Press releases and statements

Professor Lisa Jardine to step down as Chair of the HFEA

In January 2014 Professor Lisa Jardine will have completed two successful terms as the Chair of the HFEA and so will be standing down from her position.

Lisa said today:

“I am immensely proud of the work we have achieved at the HFEA over the past six years.

The efforts we have made to reduce multiple births, provide fairer compensation for donors, reduce regulatory overlap and give better access to data for researchers are just a few of the projects I am delighted to have seen implemented during my time here.

I am particularly honoured to have overseen the ‘Medical Frontiers: debating mitochondria replacement’ public consultation. It clearly demonstrated the specialised ability the HFEA has to engage, educate and communicate complex science and public opinion.

I can’t deny that the prolonged uncertainty about the future of the HFEA has, at times, made it a bumpy ride. Now thankfully resolved, the HFEA can use the professional and patient support expressed during that time to improve IVF services for the benefit of donors, patients and their future children.

I have every faith that the HFEA staff will continue with their brilliant work and I wish to congratulate whoever becomes the Chair next; it is a fantastic role and I know they’ll enjoy it.”


Notes to editors

  • The HFEA is the independent regulator for IVF treatment and embryo research. Our role is to protect patients and the public interest, to drive improvement in the treatment and research sectors and to provide information to the public and policymakers about treatment and research. 
  • 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), artificial insemination (AI) and human embryo research. The HFEA also regulates the storage of gametes (eggs and sperm) and embryos. 
  • The HFEA Register is the world’s largest national data set on regulated fertility treatments, including the handling and storage of embryos, eggs and sperm. It contains all the children born as a result of regulated fertility treatment and provides those who are born as a result of donation with information about their donor.

For further information please contact the HFEA press office on 020 7291 8226 or email


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