National Donation Strategy Group
Infertility affects around one in six couples in the UK; approximately 3.5 million people. Some of those affected by infertility will need the help of a sperm or egg donor to be given the opportunity to have a family.
As the UK's independent regulator of fertility treatment and embryo research in the UK, we oversee the use of donated gametes and license the centres where donation takes place.
Last year, the HFEA undertook a wide ranging public consultation which looked at the barriers and motivations to egg and sperm donation in the UK. The review uncovered numerous barriers to donation, some which could be removed through regulation and others which could not be as easily tackled.
It is these issues which sit outside of traditional regulation that have led the Authority to set up a national strategy group to find new ways of tackling obstacles to sperm and egg donation.
Our aim is to use our unique position as the national regulator to bring together a wide range of experts to come up with new approaches to raising awareness of donation and improving the care of donors in the UK.
About the group
The group will operate over an initial two year period, after which time the terms of the group will be reviewed.
The three core objectives of the group will be to:
1. increase awareness of donation and the information that donors receive
2. improve the ‘customer service’ that donors receive when they contact clinics
3. help donors provide better information about themselves for future families.
Our aim is to bring together a group of people with diverse experiences, including non-licensed donation services, people with experience of blood, organ or tissue donation, as well as those with experience of sperm and egg donation. This includes people with interest in the welfare of donors, patients and donor-conceived people.
The group will operate separately from the Authority but where necessary will be asked to provide advice to the Authority on matters relating to donation.
For further information please email: Donation.Strategy@HFEA.GOV.UK
Page last updated: 03 April 2012