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The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is the UK's independent regulator overseeing the use of gametes and embryos in fertility treatment and research. 

The HFEA licenses centres carrying out In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), other assisted conception procedures and human embryo research, and provides a range of detailed information for patients, professionals, the public and Government.


  • Changes to legal parenthood: Same sex couples undergoing fertility treatment will have the right to name both partners on their child's birth certificate from Monday 6 April. Read the press release here

  • The HFEA have released the latest clinic treatment data. The figures cover live birth data for the period 01/07/06 – 30/06/07 and pregnancy rate data from 01/07/07 – 30/06/08. Visit our ‘Find a clinic’ search to see the latest figures. 02/04/2009
  • HFEA has published a statement on the risk of birth defects from assisted reproductive technology. Read the statement 24/03/2009
  • HFEA statement on decision regarding donor codes: read the statement 20/03/2009

  • Would you allow your identifiable information to be used for research purposes? Respond to our survey now 16/03/2009

Patient Stories

  • JudyJudy's story

    "After two years of trying for a baby we went to our GP and learnt that my husband had no sperm. The GP suggested donor insemination (DI)." Judy tells their story.

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