Practice

Praxis

Profile of the practice

Our group practice is in close proximity to Munich’s Marienplatz.

The Centre of Reproductive Medicine in Munich has been specialised in all forms of treatment for involuntary childlessness since 1987. We practice all forms of assisted reproduction techniques (ART). 

These include: in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

Our practice guarantees a treatment at the highest level both in terms of the results and in terms of the quality assurance measures, see e.g. 1999 and 2006.

  • 1999 

    Our medical centre was certified for the first time in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001, and has been successfully recertified every 3 years since then.

    2006

    The accreditation of the ART and hormone laboratory in accordance with DIN EN ISO IEC 17025:2005 and DIN EN ISO 15189:2003 (valid until 31st January 2009) for testing laboratories as the only centre for reproductive medicine in Bavaria to date.

    2014

    Our medical centre was inspected by the regional government of Upper Bavaria and authorisation in accordance with Sections 20 b and 20 c of the German Medicinal Products Act (AMG) (PDF) was granted for the procurement of tissues, for the laboratory testing necessary for the procurement of the tissues, for the processing, preservation and testing of testing of tissues or preparations made from tissues, as well as for the storage of tissues or preparations made from tissues.

    TRUST is very important to us. For the duration of the therapy, each couple will be supported by their own personal medical contact, responsible for all the stages of the treatment.  

    We offer our patients the greatest possible transparency with respect to the success rate of our therapy. The annual reports give an insight into the treatment statistics.

Timeline

2015

Approval as a PGD centre (centre for pre-implantation genetic diagnosis) is granted by the State Ministry for Health and and Healthcare on 2nd July 2015 for our centre along with Dr Claudia Nevinny-Stickel-Hinzpeter (Human Genetics, Munich).

2013

Establishment of the medical centre “Reproductive Medicine in Munich” including laboratory medicine

2012

Embryoscope: cell culture with “time lapse” monitoring
Member of the network FertiProtekt (ART in the case of oncological diseases)
”Social freezing” Vitrification of unfertilised egg cells (preservation of fertility)

  • 2011

    Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) by array CGH (elimination of chromosomal aneuploidies) - cooperation with Dr. Nevinny-Stickel
    Vitrification (cryopreservation) of blastocysts with 95% survival rate.

    2010

    Renovation: Operating theatre and registration on 4th floor

    2009

    Annual interim audit (monitoring procedure) by LGA InterCert acc. DIN EN ISO 9001:2008, including KryoDat GmbH

    Renovation: ART laboratory in clean room laboratory, 
                 Registration on 5th floor

    2008

    Third recertification of the entire practice in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001:2000

    Ovulation induction with agonist for high responders: no OHSS in now more than 1000 cycles!

    Start of IMSI (intra-cytoplasmic morphologically selected sperm injection) with Leica AM 6000 microscope

    2007

    Member of the Munich-based network Mediplex:
    Cooperation of medical specialists from all disciplines in Munich
    www.mediplex-muenchen.com

    2006

    As the first IVF centre in Bavaria, the areas of the ART laboratory and the hormone laboratory are accredited in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and DIN EN ISO 15189:2003 (valid until 31st January 2009).

    The medical staff plays a decisive role in drawing up the contract regarding “the Integrated Provision of Reproductive Medicine in Bavaria” between the Bavarian practitioners of reproductive medicine and the Bavarian State Association of Company Health Insurance Funds.
    Integrated Provision of ART (Excerpt from the contract)

    2005

    Second recertification of the entire practice in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001:2000
    Online portal for patients opened.
    eGravidarium, a pregnancy calculated designed by Dr. Ulrich Noss, goes online.
    Start of use of antagonist stimulation protocols, currently 80 % of all ART cycles

    2004

    Birth Report ART, an annual report by the practice about the children born using reproduction techniques, is published for the first time.

    2002

    First recertification of the entire practice in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001:2000

    1999

    Certification of the group practice with the Centre for Reproductive Medicine in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001:2000.

    1998

    The practice’s first annual report regarding the results of the ART treatment.
    In accordance with the Bavarian IVF Centres’ Initiative, only two embryos are transferred for women under 36.
    Quality management in accordance with ISO 9001

    1997

    For the first time in Germany, the practice performs embryo transfers exclusively on the fifth day (irrespective of the embryo development). Blastocysts are transferred in stimulated and in natural cycles.

    1996

    Routine cryopreservation of pronucleus egg cells. The centre cooperates with the Department of Dermatology and Urology at the University Hospital in Munich in the routine use of TESE, PESA and cryo-TESE in the case of azoospermia.
    The medical staff starts with ICSI in a natural cycle; now, the method has been practised in more than one thousand cycles.
    Blastocyst culture, for the first time in Germany, consistent in all ART cycles

    1995

    IVF and ICSI in natural cycles (“ivf naturelle” more than 2000 cycles to date)

    1994

    Start of cryopreservation of 2PN cells (slow freezing)

    1993

    Intracytoplasmic sperm injection is performed for the first time in Germany in the Centre for Reproductive Medicine; this enables the first German ICSI baby to be born in November 1993. (No other centre in Germany performed ICSI earlier than this, leading to the birth of a child, even if this has been claimed on some websites!)

    1992

    In cooperation with professor Karl Sterzik (Ulm), the medical team gather experience in subzonal insemination (SUZI). The method does not lead to birth, but prepares the way for intracytoplasmic sperm injection.
    Dr Noss shadows Dr G.P. Palermo in the ICSI laboratory of the Department of Gynaecology at the University Hospital in Brussels during one of the world’s first ICSI treatments.

    1987

    Dr Walter Bollmann, Dr Thomas Brückner and Dr Ulrich Noss establish the gynaecological group practice with the Centre for Reproductive Medicine in Munich.
    Assisted reproduction techniques (ART) are practised:

    • intrauterine insemination,
    • gamete intrafallopian tube transfer (GIFT) and
    • in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

    The hormonal stimulation is routinely performed as a long and short protocol with down regulation for all ART cycles.