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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 statement on fertility treatment services – effective 5 January 2021

As the UK wide regulator of fertility clinics, we consider fertility clinics can continue to safely offer treatment during the latest lockdown.

Treatment at some clinics may be affected by the pandemic due to local circumstances, for example where there are a lot of clinic staff who are ill or isolating, or where staff have been redeployed to other areas within the heath service.

Patients should keep in contact with their clinic who can update them on any changes to their services.

We expect clinics to continue to follow professional and local guidance and let us know immediately if there is a local decision to suspend the services they provide.

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

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: 1 February 2021

Review date: 1 February 2023