National commission looking at surrogacy and parenthood

A national commission has assessed the need for Dutch legislation on surrogacy in the Netherlands.

National commission on parenthood

In 2014 the government set up a national commission to review parenthood. On 7 December 2016 the commission presented its report entitled Parents and children in the 21st century (in Dutch) to the Minister of Security and Justice.

Surrogacy legislation

One of the national commission’s recommendations was that rules on surrogacy should be laid down by law. This law should ensure due care during the gestation period and respect for the human dignity of both surrogate mother and child. From the moment of birth, the law must provide legal certainty about a child’s parents, nationality and name, and about who has parental authority. This would clarify the position and responsibilities of the surrogate mother and intended parents in regard to the child.