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Potential donors: information and advice

How you can donate sperm, eggs or embryos

Potential donor researching donationIn the UK, in order to donate you will need to contact a fertility clinic that is licensed by the HFEA to receive donations.

You can look up a clinic near you by using the HFEA’s Find a clinic search. The search results will give you the contact details for each clinic and will let you know the services each clinic offers.

National Gamete Donation Trust

If you can't find a clinic in your area, contact the National Gamete Donation Trust on 0845 226 9193, or visit their website - they may be able to help you further.

The National Gamete Donation Trust, a government-funded charity to raise awareness of and seek ways to alleviate the national shortage of gamete (sperm, egg and embryo) donors, holds a list of all licensed centres in the UK which recruit egg and sperm donors.

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Why should I donate through a licensed clinic?

All HFEA-licensed clinics must conform to strict medical, legal and ethical standards. This ensures that everyone involved in the donation is clear about their legal position and is protected by law.


Sperm, eggs and embryos donated through a clinic must be screened for certain medical conditions. Sperm and embryos will also be quarantined for six months. This helps ensure babies born from donated sperm, eggs or embryos are healthy and that there are no risks to the woman who receives them.


We suggest you discuss these tests with staff at the clinic.

Page last updated: 22 May 2012

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Risks of using an unregistered donor

If you don’t use a registered donor from an HFEA licensed clinic:

  • you could be putting your health and that of the unborn child at risk as the same checks and screening do not apply
  • the legal position is less clear and the donor could have a claim on or responsibility for the child
  • people born as a result will not have a statutory right to access information about their donor from the HFEA register.