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Privacy Policy


For years, CLI has acknowledged the many concerns associated with confidentiality and privacy issues related to utilizing anonymous donor sperm. Our experiences in this complex issue have led us to a strict policy of confidentiality and privacy in the relationship between the anonymous semen donor, the biological mother and the parenting spouse. At the same time, we are sensitive to the genuine desires of the adult child to retrieve knowledge concerning his/her biological legacy. Our Privacy Policy protects the confidentiality of all parties involved in donor insemination. It is CLI's Privacy Policy that:

  • We will not compromise the anonymity between the donor, the recipient, and resultant offspring.
  • The donor and recipient must execute agreements which dictate anonymity and confidentiality between all parties, as well as the rights and obligations of each participant.
  • We will, upon request, provide non-identifying donor information to the recipient to aid in the selection of the donor.
  • We will, upon physician request, attempt to obtain specific additional donor medical or genetic information and testing which may be deemed a medical necessity.
  • Documentation identifying the donor and recipient of donor sperm will never be placed in the same location or file. This prevents an inadvertent disclosure or breach of anonymity between participants to any unauthorized person(s).
  • Donor and recipient records will be maintained indefinitely.
  • Upon request to obtain further non-identifying donor information, we will make a reasonable effort to furnish that information, either from our records or by attempting to locate the donor. Location of the donor may incur search fees, etc.
  • CLI's anonymous semen donor program is currently a 100%, bilateral anonymous program. We understand and respect the desires of some parents and potentially the desires of the offspring in some future time to obtain identifying information on the donor; however, we currently have no plans in place to facilitate open communications between adult offspring and anonymous donors.
  • Because we are aware of the interest in using donors willing to be identified, CLI has established a category of donor sperm call ID Option donors. Only new donors to CLI will be candidates for this program. ID Option donors have agreed to allow contact with any registered offspring after his offspring reach 18 years of age. Please note that such contact will be allowed only if initiated by a donor's registered offspring who has reached the age of 18. Under no circumstances is the ID Option program for the release of a donor's identity to the recipient mother. Also, anonymous donors will always remain anonymous, and they will never become ID Option donors. Yet, patients can choose not to register or wait to register an offspring of an ID Option donor, waiting for their family situation to dictate their course of action. Therefore it is possible to have an ID Option donor remain anonymous if a family selects this option.

Contact with Donors

Cryogenic Laboratories, Inc staff is instructed to return calls and emails from all donors.  We recognize the importance of our relationships with our donors.  If a donor is attempting contact and not receiving a call back or email they should speak to Client Services who will direct them to the correct person.

We encourage all past donors to contact us and update their medical and personal information which will then be shared with clients as appropriate.  This will also allow us to confirm their identification, verify that their contact information is up to date, and clarify any medical issues via our Medical Director, a board certified Clinical Geneticist.  

Donor Information: Medical and Personal Profiles

The plethora of information that is now available on all donors was not available in the past.  Currently there are vast amounts of non-identifying information on all donors including Identity Options (ID) donors.  In fact anonymous and ID donors have all of the same medical and personal information available, the only difference is that when an ID Option donor is used there is the option for the offspring to contact the donor when they reach the age of 18. 


Annual Updates from Donors

We have a program that reaches out to past donors and allows them to easily update medical and personal information confidentially.  Donors who wish to update their information can contact Client Services and they will be directed to the laboratory staff that will assist them in this process.  We publish relevant updated information on the donor’s summary profile. 


CLI Family Forums

CLI now has the CLI Family Forums.  These wonderful forums are a popular way for clients to connect and share their experiences.  The Cryobank has set up the site and works to provide up to date information therefore, we believe this is the best source for clients to connect. 


Donor Numbers

As of January 1 2012, new donors are given the option of knowing their donor number. Clients purchasing donor sperm from donors who entered the program prior to January 1, 2012 purchased with the understanding that donors did not have access to their donor numbers and accordlingly old donor numbers are not released. It is important to consider and respect each donor and all recipients who use donor sperm.


Request to Release Identifying Information

We understand and respect the desire of many women, couples, and donor insemination (DI) offspring to know more about their donor.  However, it is important to acknowledge that there are also many women, couples, offspring, and families that do not want identifying information released as originally agreed.  It would not be ethical for us to compromise the agreements we made with all of the people involved from the donor to the recipient. 

We believe  it is the responsibility of the Cryobank to continue to gather updated non identifying medical and personal information from donors for as long as possible and to share that information with our clients.  We do this in a way that maintains the integrity of our original agreements and contracts. 

We have provided high quality donor sperm for more than 20 years that has led to the creation and growth of happy families.  We have continued to expand and update our portfolio of information on donors to address the growing needs of families that have resulted from the use of donor sperm.  It is for this reason that we work to update profiles and allow families to connect through forums. 

We respect and will uphold the agreements and contracts that were in place when a donor donated at the Cryobank.   There is always more than just one way to look at a situation and, we believe, we must respect and uphold the original agreements and contracts.  It is important to note that there are donors who chose to donate anonymously and families who chose an anonymous donor because of the anonymity.  It would be impossible to have all parties involved reach an unequivocal consensus to release identifying information, and therefore we honor the agreements in place. 

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