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Privacy policy and cookies

It is the policy of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) that personal information, such as your name, mailing address, email address or personal telephone number is private and confidential. By using this site, you consent to the terms of our privacy policy for the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information for the purposes set out below. We do not collect, use or disclose your personal information for any purposes other than those identified below, except with your consent or as required by law.

Visitors to our website

In order to use certain areas of our website you may need to have cookies enabled in your web browser. By visiting our website with cookies enabled, you are consenting to the HFEA placing a cookie in your web browser.

When someone visits our website we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the HFEA’s website. We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.

We use Google Analytics to help analyse use of our website. This analytical tool uses 'cookies', which are text files placed on your computer, to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) is transmitted to Google. This information is then used to evaluate visitors’ use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity for the HFEA.

Find out more about cookies, including how to control and delete them.

You can also find out how to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites.

If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be upfront about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.


Images, text, software, documentation, electronic text and image files, audio and video files and clips and other materials on the HFEA website are protected by copyright laws and may be covered by other restrictions as well. The HFEA retains all rights, including copyright, in data, image, text and any other information contained in these files. The HFEA expressly prohibits the copying of any protected materials on this website, except for the purposes of fair use as defined in copyright laws and as defined below.

Fair use of copyrighted material includes the use of protected materials for non-commercial educational purposes, such as teaching, scholarship, research, commentary and news reporting. Unless otherwise noted, users who wish to download or print text, audio, video, image and other files from the HFEA website for such uses are welcome to do so with our express permission. Users must cite the author and source of this material as they would material from any printed work; the citation should include the web address or URL By downloading, printing, or otherwise using text, audio, video, image and other files from this website, whether accessed directly from this website or via other sites or mechanisms, users agree that they will limit their use of such files to fair use and will not violate the HFEA’s or any other party's proprietary rights.

Unauthorised publication or exploitation of the HFEA's files is specifically prohibited. Anyone wishing to use any of these files or images for commercial use, publication, or any purpose other than fair use as defined by law, must request and receive prior permission from the HFEA.


The HFEA's website may occasionally link to other sites that may be of interest to our users. We are not responsible for the accuracy or reliability of the content on third-party websites, nor do we necessarily endorse the sites and their content.

If you would like your website to be considered for linking on the HFEA website, please contact us. We are under no obligation to provide reciprocal links and reserve the right to be selective in our linking practices.



The HFEA does not provide medical advice to individuals. The content of this website is intended for information purposes only and is not meant to serve as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

The HFEA makes all reasonable efforts to ensure that information on this website is accurate and up to date. However, the HFEA makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to the accuracy, completeness, suitability or reliability of any of the information or data contained in or omitted from this website, or for any action or inaction made in reliance thereon.

The HFEA will not be liable (save for death or personal injury resulting from its own negligence) for any false, inaccurate, inappropriate or incomplete data or information published on this website, nor for any consequences arising from the use or any information that is or has been on the site.

You are granted access to this website conditional upon your agreement to indemnify the HFEA and not to hold it liable in any way for the results of any action you may take based on the information contained on this website.

Although the HFEA shall reasonably endeavour to keep the website functioning and accessible at all times, the HFEA takes no responsibility for, and will not be liable in the event that this website is unavailable at any time and for any period.

The HFEA shall not be liable for any loss or damage arising in contract, tort or otherwise (save for death or personal injury resulting from its own negligence) as a result of the use or access of this website (including from any computer viruses or software defects), or from the inability to use or access this website, or from the use of any information or data contained in it, or from any action or decision taken as a result of using this site or any data or information contained in it.

The HFEA reserves the right to remove, vary or amend any of the content of its website at any time and without prior notice.

The information that the HFEA publishes is a snap shot of data provided to us by licensed centres at a particular time. This information may be subject to change as individual centres notify us of amendments. Before publication, we perform a preliminary validation process on the data, and ask the centres to confirm its accuracy, for which they remain responsible.

Why and how the HFEA use cookies

The cookies used by the HFEA cannot be used to identify you personally. The cookies used on are only used for analytical and accessibility purposes.

Our analytic cookies are used to gauge the number of people who come to our site, and see what pages are viewed the most. This data helps us understand how visitors use the site and how best we can improve the user experience.

Other cookies on the site are for accessibility purposes. If a user increases the font size of the text on the website, then a cookie is used to remember their selection for the duration of their visit. 

We do not use cookies for marketing purposes, or to gather personal user information in any way. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.

Cookies used on this site

Cookie name: _utma
Purpose: allocates a unique ID number to each visitor to the site. This cookie expires after 2 years.

Cookie name: _utmb
Purpose: used to determine the length of time a visitor remains on the site. This cookie expires after 30 minutes.

Cookie name: _utmc
Purpose: used to determine the length of time a visitor remains on the site. This cookie expires when visitor closes their browser.

Cookie name: _utmz
Purpose: used to determines where a visitor has come from - directly or via a link, or from a search engine. This cookie expires after 6 months.

Cookies used to improve accesibility

Cookie name: Style
Purpose: allows visitors to the site to alter the size of text on the page and saves preference throughout their visit. Cookie expires when visitor closes their browser.


If you use a screen reader or other accessibility tools and are having difficulties with any of our documents, you can request them in an accessible format.

Simply email us at to tell us which files you would like to access.

Third party exclusion

We cannot guarantee that apps and plugins from third parties will conform to this sites accessibility standards.


Review date: 5 December 2019