Re-register as an identifiable donor
Those who donated sperm, eggs or embryos after 1 April 2005 are, by law, identifiable. Any person born as a result of donation after this time is entitled to request and receive their donor’s name and last known address, once they reach the age of 18.
Donors who donated before 1 April 2005 are automatically anonymous. This means that donor-conceived people can only access non-identifying information provided by the donor at the time of donation.
As a donor, you have no legal rights to contact your donor-conceived offspring; the decision to initiate contact is solely that of the donor-conceived child.
Removal of anonymity
It is a right of those who donated before 1 April 2005 to choose to remove their anonymity – and potentially become identifiable to any children born from their donation.
As a consequence of removing your anonymity, your donor-conceived offspring may choose to make contact with you once they reach the age of 18. The HFEA will try to contact you first using the details held on file to let you know that a request for your contact details has been made. Before making this decision, you may wish to consider how this could impact on you and your family. If you wish, you can ask to speak to a counsellor at the clinic you donated at to talk through the implications of re-registering as an identifiable donor.
Bear in mind that you may not be contacted by any donor-conceived offspring. This could be for a number of reasons, including the possibility that they do not know they are donor-conceived.
If you donate through an HFEA-licensed clinic, you will not be legally responsible for any child born as result of your donation. For more information see:
Apply for removal of anonymity
If you donated before 1 April 2005, you can remove your anonymity.
If you wish to become an identifiable donor, please complete the application form and return to the address below:
- Donor re-registration form (pdf 430 KB)
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
103-105 Bunhill Row
London EC1Y 8HF
Identification and proof of address
As part of the application process, you will be asked for proof of identification and address.
The HFEA accepts:
- Valid passport
- Birth certificate (if your name has changed since this was issued, you also need to submit deed poll documentation or a marriage certificate)
- a recent utility bill
- a recent bank statement
- NHS card
- driving licence
We can only accept original identity documents, or copies certified by a solicitor.
Page last updated: 19 March 2013