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Debate on IVF at 40 in the House of Lords

The debate took place on Thursday 13th September 2018 in the House of Lords on the 40th anniversary of the first baby born using in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

You can read the full debate in Hansard's online archive.

Speaking before the event, Sally Cheshire CBE, Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the IVF regulator said:

“We are delighted that Baroness Deech has secured a debate in the House of Lords to mark the 40th anniversary of the birth of the first IVF baby.  This is a milestone year for the fertility sector and a debate in the House of Lords provides a unique opportunity to celebrate the huge advancements in assisted reproduction over the last 40 years, which have allowed millions of people around the world to create their much longed-for families. 

We are proud that the world looks to the UK model of regulation as the blueprint for other countries, with the right mix of allowing innovation while maintaining public trust.  We are pleased that, as the Regulator, we have been able to provide Parliament with relevant and up to date information, based on the HFEA’s data, to facilitate a wide discussion on the sector today and the challenges of the future.”


Publication date: 20 December 2018

Review date: 20 December 2020