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CMA launches draft guidance on consumer IVF law for consultation

Last year, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) approached us to work with them on a new project to develop guidance for UK IVF clinics to ensure they are aware of their obligations under consumer protection law.  

Following engagement with the wider fertility sector, including the HFEA, the CMA has today launched its draft guidance for consultation.   

Peter Thompson, Chief Executive of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, said:   

“We are pleased to be working closely with the CMA on this guidance, which has been developed with input from the fertility sector, including patient groups, clinicians, and professional bodies.    

“The draft guidance is being launched at our annual event for clinic leaders today and during national fertility awareness week. The majority of patients self-fund their fertility treatment in the UK, and it is vital that they receive the right information at the right time and that clinic practices are fair under consumer law. This is good news for patients and will help them at a time when they are making difficult decisions. 

“We don’t have powers to regulate prices but, working alongside the CMA, we can ensure that patients can make informed choices. This is an important step forward for the fertility sector and patients. We encourage people to respond to the consultation ahead of the final publication of the guidance next year.”   

Find out more about the CMA’s project Self-funded IVF: consumer law guidance.    

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Review date: 30 November 2022