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The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is the UK's independent regulator overseeing the use of gametes and embryos in fertility treatment and research.

The HFEA licenses fertility clinics and centres carrying out in vitro fertilisation (IVF), other assisted conception procedures and human embryo research.

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HFEA news

IVF-related multiple birth rate down by a third since 2008
16 July 2015
The proportion of multiple births resulting from IVF treatment has significantly reduced over the last five years according to a new report published today.
Our Chair and Chief Executive visit one of the country’s largest fertility clinics
03 July 2015
Staff at Guy’s and St Thomas’ fertility centre in London showcased their state of the art facilities to our Chair and Chief Executive Sally Cheshire and Peter Thompson.
2014/15 Annual report published
29 June 2015
We have published our 2014/15 annual report, which sets out everything we’ve achieved in the year.

Understanding fertility clinic success rates

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