the highest rates of successful pregnancies recorded at the Unit. These are the main reasons why more and more couples choose our team to achieve a pregnancy.

2. Innovative Non-invasive Embryo Culture Technique

Culture and development conditions for the embryo are crucial for delivering the desired result.Embryoscope® is a revolutionary embryo incubation system, approved worldwide as a modern and recommended system for cultivating and developing embryos. It features integrated cameras that automatically download photos from the moment of oocyte fertilisation until the day of embryo transfer.Image capturing generates a time-lapse video, giving our embryologists all key information on the morphological characteristics of the embryos during their development.Another important benefit of using Embryoscope is that the embryo stays in a stable and secure environment and we can observe it inside the incubator. This ensures harmonious embryo development, as we avoid exposure of the embryo, such as changing the temperature and pH, which could have a negative effect on embryo development.The innovative aspect of this system is that it enables embryologists at Embryolab to make a robust evaluation of the embryos, as well as giving them the option to select the most viable ones, unlike conventional development systems applied in IVF. The result is increasing the probability of pregnancy significantly, even for couples with past failures at implantation level. See also: Embryoscope

3. Traceability of all Processes with the Innovative MATCHER Electronic Witnessing System

Embryolab is the first IVF Unit in Greece and one of the first worldwide to introduce the Matcher® system. This is a cutting-edge electronic witnessing and monitoring system that ensures the traceability, identification and photographic recording of all laboratory processes, thus documenting the safety of all steps.See also: Matcher System

4. Advanced Internationally Acknowledged Training and Know-how of Scientists

Embryolab has always believed in the constant improvement of its staff’s knowledge and skills in all sectors - science, nursing and administration –through ongoing training programmes. Embryolab’s scientific team is constantly learning about global developments in technological and scientific innovations and is participating in key international conferences.Embryolab is making important contributions to promoting global awareness of IVF science. Through its educational workshops and conferences, the international non-profit organisation Embryolab Academy has helped to disseminate new innovative practices and methods and train embryologists, gynaecologists and geneticists from around the world. See also:Embryolab Academy

5. Leading Success Rates according to International Indicators

Embryolab strictly implements the rules followed by other international IVF units regarding the processing and publication of statistical success indicators. Embryolab’s success rates are among the highest in the world, both in aggregate and per age group and per individual donation of genetic material and preimplantation genetic diagnosis.Correct interpretation of statistical data presented by an IVF Unit:An IVF Unit is always rated by its pregnancy results! A natural consequence of this is the worldwide trend to present the highest possible statistical results, aiming to attract a larger number of infertile couples. For the correct interpretation of a Unit’s results, it is very important to take into consideration all the cycles of each age group and each personal health profile. Embryolab does not reject any case, however complex it might be, because all women and couples have the right to become parents. In statistical analysis, it is extremely important to take into account pregnancies of healthy children, not only positive pregnancy tests.The parameters you should consider in the appraisal of statistical success rates are: -The number of IVF cycles: the larger the sample the more representative and reliable the result. The published rates also state the absolute numbers. -The mean age of the women: it shows how selective a Unit is regarding the cases it selects. -The rate of pregnancies per age group (30-35, 35-40, 40-45, etc.,): this more accurately classifies an interested party in relation to the overall mean -The cancelation rate: transparently shows the rate of cases that did not complete the treatment, which is important to know in advance. -Annual updating of statistics. -The rate of positive pregnancy tests does not equal the actual birth rate: some women with positive pregnancy tests have a miscarriage. -The rate of multiple pregnancies: reflects the numbers of embryos implanted and the units’ policy relating to the prevention of obstetric complications. -Special categories of IVF must provide the birth rates and health details of new-borns - for pre-implant diagnostics, for example.See also: Our results

6. Personalised Approach to Clinical and Laboratory Applications

Each couple and each person has different needs. In IVF, there are no one fits-all solutions. Embryolab’s scientific team investigates the causes of infertility before selecting the appropriate therapeutic course, which in some cases may be natural conception. Embryolab possesses proven expertise and experience in adjusting clinical and laboratory protocols to the specifics of each individual, in every step of the process and with great accuracy, aiming to the best result.

7. State-of-the-art Medical and Laboratory Equipment

The science of assisted reproduction is constantly evolving and requires investing in high technology for detailed observation and selection of oocytes and sperm, as well as for embryo laboratory cultures. Embryolab is one of the first units to invest in advanced technology to improve the efficiency of assisted reproduction procedures.Amongst other things, Embryolab has invested in: •    State-of-the-art incubators with triple control and input air systems - oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, ensuring optimal culture conditions in a stable environment. •    Video recording systems of embryos for the continuous monitoring of development and therefore more accurate selection of embryos with the highest pregnancy probability. •    Specialised laser systems for the particular application of high-precision processes on embryos. •    Advanced microscope optical systems (IMSI) for the best selection of spermatozoa in order to optimise the father’s influence in the development of the embryo. •    New-generation ultrasound equipment, which few IVF units in the world have, to show important details about the number, volume and perfusion of follicles.Finally, at Embryolab, we systematically renew and constantly upgrade our laboratory equipment. We ensure we are at the cutting edge of global technology and can instantly offer these benefits to the couples who choose us. See also: Top Laboratories 4D ultrasounds Embryolab Innovation 

8. Specialisation and Dedication to Mild Stimulation Protocols
Embryolab’s clinical team is highly experienced in the collection of oocytes and embryos with increased implantation potential for even better results.
9. Highly Efficient Oocyte and Embryo Cryopreservation Programmes

Embryolab is one of the first assisted reproduction units worldwide to implement successfully innovative protocols for embryo and oocyte cryopreservation by vitrification. This highly efficient programme ensures high survival rates and pregnancies after successful thawing. The success of this programme reflects the advanced laboratory expertise developed by Embryolab’s team. We teach this cryopreservation technique to many scientists around the world through our Embryolab Academy educational programme.See also: Women’s fertility preservation: oocyte cryopreservation by vitrification Embryo cryopreservation by vitrification Embryolab Academy Activities

10. Specialised programmes for treating azoospermia and the application of the IMSI technique

Since 1995, Embryolab’s scientific team has become highly experienced in both investigation and counselling for azoospermia, and in implementing micro-surgical procedures and specific laboratory techniques to improve the probability of finding spermatozoa.When sperm morphology is of low quality, the IMSI technique is preferred. It enables the selection of healthy spermatozoa. This also avoids the use of morphologically degraded sperm, which are hard to distinguish under a conventional microscope.See also: Examination and Treatment of male fertility issues IMSI: the new and improved application of ICSI

11. Preimplantation Diagnosis Programme in Practice

Embryolab’s laboratory team is highly experienced in pre-implantation diagnosis methods. Embryolab recently published an 8-year-study showing impressive clinical findings in pre-implantation diagnosis. This method is recommended for couples who are carriers of a genetic disease, such as thalassaemia and cystic fibrosis. Couples with such a genetic disorder need to check their embryos before starting a pregnancy, to avoid an interruption of pregnancy, or giving birth to a child diagnosed with a genetic disease.Pre-implantation diagnosis can also be applied in cases where the woman's age is associated with an increased risk of abnormal embryos or where there has been a history of recurrent miscarriages due to chromosomal abnormalities. Embryolab’s pre-implantation diagnosis programme follows strict clinical and laboratory protocols. This highly efficient programme leads to a high birth rate of healthy babies.See also: Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

12. Advanced Genetic Counselling

Embryolab is one of the few IVF Units with an internal Genetic Counselling Department. They provide interpretations of genetic test results and the determination of the probability of obtaining healthy offspring, which is important information for couples who have an increased risk of producing genetically abnormal oocytes or sperm.See also: Genetic Counselling Specific genetic tests

13. Holistic Approach to Fertility: Specialised Psychological and Nutritional Support Programmes and Acupuncture

Embryolab offers special psychological support and counselling, nutritional support and acupuncture for couples during IVF. Assisted reproduction benefits of the combination of several complementary disciplines. It is a founding principle of Embryolab to provide comprehensive services to every couple placing their trust in us.See also: Psychological Support and Advice Nutritional Support and Advice Acupuncture

14. Strict Standards for Donation Programmes

The donation of genetic material for IVF is widely used with great results. This can be sperm donation, egg donation or embryo donation. The procedure requires thorough testing of both donors and recipients.For egg donors, the tests includes both the assessment of their fertility and their clinical and psychological condition. The legal framework in Greece for the donation of genetic material is one of the most favourable in Europe. The legislation, combined with the high quality services provided by Embryolab and the high success rates, make donation a safe and effective fertility treatment.Embryolab has set up an egg donation programme, designed to ensure maximum effectiveness with high security and care. This is achieved by setting specific criteria: • Only women younger than 30 years old can become donors. • All candidate donors undergo detailed medical, gynaecological, genetic and psychological tests, to document their good physical, reproductive and mental health. • All donors selected sign specific consent forms, as provided by Greek Legislation, which certify that they agree to become egg donors and that they acknowledge the anonymity required by the programme. • Both the phenotypic characteristics of the recipient and the blood groups of the couple are taken into account when selecting the right donor. • Supported by the Greek legislation, which ensures the anonymity of this invaluable action and by Embryolab's well-trained scientific staff, donors can feel safe and enjoy extensive care at each step of the process. • Only mild stimulation schemes are applied to ensure eggs of high quality and effectiveness. • If the donor fails to respond satisfactorily to the medication, the attempt is stopped and is started again with a new donor, at no extra charge to the couple. • At the end of the process, the couple will receive a health certificate of the donor, stating her age and all the tests she has undergone.Embryolab’s egg donation programme ensures very high pregnancy rates, leading to the fulfilment of the most important dream, motherhood!See also: High-standard Donor Programmes

15. A Positive, Serene, Contemporary and Humane Environment

Embryolab is founded to fulfil the dream of its founders of making their knowledge available to people facing infertility problems. Their smiles and warmth reflect their care and respect for the people who trust them, because everyone has the right to dream.