Press releases 2004

  • HFEA brings together an international panel of experts - 15/12/2004

    The HFEA, which regulates assisted reproduction and human embryo research in the UK, is bringing together a worldwide panel of experts as part of its ongoing work to keep ahead of the fast pace of scientific change.

  • HFEA statement on reform of fertility regulation - 10/12/2004

    Suzi Leather, Chair of the HFEA, said "We are keen to see an updated framework for fertility regulation and first called for the reform of the legislation that governs our work - the1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act ? more than 18 months ago.

  • HFEA publishes thirteenth Annual Report and Accounts - 25/11/2004

    The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has published its thirteenth Annual Report and Accounts which were laid before Parliament.

  • HFEA welcomes MRC report on assisted reproduction - 23/11/2004

    The HFEA welcomes the report Assisted reproduction: a safe, sound future issued today by the Medical Research Council (MRC). The HFEA approached the MRC in 2002 to review the current knowledge of IVF and provide advice on further research.

  • HFEA launches public consultation on donor assisted conception - 11/11/2004

    The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) today launched a public consultation on sperm, egg and embryo donation. The views of members of the public and interested professionals and organisations are sought on a range of questions.

  • HFEA licenses PGD for inherited colon cancer - 01/11/2004

    The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority can confirm that is has issued a preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) licence for Familial Adenomatous Polyposis Coli (FAP)to the Assisted Conception at University College Hospital, London.

  • HFEA grants the first therapeutic cloning licence for research - 11/08/2004

    The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has granted the first licence to create human embryonic stem cells using cell nuclear transfer – a technique also known as therapeutic cloning.

  • Response to arms length bodies review - 22/07/2004

    The Health Minister John Reid has announced the results of a review of arm's length bodies. It has been decided that the a new Regulatory Authority for Fertility and Tissue will be created.

  • HFEA agrees to extend policy on tissue typing - 21/07/2004

    The Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority has decided to extend the rules allowing embryos to be tested in order for families to have a child who could be a tissue match for a seriously ill brother or sister.

  • Court ruling on storage of embryos: Natallie Evans - 25/06/2004

    The HFEA welcomes the Court of Appeal judgment today which confirms that effective consent must be given by both the man providing the sperm and the woman providing the eggs to allow storage and subsequent use of their embryos in IVF treatment.

  • HFEA statement on CNR application - 24/06/2004

    The Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) is currently considering a licence application from the Newcastle Fertility Centre at Life to make human embryonic stem cells using cell nuclear transfer, a technique also known as therapeutic cloning.

  • HFEA response to the TOFT report - 22/06/2004

    The Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) welcomes the recommendations of the Toft report which is published today.

  • HFEA holding statement on CNR application - 16/06/2004

    The Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) is currently considering a licence application from the Newcastle Fertility Centre at Life to make human embryonic stem cells using cell nuclear transfer, a technique also known as therapeutic cloning.

  • New rules to protect frozen sperm, eggs and embryos - 08/06/2004

    The HFEA announced strict new guidelines to protect the safety of frozen sperm, eggs and embryos stored at fertility clinics throughout the UK. The guidelines were produced following an HFEA review into incidents that led to the loss of stored material.

  • HFEA 2004/5 Business Plan - 12/05/2004

    The Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority has announced the policy areas identified for review as part of its 2004/5 HFEA Business Plan.

  • HFEA to announce research licence applications - 07/05/2004

    The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) announces details of all research licence applications. From today, titles of all research licence applications along with lay summaries of the proposed project will be published on the HFEA website.

  • HFEA launches new Directory of Clinics for patients - 05/03/2004

    The HFEA has published its new Directory of Clinics - Your guide to infertility. This is the first comprehensive, clear and easy to understand guide which answers patient questions about fertility treatment.

  • HFEA confirms UK position on payment for egg donors - 25/02/2004

    The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has confirmed that under existing UK regulations egg donors can only be paid a maximum of £15 plus reasonable expenses.

  • HFEA welcomes the removal of donor anonymity - 21/01/2004

    The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority welcomes the Government's decision to remove anonymity for those donating sperm, eggs and embryos in the future.

  • Scientists appeal to editors to give less prominence to bogus cloning claims - 20/01/2004

    Some of the UK's leading scientists have written an open letter to media editors appealing to them to review the prominence given to maverick scientists claiming to have cloned the first human being.

  • Embryo splitting and cloning statement - 15/01/2004

    Any person creating or using an embryo outside the body (IVF) in the UK requires a licence from the HFEA. As embryo splitting is done in the laboratory it would be illegal to do this in this country without a licence.

  • HFEA strengthens commitment to reducing multiple births - 06/01/2004

    The HFEA today published its 6th Code of Practice, which has new guidelines for clinics on the number of eggs and embryos transferred during fertility treatment. A leaflet highlights the medical and psychological problems associated with multiple births.

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