30 July 1991
To all Directors of Centres
DIRECTIONS ABOUT DONOR INFORMATION FOR THE HFEA REGISTER
You will know that the Authority is required to keep on its register information about all individuals whose gametes are kept or used in treatment or research (s 31 of HF&E Act). The Act requires the Authority to tell applicants of marriageable age whether or not the register contains information to show that they were born as a result of regulated treatment services and if so, whether they are related to an intended spouse. Accordingly, Directions were issued to centres on 29 July 1991 requiring them to supply for the register identifying information about donors of all gametes used or supplied for use on or after 1 August 1991. (See paragraph 4d of Direction Ref. D 1991/4).
Donor sperm in store on 1 August 1991 - New Directions
In the light of representations it has received, the Authority has decided to allow centres to use or supply for use in treatment, donated gametes which were in store on 1 August for a transitional period of six months, without supplying the donor's name to the Authority for the register if they are unable to do so despite demonstrable efforts on their part. This will enable centres to continue to offer treatment services whilst building up stocks of newly donated gametes from donors who have agreed to allow their names to be passed to the Authority for the register. A donor information form completed in accordance with these Directions should have a letter T marked in red ink at the top to assist the Authority in processing the forms.
The conditions under which this will be allowed are clearly set out in paragraph 5d of the new Directions attached Ref D 1991/4a. These Directions replace Directions Ref D 1991/4. They will be revoked on 31 March 1992 and thereafter full donor information including the names of donors will be required for the register in all cases except in the case of siblings for donor children in the circumstances described below.
Full siblings for donor children - New Directions
The Authority has decided that where a woman requests treatment using sperm from a donor to produce a full sibling for a donor child conceived or born before 1 August 1991, a centre may use or supply for use donated sperm which were in store on 1 August 1991 without supplying the donor's name for the HFEA register if they are unable to do so despite demonstrable efforts on their part. This will be f allowed provided that the centre notifies the Authority by 31 March
1992 of the woman's request to have treatment using sperm from that particular donor and also provides evidence to satisfy the Authority that gametes of that donor were used to produce her existing pregnancy or child.
The full conditions under which this will be allowed are set out in new Directions Ref D 1991/9 attached. The transitional period runs from 1 October 1991 to 31 March 1992 when these Directions will be revoked.
These new sets of Directions should be inserted at section 4 of the Manual for Centres. If you have any queries about this letter or the attached Directions please get in touch with Liz Baldock at the Authority.
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