Licence Committee and Executive Licensing Panel
These bodies make decisions about whether fertility clinics and human embryo research centres can have a licence, how long for, and on what terms.
Routine decisions are taken by the Executive Licensing Panel, which is made up of three of our staff members. More complex matters, or licence applications which raise new or controversial issues, are referred to the Licence Committee which is made up of Authority members. It also considers all research applications.
All fertility clinics have a right to make representations against certain licensing decisions. If the decision they disagree with was made by the Licence Committee, we put together a separate Licence Committee made up of external members. Sometimes these hearings are held in public.
Details of all Licence Committee and Executive Licencing Panel decisions can be found on the relevant Clinics profile on our Choose a Fertility Clinic Service.