Your fertility treatment is totally confidential. By law, doctors are not permitted to divulge your information and circumstances to your doctor or any other person without your consent. You need to specify on the consent form the name of your Doctors and whether we can disclose identifying info to your future Doctors. The details of your treatment will not appear on the records of your future child.
We are required to disclose information to the HFEA or other licensed centres on your request under certain conditions:
All patients undertaking assisted conception treatment must be registered at the Human Fertilisation & Embryo Authorisation (HFEA). The identity of an anonymous donor is not disclosed. However new legislation in the UK now allows children born from donated gametes to obtain information about their genetic parents when they are 18 years old or above.
Treatment cannot begin without the patient’s written consent. Every patient must ensure that they understand their fertility problem, the proposed treatment, their chances of success, implications and side effects, alternative treatment options and ethical and legal issues related to the fertility treatment. You can discuss these points with your partner or your family. A counselling service is available upon request and legal advice can be sought.
Written consent is needed for:
If we do not hold the relevant consents, the clinic cannot use or store the gametes/embryos and they will be allowed to perish.
Laws and regulations governing Assisted Conception Treatments varies between different countries. The law governing this area is mostly found in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authorisation (HFEA) Act 1990.
UK legislation limits the number of embryos allowed to be transferred for IVF treatment to 2 embryos, and 3 if the patient is over 40 years old.
Embryo freezing is permissible in the UK, but is limited to a timeframe of 10 years, providing yearly costs are made.
The UK has passed new legislation abolishing the anonymity of gamete donors (egg, sperm and embryo donors). Children born from donated gametes have the right to obtain identifying information about their genetic parents when they are 18 years old or above.
Mixing eggs, sperm or embryos for more than one person is forbidden in the UK.
Many countries, including the UK, prohibit sex selection. The performing of a treatment procedure or the use of sperm, eggs or embryos with the purpose of producing, or attempting to produce, a child of a particular sex is illegal unless it is dont to avoid the risk of genetic transmission of sex-linked diseases.
Donated sperm has to be stored for six months before it can be used in treatment in order to screen the donor for transmitted infections.
In addition to licensing, the Human Fertilisation & Embryo Authorisation (HFEA) has several other responsibilities:
Under the terms of the HFEA Act 1990, any fertility centre in the UK must take into account the welfare of any child who may be born as a result of a treatment, and of any other children who may be affected by the birth. In order to fulfill this obligation, clinics must assess each case before accepting them onto the programme. The following welfare of the child issues may be discussed with the patients:
For more information, please refer to the HFEA website at: www.hfea.gov.uk