Licensing and authorisations
The HFEA has responsibility for licensing all clinics and establishments in the UK who carry out IVF and human embryo research. We can issue a number of different licences, depending on which activities you want to carry out. For example, if you are a clinic that wants to carry out IVF or associated treatments will need to obtain a ‘Treatment and storage’ licence. If you want to extend or change the range of activities you carry out, you would need to apply to vary your licence.
The main types of licences are:
- Treatment – for clinics offering IUI and other basic fertility treatments which do not involve the creation of embryos
- Treatment and storage – for clinics offering IVF, ICSI and gamete and embryo storage
- Treatment (including embryo testing) and storage – for clinics offering IVF, ICSI, gamete and embryo storage and embryo testing
- Research – for laboratories carrying out research on human embryos
Authorised processes and conditions
You will also need to ensure that, the particular technical processes you use to carry out each licensable activity (e.g semen preparation; IVF/ICSI; egg freezing) has been authorised by the HFEA. If you want to add a novel process to this list (e.g. a new way of storing embryos), you would need to submit an application to the HFEA to add this novel process to the authorised list.
If you have an embryo testing programme, you will also need to ensure that any medical conditions you wish to test for have been authorised by the HFEA. If you want to test for a condition that is not on the list, you would need to submit an application to the HFEA.
What you need to know - guidance and legislation
Ensure your clinic is operating to the law - before you apply for a treatment and storage or research licence, make sure you are familiar with all the relevant legislation and guidance.
Treatment and storage licences
Find out the steps involved in applying for an HFEA treatment and storage licence. From making your initial application, to your clinic inspection to the final HFEA committee desicion.
Find out the steps involved in applying for a licence to undertake research projects involving the use of human embryos. From making your initial application, the inspection of your clinic and how the HFEA decides to grant or deny applications.
Vary your licence
Find out how to change the conditions of your existing treatment and storage or research licence.
Closing your clinic
What to do when you want to shut down your fertility clinic - what needs to be done with your patient records and stored material.
Find out what fees must be paid to the HFEA for treatment, storage, research and variations of your licence.
...about licence fees
Page last updated: 02 April 2014