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The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is the UK's independent regulator overseeing the use of gametes and embryos in fertility treatment and research.

The HFEA licenses fertility clinics and centres carrying out in vitro fertilisation (IVF), other assisted conception procedures and human embryo research.

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Latest news from the HFEA

New Chair appointed at Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority
01 April 2014
The Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) is pleased to announce that its Interim Chair, Sally Cheshire, has been appointed as permanent Chair of the fertility regulator by the Minister for Public Health, Jane Ellison.
HFEA releases third report on fertility trends
27 March 2014
New figures on fertility treatment released today by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) show that IVF-conceived babies now account for 2% all babies born in the UK.
HFEA decides not to appeal in the Warren case
13 March 2014
Following the recent High Court ruling in favour of Mrs Elizabeth Warren, the HFEA has decided not to lodge an appeal against the decision.

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