Dear Colleague,

Verification of Identity of Patients, Donors and Partners

As you are aware, the HFEA needs to ensure that information contained on its Register regarding those receiving treatment, their partners and donors is accurate.  

Generally the identities of those attending a centre are verifiable through their GP. However, if a person refuses to give their consent for their GP to be contacted, centres should request additional confirmation of identity by asking for sight of the person's birth certificate, passport or similar document. This should also be the case where such contact is impractical or inappropriate. This is often the case with many overseas patients or donors. Failure to provide such additional evidence of identification should be taken into account by centres when considering whether or not to offer treatment or to accept certain persons as donors.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this letter, you may wish to contact Ginny Shires at the HFEA (0207 539 3311).

Yours faithfully,

Ruth Deech

Page last updated: 15 August 2012