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Introduction

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) is the UK's independent regulator overseeing safe and appropriate practice in fertility treatment and embryo research.

They license and monitor centres carrying out IVF, donor insemination and human embryo research.

The HFEA has the power to grant research licences for up to three years for individual research projects. You will find details on how to apply for a research licence on the HFEA website (1st resource below).

All licence applications, renewals and progress reports are evaluated by the HFEA Licence Committee.  Before granting a new licence, or renewing an existing one, the HFEA will conduct an inspection to make sure that standards are in line with the HFEA's Code of Practice.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 (as amended) received Royal Assent on 13th November 2008 and came into force on 1st October 2009.  This amended Act provides clarity on the scope of embryo research (2nd resource below).  The HFEA Code of Practice was also created and has been subsequently updated (3rd resource).

Resources

  • 1. Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008

    The Human Fertilisation & Embryology Act 2008 amends the 1990 Act from the 1st October 2009, providing clarification of the scope of embryo research.

    Legal requirement for specific research projects Date added: 6 October 2009
  • 2. HFEA Code of Practice - Research

    8th Edition, revised May 2017

    Legal requirement for specific research projects Date added: 13 October 2009