About IETS

The International Embryo Technology Society (formerly the International Embryo Transfer Society) was formed in 1974 in Denver, Colorado, USA, to serve as a professional forum for the exchange of information among practitioners, scientists, educators, regulatory officials, livestock breeders, suppliers of drugs and equipment, and students. The purpose of the IETS is to further the science of animal embryo technology by promoting more effective research, disseminating scientific and educational information, fostering high standards of education, maintaining high standards of ethics, and cooperating with other organizations that have similar objectives.

Members of the Society are engaged in the practice of embryo transfer in a variety of species, and in research on embryo production, transgenesis and cloning, on mechanisms regulating embryo development, and on development following embryo transfer. Species studied include domesticated and laboratory animals, and endangered species.

Position Statement of the IETS

The International Embryo Technology Society (IETS) encourages and strongly supports freedom to conduct research on animal "cloning" by somatic cell nuclear transfer and related techniques using embryonic, fetal, and adult animal cells. The IETS believes that such research will provide avenues to improved understanding of the genetic regulation of development and should ultimately result in improved health, welfare, and reproductive efficiency of animals.

The Board of Governors of the IETS
March, 7th, 2003
Reaffirmed on January 5, 2007

Based on the scientific evidence, and based on the conclusion of the European Food Safety Agency and the US FDA that there is no scientifically proven safety concern for food derived from clones and offspring of clones and their products, there is no necessity to label products from clones or offspring of clones.

The Board of Governors of the IETS
January 10, 2012