PREP - PR Entry Programme for treatment and storage centres

What is a Person Responsible / PR?

The law requires licensable activity to take place only under the supervision of a Person Responsible.

The Person Responsible (PR) is the individual who ensures that all licensed activities are conducted with proper regard for the regulatory framework that governs treatment and research involving gametes or embryos.

Consequently, the PR should have enough understanding of the scientific, medical, social, ethical and other aspects of the centre’s work to be able to supervise its activities properly.


What is the Person Responsible Entry Programme / PREP?

An individual can be appointed as the PR only with the approval of the HFEA. That person must complete this Persons Responsible Entry Programme (PREP) assessment before the HFEA can consider whether or not to approve them.

The PREP is set out as a series of scenarios based on the legal framework under which licensable activities are carried out. In order to answer the questions you will need to have access to and have read the following reference material:

Further information on the skills and experience required for the Person Responsible role can be found in the HFEA Code of Practice, 8th edition.


The purpose of PREP

PREP has been designed as a self-development and learning tool which will:

  • act as an induction into the role and responsibilities of a new PR
  • form part of a PR or other member of staff’s continuing professional development (CPD)
  • encourage familiarity with relevant legislation, including the HFE Act 1990 (as amended) and HFEA Code of Practice, 8th edition.

There is a PR entry programme for treatment and storage and a separate one for research.


Completing the programme

  • Each programme consists of scenarios which have a combination of multiple choice or free text questions
  • In order to answer the questions, you will need to be familiar with the relevant legislation, for example the HFE Act 1990 (as amended) and the HFEA Code of Practice, 8th edition. 
  • Each PREP is saved online as a protected form.  Please ensure that you double click the relevant box to access the drop down menu for the multiple choice questions or enter the required number of responses if a free text box is supplied.
  • It is advisable to familiarise yourself with the legislation and questions before starting the programme for the first time. 
  • The programme does not need to be completed in one go.  However if you start the programme and decide to complete it at a later time, remember to save the document to your computer’s hard drive so that your previous answers are also saved.  
  • It would be useful if you could give an indication of the time spent completing the programme
  • Completed forms should be emailed to and accompanied by the appropriate application form.


Download and complete PREP

Page last updated: 02 May 2014

Guidance for clinics

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HFEA licenced clinics should be familiar with the relevant statutory information. 

The guidance is in place to make sure clinics operate to standard safety and ethical rules: