Consultations & reviews of policy
HFEA policies are reviewed regularly. Policy reviews involve extensive research, literature reviews, public consultations and open meetings, and often the commissioning of work from specialists in the field.
The information is then summarised and policy options are presented to the Authority.
Mitochondria - public dialogue 2012
The Secretary of State for Health together with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills have jointly asked the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to seek public views on emerging IVF techniques designed to prevent mitochondrial disease.
The aim of the National Donation Strategy Group is 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.
Multiple births after IVF
The greatest health risk for women following IVF is a multiple pregnancy. The HFEA carried out a detailed review and public consultation to identify the most suitable policy for reducing these rates.
Read how the HFEA have reviewed its policies over the years. From human reproductive cloning to human-animal hybrids - subjects have covered areas of ethical, scientific and social significance.
From sex selection to testing embryos for inheritable disorders - our past reviews on genetic testing have covered some controversial and topical issues.
Read about our past reviews in this comparatively new area of research. Policy reviews have covered issues of cloning and of human/animal hybrid research.
Fees and regulation
The HFEA have undertaken a number of public consultations and reviews around the way it regulates and sets standards for fertility treatment and research clinics.
Risks of treatment (Tomorrow's children - Welfare of the child review)
The HFEA gives guidance to clinics on how to go about making a 'welfare of the child' assessment for those seeking fertility treatment. The HFEA undertook a review to find the best method of passing on such guidance.
Read our past reviews about our policies on safety procedures and regulations at fertility clinics. Topics have covered safe cryopreservation of gametes and embryos and best practice for witnessing the identification of donated samples.
The HFEA have undertaken a number of policy reviews around matters of donor-assisted conception regulation. They have covered matters from the payment of donors, to donating for research.
Page last updated: 08 June 2012