IFFS Surveillance

The IFFS Surveillance is a triennial survey, initiated in 1998 by Drs. Howard Jones, Jr. and Jean Cohen, assessing practices of assisted reproductive technology (ART) at the global level. IFFS invites representatives from the global ART community to forward the details of reproductive policy and practice in their home country via a proprietary electronic platform. Responses are analyzed by an appointed Surveillance Committee and published in Global Reproductive Health. This unique report attests to the evolution of the practice of ART, local and regional differences, and the continued international collaboration that has characterized the field since its inception.

To learn more about the Surveillance Committee and to inquire about survey participation, click here.


The 2019 Surveillance was supported in part by an unrestricted educational grant from Cryos International ApS. IFFS thanks Cryos for this support. 

The triennial Surveillance project, initiated in 1998 by Drs. Howard Jones, Jr and Jean Cohen, continues to evolve, now with a new name, the International Federation of Fertility Societies’ Surveillance (IFFS) 2019: Global Trends in Reproductive Policy and Practice, 8th Edition. The new name more accurately reflects the scope and focus of the project, and makes the report more accessible to a global audience, particularly those seeking this information online. 

The 2019 version has several major changes. Some chapters have been expanded, and some topics have been combined to eliminate redundancies. The number of chapters has been reduced from 24 to 18, but all previous topics and questions have been retained.


International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) Surveillance 2016 represents several milestones. 

Surveillance 2016 serves as the first edition of the new online IFFS journal, Global Reproductive Health. Surveillance 2016 represents a broader joint effort of the IFFS and World Health Organization (WHO) in association with the IFFS status as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in official relations with WHO. WHO representatives participated in the reorganization and reformatting of the 2012 questionnaire and expansion of the database of contacts among global public health officials and experts in order to supplement the pre-existing Surveillance contact list. We anticipate, that as we fulfill our responsibilities in our relations with WHO, that our joint activities in subsequent editions will likely continue to expand. 

Surveillance Archives

IFFS Surveillance 2013

IFFS Surveillance 2010

IFFS Surveillance 2007

IFFS Surveillance 2004