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Our role to provide guidance and advice

The HFEA provides authoritative information for the public, in particular for people seeking treatment, donor-conceived people and donors.

We also determine the policy framework for fertility issues, which are sometimes ethically and clinically complex.

Our responsibilities in providing guidance and advice are to:

  • investigate serious adverse incidents and reactions and to keep a register of serious adverse incidents and serious adverse reactions
  • produce and maintain a Code of Practice, providing guidelines to clinics and research establishments about the proper conduct of licensed activities
  • maintain a formal register of information about donors, licensed treatments and children born as a result of those treatments
  • publicise the HFEA’s role and provide relevant advice and information to donor-conceived people, donors, clinics, research establishments and patients, including servicing the statutory right of access to register information
  • review information about: 
    • human embryos and developments in research involving human embryos
    • the provision of treatment services and activities governed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFE) Acts 1990 and 2008
  • advise the Secretary of State for Health on developments in the above fields where appropriate.

Further information:

HFEA Standing Orders & Publication Policy

The HFEA Standing Orders describe, in detail, the function and responsibility of the HFEA and its Authority members.

For a full and detailed look at how we operate, download our Standing Orders:

Page last updated: 01 April 2014

Who are
the Authority?

          Professional people standing in a row
The members of the Authority are all specialists in their field. They provide objective and independent advice to steer the HFEA.

Read biographies of the current members.

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