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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

A statement in response to the quality standard on CCG IVF provision today issued by the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence
23 October 2014
Sally Cheshire, Chair of the HFEA said:“We welcome today’s announcement by NICE in relation to NHS IVF provision. While always mindful that we are not a cost regulator either for public or private IVF provision, the nature of our work nevertheless...
HFEA publishes lay summary and “polar body transfer” addendum to third report on safety and efficacy of mitochondrial donation techniques
14 October 2014
The HFEA has today published two additional documents in relation to its work on mitochondrial replacement.
Government decision on mitochondria replacement regulations
22 July 2014
The Government has today announced its intention to put regulations relating to mitochondria replacement before Parliament.

Understanding fertility clinic success rates

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