Review of research fees

Background

The HFEA has statutory duties under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology [Research Purposes] Regulations Act 2001 to regulate the creation, storage and use of human embryos for research purposes, and to issue licences for approved projects.

With the increase in the number and greater complexity of embryo research applications, the HFEA sought to establish new robust processes that both supported the research community and ensured public confidence in the regulation of embryo research.

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Consultation process

In 2004 the HFEA conducted a consultation on the on the appropriate level of fees for human embryo research licences and proposed changes in the arrangements for peer review of research applications and inspection of laboratories.

As part of this review, the HFEA gathered views from its stakeholders on the following issues:

  • the most appropriate and equitable level of fees to be levied on applications for human embryo research licences
  • proposed changes in the arrangements for peer review of research applications and inspection of laboratories

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Consultation outcome

The Authority discussed the consultation on Research Fees at its July 2004 meeting.

The Authority considered all the objections received and noted that there were wide variations in the scale of funding for research, with some projects operating on very low budgets.

The Authority agreed to propose an increased fee of £500 for all small projects and a fee of £750 for large, complex projects (subject to agreement by the Treasury).

The HFEA agreed to continue to monitor the impact of resources available for regulating treatment and patient safety.

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Further information

Further HFEA fee reviews: 

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Supporting documents

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Page last updated: 31 January 2012

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