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Apply now for the 2023 online ESHRE certification exam

Applying for ESHRE online certification is now open, the courses found under Education above where designed with this certification in mind.

"In line with good clinical practice, today's Clinical Embryologists require a foundation to prepare for and adapt to the new technologies and understand the relevance and application of advances in the field of medically assisted reproduction. One way to demonstrate dedication to high professional standards is to obtain certification to a specific level of expertise and knowledge. The professional status of a Clinical Embryologist who works according to standards at an internationally recognised level has thus become imperative.


This is your opportunity to become an internationally recognised certified Clinical Embryologist.


The 2023 ESHRE exam for certification of Clinical Embryologists will take place online on Saturday 3 June 2023.


Applications are now open and will be available until 2 December 2022 (or until maximum capacity is reached). There are a limited number of spaces, so don’t wait too long to submit your application."




2022 – August 19

Invitation to
General Assembly
Ordinary General Assembly of the Nordic Fertility Society

Friday August 19th 2022, 15:00-16:00 NFS 2022 Helsinki


  1. Opening of the meeting – Marjut Otala
  2. Election of chairman and secretary for the meeting
  3. Election of two auditors
  4. NFS President’s report from the NFS board
  5. Presentation of the five national representatives (S, F, N, DK, Ic)
  6. NFS economy 2019-2022 The treasurer’s report and budget – Astrid Helene Sydtveit
  7. Discharge from liability to the board members and chairman for 2019-2022
  8. Election of the new NFS president
  9. The Board suggests new By-laws;
    1. In case the society possesses a credit card, it will be under the name of the treasurer of the Nordic Fertility Society. The treasurer is responsible for the use of the credit card and will agree on the payments with the president of the society. If the treasurer changes, she/he will inform the bank of this change and the new treasurer will become the card holder. Both the president and the treasurer are authorized to sign for the society.
    2. In case an on-site biannual meeting and/or general assembly cannot be held due to a force majeure situation, alternative solutions can be used, for example a virtual NFS meeting and/or general assembly can be arranged.
  10. Matters arising


NFS 2022 Helsinki

XVI Nordic Fertility Society Congress

Helsinki August 18 th - 20 th 2022

Dear Colleague
After a long wait and struggle with Covid-19, we are happy to announce that the XXVI Nordic Fertility Society Congress will take place on August 18th to 20th , 2022 in Helsinki, Finland.

The meeting will offer a high-quality scientific program and excellent social program. You are finally able to meet your Nordic colleagues and other ART professionals.

The congress venue is the beautiful Marina Congress Center located in the heart of the city. The congress center provides excellent facilities for the meeting and exhibition. You will meet the exhibitors during the coffee and lunch breaks.

Looking forward to seeing you in Helsinki.

You are warmly welcome!

NFS 2022 Meeting Local Organizing Committee

NFS 2022 Preliminary program

Online registration (opening soon)

The beginning of a beautiful friendship

New England Fertility Society


Thursday, October 28th, 2021

12-1:30 (EST), 6:00-7:30pm (CET), 7:00-8:30pm (EET)

Please register HERE:

“The beginning of a beautiful friendship: Inaugural virtual meeting of the Nordic Fertility Society and the New England Fertility Society”. 

An exciting opportunity to exchange perspectives and ideas between the clinics represented by the NEFS and NFS.

Speakers include:

PGT-A and other “add on” services to IVF: similarities and differences between the clinics represented by NEFS and NFS.

  • Dr. Søren Ziebe (NFS- Denmark)
  • Dr. Emily Seidler (NEFS- Massachusetts)

A Day in the life of IVF clinics: similarities and differences between the clinics represented by NEFS and NFS.

  • Dr. Anja Bisgaard-Pinborg (NFS- Denmark)
  • Dr. Kersti Lundin (NFS- Sweden)
  • Dr. Dan Grow (NEFS- Connecticut)
  • Dr. Alison Bartolucci (NEFS- Connecticut)

For more information contact: Evelyn Neuber ( or Marjut Otala (

Webinar: Andrology

Date: February 3rd, 2021
Time: 15:00–16:30 (Sweden time; CET; UTC+01:00),
16:00–17:30 (in Baltic countries, UTC+02:00)

Nordic Fertility Society
Baltic Fertility Society ORGANIZING

Marjut Otala and Antti Perheentupa (NFS)
Andres Salumets and Zivile Cerkiene (BFS)

MF2021 Invitation

Webinar: Female Fertility Preservation

You are most welcome to the first-time-ever joint Nordic Fertility Society and Baltic Fertility Society webinar. Participation is free. Welcome to listen to the outstanding leading experts

Date: November 11th, 2020
Time: 15:00–16:30 (Swedish time; CET; UTC+01:00)



14:45–15:00 Attendees Welcome
Moderator: President of Baltic Fertility Society Professor Andres Salumets

15:00–15:30 Indications of freezing ovarian tissue beyond fertility preservation in cancer patients.
Professor Claus Yding Andersen

15:30–16:00 First-line cancer treatment on the follicle quality in cryopreserved ovarian samples from girls and young women.
Associate Professor Pauliina Damdimopoulou

16:00–16:30 Investigation of the efficacy and safety of fertility preservation.
Professor Kenny Rodriguez-Wallberg

Official language: English

The webinar is intended for Obstetrics and Gynecologists, Embryologists, Andrologists, Biologists, Laboratory Technicians, Nurses and other Specialists in IVF, Infertility Specialists


Price: Free of charge


Please register at

The platform is live and you will be able to present questions to the speakers.

See you soon!

Organizing Committee
Marjut Otala and Antti Perheentupa (NFS)
Andres Salumets and Zivile Cerkiene (BFS)

Letter to the members of NFS

Dear Member of the Nordic Fertility Society,


The past weeks have been most exceptional in the world and almost daily adaptation to the new and evolving situation has been necessary. The Nordic IVF community has been carefully monitoring the official advice from professional societies and the authorities of their own country. The situation has affected the field heavily, as most of the IVF clinics and units of reproductive medicine have followed the advice to postpone all planned pregnancies. Those still operating take a precautionary approach to assisted reproduction to maintain social distancing and take measures to educate and advice patients in order to protect all medical resources. Due to the rapid developments on COVID-19, there is great concern over the future of the field of IVF. Despite the current situation, the need for highly trained and skilled IVF personnel will remain.


The Nordic Fertility Society has already expressed its deep concern regarding the declining birth rates in the Nordics. On January 2020, NFS finalized a statement calling for immediate action for preventive initiatives on declining fertility rates in the Nordic Countries. The statement was sent to the Nordic Ministers of Health as well as the Nordic Council of Ministers. We are hoping for the statement to be a help for initiatives launched in the Nordic Countries aiming at addressing prevention of reproductive diseases. The effect of COVID-19 on the birth rates remains to be seen, but it may be anticipated that there is a continuing strong need for this type of action.


During these times of social distancing, meeting and communicating with colleagues and patients has taken new forms. Working groups, consultations, meetings and even workshops and congresses are held online. We are gradually learning, both mentally and technically, to take part in web-based platforms. We do not have to give up on education and learning. Quite the contrary! In this regard, NFS is proud to be able to offer its members on-line education. NFS Education Courses were originally designed to prepare nurses and midwives and embryologists for the ESHRE Certification Examination. However, it should be stressed that the lectures have been repeatedly evaluated to be of high quality and could be beneficial also for those not planning to take the exam, as well as for doctors entering the field of reproductive medicine.


The NFS Education Course has been divided into three parts (offered in three different courses in consecutive years) to be able to cover the entire ESHRE examination curriculum. The videoed lectures are available on the NFS web pages for all NFS members, free of charge. Just to clarify, if you are a member of the fertility society of your own country, you automatically are a member of the NFS. We cordially invite you to watch the videos. In case you are not a member of the fertility society of your own country, please become one!


The board of the NFS is in the process of deciding about the future of the education courses. We have been given some good suggestions from the attendees from previous years on how to proceed and those have been taken into serious consideration. We hope to be able to offer free education in the future also!

Looking further into the future, we are excited to announce the next NFS Congress, which will be held in Helsinki on 26th to 28th of August in 2021. Please save the date! The local committee is already working hard to be able to offer you an excellent and interesting educational program. You will be able to meet friends and colleagues from all Nordic countries, as well as the top speakers. Not to forget the fun social program! If you have suggestions for topics you would like to hear more about, please send them to your national representative or any member of the board. There is still time to influence the final program. Calls for abstracts will be announced as we approach the congress.


During this COVID-19 outbreak, our thoughts are with you, your families, our patients and everyone impacted by the virus. We all are crucial in minimizing the spread of this pandemic. What we need the most is collaboration, compassion and responsibility, to take us through into the future. Take care of yourself and the people around you!


Marjut Otala

President of NFS


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