Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (UK)
The HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority) was established in August 1991 by the 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act. We are the UK's independent regulator of fertility treatment and human embryo research. In 2007, when the EUCTD was transposed into our existing legislation, we assumed responsibility as the UK's Competent Authority for ART.
We aim to ensure that everyone who steps into a fertility clinic, and everyone conceived as a result of treatment receives high quality care by:
- setting standards for fertility clinics and human embryo research centres and licensing, monitoring and inspecting them and ensuring they comply with the law and our Code of Practice.
- providing independent, reliable information on clinics, treatment options, egg, sperm and embryo donation and issues relating to it
- collecting data on fertility treatments, allowing:
- those conceived from treatment with donated sperm, eggs or embryos (donor-conceived people) to find out information about their donor and people conceived from the same donor (donor-conceived genetic siblings) when they are older
- us to provide the public with statistics about individual clinics on our Choose a Fertility Clinic tool and publications about the national picture
- medical and scientific researchers to study trends and investigate theories
- determining policy and providing guidance to clinics
- considering the legal, ethical and scientific implications of new fertility techniques, treatments and research and advising Government on this where appropriate.