Apply for information
Those who donated after 1 August 1991 are entitled to request information from the HFEA about the number, sex and year of birth of any people born as a result of their donation.
If you decide to access information about your donor-conceived offspring, complete this form and send it with proof of identification and address to:
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
103-105 Bunhill Row
London EC1Y 8HF
Identification and proof of address
As part of the application process you will be asked to provide proof of identification and address.
The HFEA accepts:
- Valid passport
- Birth certificate (if your name has changed since this was issued, you also need to submit deed poll documentation or a marriage certificate)
- A recent utility bill
- A recent bank statement
- NHS card
- Driving licence
We can only accept original identity documents, or copies certified by a solicitor.
Processing the application
Once the HFEA receives your request to access information about your donor-conceived offspring, the request can be processed.
First, your proofs of identity and address will be returned to you by special delivery within five working days. The information you have requested will follow by special delivery as soon as possible - within a maximum of 20 working days.
What if I donated before 1 August 1991?
The HFEA only has a record of donors and births as a result of assisted reproduction from all licensed UK fertility clinics from 1 August 1991 onwards.
If you donated before 1 August 1991 or at an unlicensed clinic the HFEA will not hold details of children born as a result of your donation on its register.
There is, however, a voluntary organisation that helps facilitate contact between people affected by donation before 1991, called The Donor Conceived Register. The Donor Conceived Register was set up on 1 April 2013 to replace the UK DonorLink(UKDL) and facilitates contact between donors and their donor-conceived children conceived before 1 August 1991.
If you have any questions about applying to the HFEA for donor information, or would like further advice, email: email@example.com
Page last updated: 18 April 2013