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We produce many publications about the work we do, from our annual fertility trends report to patient leaflets and corporate publications. We also make much of the raw treatment data available for anyone to download. View and download all our publications and data.

We've produced a series of leaflets for people having fertility treatment, donors and donor-conceived people and their parents. This includes our flagship Getting Started guide, which is a complete overview of the fertility process from start to finish.

Getting started guide

‘Getting started’ is our free guide to fertility treatment, which brings lots of useful information together all in one place, including:

  • how and when to seek treatment
  • how to choose a clinic and what to expect
  • treatment options
  • what to think about before starting treatment
  • where to find support and advice.

Giving consent: a guide for patients and their partners

This leaflet is for patients and their partners who are undergoing fertility treatment or storing eggs, sperm or embryos. It explains why you need to complete our consent forms, what you should consider when giving your consent and how your clinic should support you.

Find out more about consent to treatment.

Giving consent: a guide for donors

This leaflet is for people donating eggs, sperm or embryos to another person or for training purposes. It explains why you need to complete our consent forms, what you should consider when giving your consent and how your clinic should support you.

Becoming the legal parents of your child

This leaflet is for people who are not married or in a civil partnership and are having fertility treatment with donated sperm or embryos at a UK clinic licensed by us.

It explains what you need to do to make sure you're recognised as the legal parents of any child born from treatment, including what information your clinic should give you and what consent forms you need to fill out.

Find out more about becoming the legal parents of your child.

Find out more about using donated sperm, eggs, or embryos in your treatment.

Should I freeze my eggs?

This leaflet is for people considering freezing their eggs. Produced to complement our Egg freezing in fertility treatment, trends and figures report 2016-2018, it gives you the latest information and statistics on the subject and outlines the things you should consider when thinking about when, or whether, to freeze your eggs.

Download the data sheet of this report (XLSX 56 KB)




We collect data and statistics about over 60,000 fertility treatments performed each year in the UK. We are committed to making as much of this information available as possible to inform patients, researchers and clinicians.

Egg freezing report 2018

Our 2018 egg freezing report covers the trends and figures relating to egg freezing and the use of thawed eggs in fertility treatment.

Download the full report (PDF 784 KB)

Download the patient friendly version of the report (PDF 1.07 MB)

Download the supplement to the report (PDF 92 KB)

State of the Sector report

Our “state of the sector” report provides an overview of the UK’s fertility sector, including the success in reducing multiple birth rates to just over 10% of all IVF births.

Improving outcomes for fertility patients: multiple births

Multiple births

A multiple birth (twins, triplets or more) is the single biggest health risk associated with fertility treatment. Find out more about the risks of multiple births.

We've worked with the sector to reduce the proportion of multiple births and this report summarises our achievements to date.

Download the multiple births datasheet for 2015 (XLSX 46 KB)


Adverse incidents in fertility clinics: lessons to learn

The vast majority of fertility treatments are carried out without any problems occurring but, as in any clinical setting, mistakes can happen. Most people understand there are risks associated with any kind of healthcare, but they also rightly expect healthcare professionals to learn from those mistakes.  

This annual report provides details of clinic incidents, allowing clinics to learn from each other and improve patient care.


Find out how many fertility treatments involved the use of donor sperm, eggs, or embryos between 2012 and 2013, what sort of people had this treatment and what type of treatment they had. You can also see some longer-term trends in donation and information for patients.

Egg and sperm donation in the UK 2012-2013 (PDF 992 KB), published 30 October 2014.

To view the data upon which the report is based, see the donation report datasheet (XLSX 61 KB).

We also published some statistics on donation in 2011, looking at long-term trends between 1992 and 2010


Finding out about your child's donor and any possible donor-conceived siblings

If your child was conceived with the help of a donor at a UK clinic, they may be curious to find out a bit more about this person and/or any other people conceived using the same donor (their donor-conceived genetic siblings). We’re here to provide that information.

This leaflet explains what information we hold, what you and your child can access from us (if you want to) and how you can best prepare for the next steps.

Download 'Finding out about your child's donor and any possible donor-conceived siblings' (PDF 212 KB)

I have remaining embryos, what are my options?

If you have embryos in storage that you no longer need for your own treatment you may find it difficult to decide what to do next. Whether or not your treatment was successful, letting go of your frozen embryos can be hard to do. This leaflet guides you through the options for your remaining embryos, and where you can find more information and support to help you when making your choice.

Download 'I have remaining embryos, what are my options?' (PDF 226 KB)

Our corporate publications give you a more in depth understanding of who we are, what we do and what our focus will be over the coming months and years.

Business plan

Our business plans describe the range of work we will do in the coming financial year to deliver our strategic vision: high quality care for everyone affected by fertility treatment. This year's business plan is closely linked with our Strategy for 2017-2020, delivering:

  • safe, ethical, effective treatment
  • consistent outcomes and support
  • improving standards through intelligence

We update the plan halfway through the year so you know how we’re getting on.


Business impact target (BIT)

The business impact target (BIT) is a cross-government target for the reduction of regulation on business.

Under the BIT, the Environment Agency assesses the financial impacts on business of qualifying regulatory provisions (QRPs). QRPs are changes to regulatory practices that are described in a written ministerial statement. We assess the impacts of these changes through BIT assessments.

We submit BIT assessments for QRPs to the Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) for validation.


Our vision is high quality care for everyone affected by fertility treatment. Our strategy, developed in partnership with our stakeholders, sets out how we're going to achieve that vision in three key areas:

  • safe, ethical, effective treatment
  • consistent outcomes and support
  • improving standards through intelligence

Innovation plan

Our innovation plan sets out the actions that we are taking to ensure that the UK remains a jurisdiction where innovation can continue to flourish, where clinical practice and ethical research can continue to develop and where the public continue to be reassured that nothing is done without expert oversight.

Disclosure of salaries and expenses

To reflect the HFEA’s ongoing commitment to transparency we have published our staff salary bands, expenses incurred by our Directors and Authority members, payment targets and our expenditure.


Review date: 2 October 2020