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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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Latest news from the HFEA

HFEA publishes report on adverse incidents in fertility clinics
08 July 2014
The HFEA has today published its report into adverse incidents that took place at fertility clinics between 2010 and 2012, as part of its ongoing commitment to collaborating with clinics in improving the patient’s experience of IVF.
HFEA publishes report on third scientific review into the safety and efficacy of mitochondrial replacement techniques
03 June 2014
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has today published its report on the third review into the safety and efficacy of techniques for mitochondrial replacement.
New Chair appointed at Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority
01 April 2014
The Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) is pleased to announce that its Interim Chair, Sally Cheshire, has been appointed as permanent Chair of the fertility regulator by the Minister for Public Health, Jane Ellison.

Understanding fertility clinic success rates

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