2008 HFEA Annual Conference

Delivering the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill in Practice

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) held their Annual Conference on Monday 13th October at the Royal College of Surgeons in London.

The conference focused on a range of topics including:

  • Putting better regulation into practice
  • New scientific developments: HFEA Horizon Scanning
  • Improving information to aid decision-making by patients and clinics
  • Implementing Opening the Register 

Keynote speeches: 


Rt. Hon Dawn Primarolo, Minister of State for Public Health - “Looking to the future - shaping human fertilisation and embryology regulation for the 1st century”

Sir Alan Moses, Lord Justice of Appeal - “A little brief Authority”

Professor Lisa Jardine CBE, Chair, Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority - “Decent people trying to do a decent job”

Session 1: Making better regulation happen

Professor Julia Black, School of Law, London School of Economics - Principles Based Regulation

Dr. Simon Fishel, Managing Director of CARE Fertility - What clinics want from regulation and what improvements the HFEA could make

 Kate Brian, Patient Representative - What do patients want from a regulator?

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Session 2: Preparing for the future of ART: HFEA’s Horizon Scanning work

Dr Maybeth Jamieson, Consultant Embryologist, Glasgow Royal Infirmary - Scientific Horizon Scanning at the HFEA: an introduction

Dr Robin Lovell-Badge, Head of Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics Division, National Institute for Medical Research - Scientific Horizon Scanning at the HFEA - overview and assessment of key themes

Session 3: Information for improvement

 Sir Muir Gray, Chief Knowledge Officer, National Health Service - Welcome to the Third Healthcare Revolution

Enda McVeigh, Senior Fellow, Reproductive Medicine, University of Oxford - Information for improvement, a clinic perspective

 Tim Kelsey, Chief Executive, Dr Foster Intelligence - Back to basics, choice from the start

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Session 4: Knowing and telling: Opening the HFEA Register to families and donors

Jennie Hunt, Senior Infertility Counsellor, IVF Hammersmith, HFEA Authority member - HFEA Plans for Opening the HFEA Register to Families and Donors

Marilyn Crawshaw, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of York - Experiences from running the UK DonorLink Register service

Olivia Montuschi, Co-founder, Donor Conception Network - Opening the Register, the view of parents

Dr. Sharon Pettle, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Hon Senior Lecturer at Institute of Child Health - The child’s perspective

Page last updated: 09 April 2009

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