As long as you qualify as an individual physician and you only process and store semen for your own patients, then the law is not applicable to you. But first you should ask yourself some important questions:
1) Do I employ any other physicians in my practice, or do I have any other physician partners in my practice?
If you answer yes to either of these questions then under the law you do NOT own and operate an individual physician practice and you must be licensed as a tissue bank.
2) Do I accept referred work such as sperm washing?
If you accept ANY referred work, regardless of your status as an independent operator, you must apply for a tissue bank license. A physician who accepts referred work no longer meets the definition, under law, of treating ONLY his or her own patients.
3) Do I perform other services as a reproductive specialist such as IVF, ZIFT, GIFT, ICSI, etc?
The inapplicability of law holds only for physicians who qualify as individual physicians treating only their own patients and who do not process or store any other type of reproductive tissue other than semen. If your practice includes the processing and/or storage of ova or embryos, then you must apply for a tissue bank license.