An IVF setup must have appropriate functionalities to mitigate any hazardous effects upon oocytes, sperms or embryos, and ensure good laboratory practice. The laboratory should be placed next to the operating room where clinical procedures are performed. When commissioning the IVF laboratory, the most recent developments in facilities, equipment and procedures should be considered.
Attention should be paid to ergonomics to provide a safe working environment that minimises the risk of distraction, fatigue and subsequently making a mistake. Taking into account local, national and International occupational health and safety requirements, considerations should include bench height, adjustable chairs, adequate work space per person, microscope eye height, efficient use of space and surfaces, adequate lighting and air-conditioning with controlled humidity and ambient temperature. More specifically: