EC Status and Availability


Registered LNG-EC products:

Products marked with * have been approved by a stringent regulatory authority, such as the WHO Prequalification Programme, the US Food and Drug Administration, the European Medicines Agency, or other.

Where at least one type of ECP is available: Public sector clinics, Pharmacies, IPPF-affiliated system

Age restrictions for accessing ECPs: Yes

Type of age restriction: The law requires the presence of an adult in cases of adolescents under age 14.

Legal history, developments, and/or challenges: Included in the norms in 1999 in the province of Mendoza. A national law was established in 2003 that implemented a national reproductive health care program which includes all approved contraceptives. EC is included in the emergency room protocol for victims of sexual assault.

Legal/regulatory documents in which EC is included: Post-rape care guidelines

Pricing information: According to the Ministry of Health, ECPs are provided free of charge in the public health system (

Other relevant information: The law allows conscientious objection, but it does not ensure health service to the patient. According to Consorcio Nacional de Derechos Reproductivos y Sexuales (CONDERS) and Programa Nacional de Salud Sexual y Procreación Responsable (PNSSyPR), there are three provinces with deficits in the availability of EC: Cordoba, La Rioja, and Tierra del Fuego. Argentina's 2005 Essential Medicines List does not include EC.

EC distributed via IPPF outlets (<500 in 2012).

Our country-by-country information comes from numerous sources, including partners from around the world. We have made every effort to ensure that the information included here is correct, but EC availability and policies can change quickly. We welcome your additions and/or corrections

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