Download HFEA directions
- 0000 - Revocation of Directions (29 kB)
- 0001 - Gamete and Embryo donation - version 4 (100 kB)
- 0002 - Recording and providing information to the HFEA under a research licence - version 3 (183 kB)
- 0003 - Multiple Births - version 4 (119 kB)
- 0004 - Bringing into force the Code of Practice (24 kB)
- 0005 - Collecting and recording information for the HFEA - version 4 (130 kB)
- 0006 - Import and export of gametes and embryos - version 4 (162 kB)
- 0007 - Consent - version 6 (112 kB)
- 0008 - Information to be submitted to the HFEA as part of the licensing process - version 4 (252 kB)
- 0009 - Keeping gametes and embryos in the course of carriage between premises (25 kB)
- 0010 - Satellite and Transport IVF (30 kB)
- 0011 Reporting adverse incidents and near misses - version 3 (27 kB)
- 0012 - Retention of records - version 3 (119 kB)
What are Directions?
Under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, the HFEA has the power to issue Directions - or rules.
Directions can be "General" which apply to all centres, or "Special" which apply to particular licensed centres.
General Directions are issued when the HFEA needs to modify a certain procedure or practice in light of new evidence, a series of incidents or external guidance. Each general Direction covers a particular area of practice, for example there is a general Direction covering the provision of information to the HFEA, and another general Direction covering record retention.
Special Directions are issued to a specific centre and often for a limited time period. They are issued when HFEA inspectors become aware of a localised issue or if the centre applies to the Authority for Special Directions, for example, for the import or export of gametes/embryos.
Centres are required to comply with Directions; if a centre fails to do so this would amount to a breach of a statutory licence condition, which might lead to the variation, suspension or revocation of a clinics licence.
Directions are normally sent to clinics by the Chair of the Authority accompanied by a Chair's Letter that explains the reasoning behind issuing the Directions.
Page last updated: 03 December 2015