HFEA confirms UK position on payment for egg donors

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has confirmed that under existing UK regulations egg donors can only be paid a maximum of £15 plus reasonable expenses.

Women receiving donor eggs in the UK can only be treated at an HFEA licensed clinic. All licensed clinics must abide by the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Act and the HFEA Code of Practice which includes directions on payment and guidelines on reasonable expenses for donors.

Angela McNab, Chief Executive of the HFEA said:

"There are clear and rigorous standards that apply to all licensed clinics on the use of donors and the amount of money that can be paid to them. The HFEA inspects and monitors the compliance of these standards and we take strong action if any clinic is found to be non-compliant. When new clinics and services are set up we scrutinise practices to check they are meeting the high standards required."

Under the guidelines on reasonable expenses donors can be reimbursed for standard class direct travel and accommodation costs, and be paid a maximum of £50 per day to cover financial loss and childminding expenses. The guidelines also cover basic subsistence rates and other costs such as car parking and telephone calls. It is the responsibility of the nominated head of the clinic, Person Responsible (PR), to ensure the directions on payment and guidelines on expenses are adhered to.


Notes to editors

Figures quoted are in pounds sterling.

The directions on payment and guidelines on expenses apply to sperm, egg and embryo donation.

Guidelines on expenses are detailed under Appendix G of the HFEA Code of Practice

The HFEA was set up in August 1991 as part of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990. The HFEA's principal tasks are to license and monitor clinics that carry out in vitro fertilisation (IVF), donor insemination (DI) and human embryo research. The HFEA also regulates the storage of gametes (eggs and sperm) and embryos.

Page last updated: 12 March 2009

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