Fertility treatment in the UK is regulated by legislation. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (the HFEA) is the UK’s independent regulator of treatment using eggs and sperm (gametes), and of treatment and research involving human embryos.
The introduction of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 created for the first time a regulatory framework for fertility treatment in the UK. It established a system of licensing and regulation of fertility treatment and research (including embryos) that led the world in best practice.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 updated fertility law in the UK and for the first time codified embryo testing and simplified embryo storage law.
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If you would like to discuss your situation in more detail or you require help please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone +44 (0)207 222 1244 concerning:
How embryo law affects you (including storage for siblings)
- Storage disputes (whether you are an egg or sperm provider or recipient)
- Advice about embryo law in difficult situations (including unexpected death of your partner and posthumous conception, diagnosis of a serious medical problem, embryo testing and saviour siblings, potential relationship problems with your partner)
- How the law affects sperm donation
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- The legal issues surrounding IVF treatment