April 2014


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Welcome to April's edition of the HFEA e-update. 

In this month's e-update we share news of our new Chair and find out how you can provide your views on the work that we do so that we can highlight areas that can be improved.

Thank you for reading this month's edition.  

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Peter Thompson, Chief Executive, HFEA.


Latest news

Sally Cheshire appointed as Chair of the HFEA

Sally Cheshire, has been appointed as Chair of the fertility regulator by the Minister for Public Health, Jane Ellison.

Ms Cheshire has been an HFEA Authority member since 2006 and, prior to becoming Interim Chair in January 2014, had chaired both the Audit and Governance Committee, and Licence Committee. A businesswoman, finance professional and health leader of over 20 years’ experience, including many years as a Director at Deloitte, Sally is also Chair of Health Education North-West and Audit Chair at the Health Research Authority.

Ms Cheshire welcomed the opportunity to lead the HFEA, hailing both the dedicated HFEA staff and the level of clinical expertise across the UK:

"I’m proud to have been appointed Chair of the HFEA and to take on this role at a time when the organisation’s future is newly secure, and it can confidently oversee this exciting and ever-evolving sector.

Over the years I have seen first-hand how seriously all of our highly professional and dedicated staff and Authority Members take their responsibilities and I look forward to continuing to work with them in the interests of patients.

Our priority will always be to work with the many expert clinicians across the UK to ensure that patients, donors and donor-conceived people receive excellent, safe and high quality care and support." 


Voice your opinion about us

We want to hear your views about how we work, so we can understand your perceptions of the HFEA and hear your suggestions for possible improvements.

We have commissioned Opinion Leader - an established market research company to gather your thoughts and suggestions by carrying out:

  • Focus group discussions with patients
  • In-depth interviews with donors, donor-conceived people and people seeking fertility treatment
  • Online patient and stakeholder surveys

How can you get involved?

Complete our survey and share your experience and opinions of the HFEA.

If you would like to be a part of the focus group discussions or in-depth interviews, there is the option to put forward your contact details at the end of the patient survey. Your contact details will be used for the purpose of this research only.

Opinion Leader is a Market Research Society Company partner and therefore guarantees confidentiality and anonymity to anyone who takes part in the research.


Visiting a clinic 
The idea of going to a fertility clinic can be daunting; find out what you might expect and how to make the most out of a visit.
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Surrogacy abroad
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued guidance on undertaking a surrogacy arrangement abroad.
› Read more

What we license
The HFEA licenses a number of different fertility treatments.
› Read more 

Patient stories 
People who have had IVF or fertility treatment share their experiences. 
 Find out more 


Page last updated: 02 April 2014