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Donating sperm and eggs: have your say

Consultation closed

Donating sperm and eggs: have your say closed on 8 April 2011. We received a record number of responses with over 2400 surveys completed by around 1100 people (of which 890 fully completed their submission).

We would like to thank everybody who completed the surveys and contributed to the consultation – in order for the Authority to make an informed decision, it is important that views are heard from the public and all affected groups.

Alongside the online questionnaire we held meetings with academics and professionals and ran focused engagement with donors, parents, patients and donor conceived people.

Consultation findings

The findings regarding the family limit, family donation and the changing landscape of donation were presented to Authority Members for decision on 13 July 2011. The findings on compensation and benefits in kind were presented to Authority for decision on 19 October 2011.

Implementation of the new donation policies

The new donation policies resulting from the Donation Review will come into force on 1 April 2012.

For more information on the new policies please see the Chair's letter of 28 January 2012.

What our consultation covered

Read about the issues we covered during our public consultation: 

The changing landscape of donation

Many aspects of donation are beyond our remit but they impact on the areas we do regulate. Find out about the wider context of donation. 

...more about the changing landscape


Donor compensation and benefits in kind

What do you think about compensation for sperm, egg or embryo donors in the UK?  We consulted on what people think a fair and moderate compensation scheme looks like and what ethical principles the scheme should be based on.

...more about compensation and benefits in kind

Family limit for donated sperm or eggs 

Should the number of families created with sperm or eggs from a single donor should be capped? Should the current limit of 10 families be raised? Or should it be lowered? Read up on the issues we consulted on as part of our consultation

...more about family limits 

Family donation

What are the issues around sperm and egg donation between family members? How should this form of donation be regulated? Discover the issues and the ethics behind this type of donation.

...more about family donation


Discussion pack

This downloadable pack was designed to facilitate discussion and help to prepare responses to our online consultation. The printable discussion pack contains the background information as seen on these webpages as well as the complete list of questions that appeared in our online consultation.

Page last updated: 14 August 2012

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