Parents hoping to choose the gender of their baby in Australia will have to look elsewhere.
Last year, it was reported that gender selection for non-medical purposes could soon be legal in Australia.
However, The National Health and Medical Research Council on Thursday released the 2017 ART guidelines for clinical practice and research and determined the procedure could limit the “quality of life” of the child.
"Sex selection techniques may not be used unless it is to reduce the risk of transmission of a genetic condition, disease or abnormality that would severely limit the quality of life of the person who would be born,” the guidelines state according to AAP.
Mark Bowman, medical director of Genea fertility and former president of the Fertility Society of Australia told the publication the decision was “ludicrous”.
“This is a bunch of people who don’t want something simply because they don’t like it, not because there isn’t a genuine need or demand in Australia.”
It's up to the states to approve gender selection
News.com.au reports some clinics might still be able to perform the procedure if a state or territory approves the practice as part of a loop hole.
The laws of gender selection in Australia
If the new laws were passed, couples would be able to select the gender of their third or fourth baby, for example, if they already have two girls and are seeking a boy.
Currently, only couples with medical reasons can choose the sex of their embryos when undergoing IVF.
A single round of IVF costs around $10,000 in Australia but many couples are heading to Asia or the US where they are paying between $30,000 and $50,000 to undergo gender selection IVF.