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  • Embyro and Gamete Storage
  • Posthumous conception
  • Transgender and other parental issues
  • Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) regulation in the UK

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority regulates all UK donor conceptions treatments that take place at licensed clinics.  Therefore, every clinic operating within the UK must comply with the HFEA’s Code of Practice.

We can offer advice on embryo storage and gamete storage, as well as advice on the forms used in fertility clinics and HFEA forms.  It is important that you are aware of your rights and what to expect before embarking on fertility treatment with a licensed fertility clinic.

There have been many cases in the news over the last few years questioning the issue of ‘consent’ and ‘storage of sperm and/or eggs’, so it is important to understand the rules as they currently stand and what you can expect for the future.

The HFEA is the UK’s independent regulator of fertility treatment and regulates all fertility clinics and providers in the UK.  As of March 2017, there were 132 licensed clinics and laboratories in the UK, with the majority providing specialist treatment services covering IVF and embryology.

We are pleased to offer specialist fertility advice to assist you on your fertility journey.  We will provide a legal review meeting to consider all the appropriate forms and report back to you with our findings and direction as to a way forward.

Fertility rates

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (2016) show that the conception rates amongst the 30-34 age group increased by 14.16% between 2006 and 2016, whereas the 20-24 age group saw a decrease of 15.7%.  The conception rate for the under 20s dropped by 45.59%, but for the over 40s it increased by 10.32% over the same ten-year period.

If couples are choosing to have children much later in life, then preparation and planning is key to preserving your fertility. We offer advice on embryo and gamete storage as well as how the fertility clinics operate in the UK.  It is vital that you understand your rights on the storage with fertility clinics to prevent any issues or litigation in the future.

Knowing your options in advance is beneficial so that you can plan and prepare ahead.

Anne-Marie Hamer

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