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Conceived between 1 August 1991 – 31 March 2005

Woman researching fertility on the internetThe HFEA has a record of all births as a result of assisted conception from licensed UK fertility clinics from 1 August 1991 onwards. We record information on donors and on any person born as a result of their donation.

Any children born as a result of your donation have a legal right to find out about their genetic
origins. They are entitled to
contact the HFEA asking for
information about their donor.


What information can my donor-conceived offspring receive?

From between 1 August 1991 – 1 April 2005 this is the information the HFEA collected from you at the time of donation:

  • your physical description (height, weight, eye and hair colour) 
  • year and country of your birth 
  • your ethnicity 
  • whether you had any children at the time of donation 
  • Any additional information the your choose to supply such as occupation, religion, interests and a brief self description.  

You may have provided all, or some of this information at the time of your donation.

This is the information passed on to anyone born as a result of your donation when they request it. The information we provide does not include anything that could be used to identify you.


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Donor re-registration - what if I want my donor-conceived offspring to know who I am?

Many donors have a strong desire to let anybody born as a result of their donation know as much about their origins as possible.

If you want to give the people born as a result of your donation the ability to find out more about you, get in contact with the clinic where you made your donation or the HFEA.

When you contact your clinic you are entitled to ‘re-register’. This means you can provide your clinic with further information about yourself, including contact details. This information will then be passed on to the HFEA.

If a child then applies for information about their donor, we will be able to pass on the details you have provided. If both donors and their donor-conceived offspring consent, they will have the ability to meet each other.


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Why can I now choose to be identifiable?

In 2005, the laws around donor information access changed. The law change meant that everyone who donated sperm or eggs after 1 April 2005 is identifiable to children born as a result of their donation, once the child is 18 years old. This means that, if requested, contact details can be passed on to people born as a result of their donation.

Because of this law change, it was felt that those who donated before 1 April 2005 should be able to re-register as identifiable, if they wish. 

Anonymity has been removed because it has been recognised by law that many donor-conceived people have a desire and interest in finding out about where they came from. Similarly the interest donors have in finding out about children born from their donation has also been recognised.

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Page last updated: 08 October 2014

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HFEA policies on donation

On 1 October 2009, our policies on donor information access were updated to reflect changes in the law. These changes gave donor-conceived people broader legal rights to find out about their donors.

See what changed and how the changes came about: