HFEA Statement: Should people be paid for donating their eggs, sperm or embryos?

In an interview with The Times this week, Prof Lisa Jardine, Chair of the HFEA, opened discussions on two important topics: payments for donors of gametes (eggs and sperm) and intergenerational donation.

These are difficult issues which will require detailed consideration. Over the next few months the HFEA will be evaluating its current sperm, egg and embryo donation (SEED) policies. The HFEA will be listening to what clinics, patients and donors have to say about both payments for donors and intergenerational donation. In December, at a public meeting, the Authority will consider whether to consult more formally on donor policies in the new year.

Here are some of the key issues covered by the SEED review of 2006:

  • Screening of sperm, egg and embryo donors
  • Selection of donors
  • Limiting the number of families conceived per donor
  • Out-of-pocket expenses for sperm, egg and embryo donors
  • Additional compensation for gamete donors
  • Benefits in kind
  • Procurement of gametes from abroad

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