Regulation and Accountability
As the only fertility clinic in Nigeria with a Quality Management System (QMS) in place, The Bridge Clinic subscribes to a number of different regulations and has made itself accountable to variety of organisations.
In 2004 The Bridge Clinic became the very first fertility clinic in Nigeria to introduce a quality management system to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our patients. Today we are still the only clinic in Nigeria to have such a system in place.
The Bridge Clinic operates under internationally monitored accreditation and our quality management system is certified and regulated by Quality Austria. This has also made it possible for us to work closely and be affiliated to IVF Clinics Prof Zech.
European Tissue and Cells Directives (EUTCD)
The Bridge Clinic is the only fertility clinic in West Africa that meets European Union Tissue and Cells Directives (EUTCD). The purpose of the directives is to set a common safety and quality standard for human tissue and cells across the European Union.
Since The Bridge Clinic meets these standards, it is possible to send cells and tissue, including sperm, eggs and embryos, to European clinics should it be necessary during the treatment procedure. This gives us access to procedures and services that are not available in Nigeria.
Success rates audited by Alexander Forbes
International auditing firm, Alexander Forbes, audits and verifies The Bridge Clinic’s success rates on an annual basis, which means you can believe all the numbers and stats we give you!
Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH)
In 2011, The Bridge Clinic formed a partnership with The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) to set up the Institute of Fertility Medicine (IFM) in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
The objective of this partnership is to provide quality fertility services to socio-economically challenged families in Lagos State and its environs.
IFM operates out of LASUTH Ikeja G.R.A. and is staffed by a blended team of LASUTH doctors and The Bridge Clinic’s nurses and embryologists. This way the LASUTH doctors receive training from The Bridge Clinic and enables us to subsidise treatment for lower income families. Since the programme began in 2011, we have recorded significant success in helping couples grow their families as is their right.
While it’s all good and well to subscribe to a variety of medical regulations, The Bridge Clinic believes that it is important to work within the religious, moral and ethical framework of Nigerian society.
Since its inauguration in January 2011, our Ethics Committee has ensured that we maintain a high standard of ethical conduct in everything we do.
The committee’s main objectives are to:
- Help us maintain high standards of practice
- Protect the interests and wellbeing of our patients when they receive treatment at our clinics
- Advise us on ethical dilemmas we may face
- Give objective advice on the appropriateness of certain procedures
- Act as a check and shield from unfair public opinion
The committee is made up of prominent and knowledgeable professionals who each bring value and experience to the decisions they make.
Chairperson of the Committee
Dr. Myma Belo-Osagie
Holding a PHD in Law from Harvard University and a senior partner with the highly successful law firm of Udo Udoma & Belo Osagie, Dr Belo-Osagie brings to the committee her vast experience in law and a sound legal perspective on issues that come to the committee.
Prof. Oladele Akinla
As a now-retired professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, ex-Head of Department Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the University of Lagos, and ex-president of the Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Nigeria (SOGON), Prof. Akinla provides valuable insight into gynaecological matters.
As a Lagos State High Court judge, Justice Okunnu brings a different legal perspective on issues. As a committed and practicing Muslim, she is able to assist with the understanding of issues from a Muslim point of view.
Prof. Lai Olurode
From his position as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Lagos, Prof. Olurode assists us with valuable insight into the social aspect of issues.
Mrs. Peju Adebajo
Mrs Adebajo works in management and brings the views of an intelligent professional woman to balance our deliberations at the committee.
The Reverend N N Ezediaro
As a former finance director of the Nigerian Tobacco Company, now retired into the service of the Lord and working as the Vicar of St. John's Anglican Church, Ribadu Road, Ikoyi, Rev. Ezediaro brings a Christian perspective to some of the issues we face.