National Authorities, Egypt: Order No. 261 of 1996 on Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt, 8 July 1996, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3f8281324.html [accessed 8 March 2014]
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It is forbidden to perform circumcision on females either in hospitals or public or private clinics. The procedure can only be performed in cases of disease and when approved by the head of the obstetrics and gynecology department at the hospital, and upon the suggestion of the treating physician. Performance of this operation will be considered a violation of the laws governing the medical profession. Nor is this operation to be performed by non-physicians.