In 1991, the first Latin American Register of Assisted Reproduction (RLA) started. It was an initiative of Dr. Fernando Zegers-Hochschild, the first Executive Director of the Registro Latinoamericano de Reproducción Asistida (RLA), making possible that doctors and patients would have an instrument, which allow them to legitimate the efficiency of these treatments, in a scientific way. So, RLA was constituted, in a document of annual publication that, in the present time, permits to each centre that takes part in it to legitimate its results with a control of external quality, regional type.
After five years of annual publications, the Latin America community noticed the existence of enough maturity to start actions more complexes of training, extension and regional research. On November 1995, in Viña del Mar city, Chile, two representatives of each centre of RLA met and constituted the Red Latinoamericana de Reproducción Asistida (RED).The first meeting of the board of directors was held on 14th March 1996 in Santiago, Chile, and it was then that RED set its medium- and long-term goals. RED''s goals are as follows:
• Production and annual publication of the Registro Latinoamericano (RLA);
• Training and education for members through the Continuing Educational Programme;
• Distribution of technical and legal documents;
• Maintaining a quality control and accreditation programme for member centres;
• Coordination and, if possible, financing of multi-centre research projects.
In these years of the RED existence, the orders established in its constitution have been fully carried out. The RED has performed three multi-centered studies and four publications; moreover, it has developed several activities of Continued Doctoring Education, directed to the improvement of the Assisted Reproduction techniques results.
The RLA is the largest multinational Register of Assisted Reproduction.
We wish to keep growing in a harmonic and solidary way for the scientific community and the patient benefits, who have deposited their confidence in our professionals. With this philosophy, we launched on August 2003 the PEC Online, which aim is to provide to the scientific community of Latin America the improvement and interchange of knowledge applied to the Assisted Reproduction techniques.
• To be an organization of service and education for its members and for the scientific community.
• To identify new centres, in which the Assisted Reproduction procedures are done and to incentive their participation in the Latin American Register.
• To establish priorities of preparation in its respective areas and organize programmes of regional training.
• To facilitate and organize multi-centered programmes of research.
• To coordinate and participate of the accreditation processes of the RED centres able to promote training.
• To take the leadership to delineate issues related to Assisted Reproduction.