UK and overseas donors

Number of new donors by the year they first registered as a donor, separated into those with a UK residential address and those with an overseas address, 2005-2010

  • A UK donor is defined as someone who, when they registered as a donor, recorded their country of residence as UK, Wales, England, Scotland or Northern Ireland. An overseas donor is defined as someone who recorded any other country as their country of residence
  • Country of residence was first recorded by the HFEA in June 2004, in advance of the changes to the law around donor anonymity. Figures are given from 2005 onwards as that is the first complete calendar year
  • All donors, whether UK or overseas, must provide the same information to the HFEA and are subject to the same screening requirements
  • These figures include donors who donated overseas (and whose sperm or eggs were imported to the UK) and donors who donated in the UK and gave an overseas address at registration
  • Figures have changed slightly since our last publication. This is due to improvements in identifying whether a donor is based in the UK or overseas
  • Figures for ‘All sperm donors’ and ‘All egg donors’ may not match figures for ‘New donor registrations’. This is because we have excluded donors who registered more than once but we were unable to state for certain whether they are resident in the UK or overseas
  • This data was extracted from the HFEA's data warehouse containing Register data as at 22/12/2011.

 

UK and overseas sperm donors
Year All
sperm donors
UK
sperm donors
Overseas
sperm donors
2005 273 244 89% 29 11%
2006 303 226 75% 77 25%
2007 359 308 86% 51 14%
2008 404 332 82% 72 18%
2009 436 348 80% 88 20%
2010 481 367 76% 114 24%

 

UK and overseas new egg donor registrations
Year All
egg donors
UK 
egg donors
Overseas 
egg donors
2005 1022 978 96% 44 4%
2006 803 770 96% 33 4%
2007 1024 993 97% 31 3%
2008 1165 1112 95% 53 5%
2009 1201 1151 96% 50 4%
2010 1258 1197 95% 61 5%

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