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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

World first as mitochondrial donation regulations come into force
29 October 2015
Today the UK becomes the first country to license ground breaking mitochondrial donation techniques which will allow women who carry the risk of serious mitochondrial disease to avoid passing it onto their children.
Lisa Jardine, former Chair of the HFEA, passes away
26 October 2015
It is with immense sadness that we learn of the death of Professor Lisa Jardine, our former Chair, who died on 25 October after a long battle with cancer.
HFEA publishes adverse incidents report 2014
17 September 2015
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority’s new report on adverse incidents shows that the number of such incidents occurring in fertility clinics is reducing, but there is still more to do.

Understanding fertility clinic success rates

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