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Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for patients

This page provides information about coronavirus and fertility treatment, as well as links to support services.


HFEA licensed clinics have incorporated safe ways of working for patients and clinic staff during the ongoing pandemic.

We will continue to review any new guidance produced by the Government and devolved administrations, the NHS and Professional Societies and make further statements, as necessary.

Previous updates issued to patients relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be viewed here.

Storage limit for frozen eggs, sperm and embryos extended during coronavirus outbreak

On 1 July 2020, the new The Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Statutory Storage Period for Embryos and Gametes) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 came into effect. The Regulations extends the storage limit by 2 years so that those undergoing fertility treatment during the coronavirus outbreak have more time to continue treatment.

If you have any questions related to your frozen eggs, sperm and embryos, we recommend you contact your clinic.


Publication date: 8 April 2021

Review date: 8 April 2023