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What we do

The HFEA strives to:

  • be an effective regulator commanding stakeholder confidence by ensuring compliance with the law
  • inform patient choice, securely hold personal data, and maximise public understanding (of available and developing treatments, embryology research, and the HFEA and its role)
  • encourage consistently high quality standards of treatment and research in the sector by putting the patient experience first
  • be an effective organisation with strong governance that adds value and reduces bureaucracy
  • ensure the HFEA and the sector keep abreast of new scientific and research developments through continued collaborative working with scientific and professional bodies
  • recognise and address the needs of the HFEA’s many and varied audiences, and specifically to consider the patient experience in all our work.
  • Our role as regulator

    The HFEA is the UK’s independent regulator of treatment using eggs and sperm, and of treatment and research involving human embryos. We set standards for, and issue licences to, centres.

  • Our role to provide guidance and advice

    The HFEA provides authoritative information for the public, in particular for people seeking treatment, donor-conceived people and donors. We also determine the policy framework for fertility issues, which are sometimes ethically and clinically complex.

  • Our role as an improved information provider

    The HFEA holds a large amount of information about fertility treatments in the UK and the new HFE Act has allowed us to make it more accessible.

  • IVF the law

    The new HFE Act includes provisions for research on different types of embryos and changes the definition of legal parenthood for cases involving assisted reproduction.

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Page last updated: 25 July 2013

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