Statement from the HFEA responding to government announcement on embryos storage

In a statement responding to the government announcement regarding the storage of embryos, Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), Prof Lisa Jardine, said:

“I am delighted that the government has listened and made this common sense decision. This will be an enormous relief to all of those people who faced the heartbreak of seeing their embryos destroyed all because of a matter of timing.

“We will be contacting clinics immediately so that they can inform the patients concerned and make appropriate arrangements for the continued storage of their embryos.”


Notes to editors

  • The HFEA is the independent regulator for IVF treatment and embryo research. Our role is to protect patients and the public interest, to drive improvement in the treatment and research sectors and to provide information to the public and policymakers about treatment and research.
  • The HFEA was set up in August 1991 as part of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990. The HFEA’s principal tasks are to license and monitor clinics that carry out in vitro fertilisation (IVF), artificial insemination (AI) and human embryo research. The HFEA also regulates the storage of gametes (eggs and sperm) and embryos.

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