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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.

Updated - 28 July 2020

We are regularly monitoring the situation, the government guidance, and the advice from the fertility sector medical and scientific experts. We will update this page as necessary.

Current status

On 11 May we issued a new direction to clinics allowing them to apply to reopen, following a temporary closure of all UK fertility clinics in April of 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Most clinics have been authorised to resume treatment, under the requirement that they follow professional guidance and ensure a safe service and environment for patients and staff.

If you have any questions related to COVID-19 and your fertility treatment, we recommend you contact your clinic.

Full list of clinics authorised to resume treatment

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: 10 August 2020

Review date: 10 August 2022