- HFEA redirects here. For the 1990 Act of Parliament, see Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority' (HFEA
) is a statutory body in the United Kingdom
that regulates and inspects all UK clinics providing in vitro fertilisation
, artificial insemination
and the storage of human eggs
. It also regulates Human Embryo research. In public administration terms it is a non-departmental public body
(NDPB) accountable to the Department of Health
Background to the establishment of the HFEA
After the birth of Louise Brown
, the world's first IVF baby, there was inevitably some concern about the implications of this new technology. In 1982 the government brought together a committee chaired by philosopher Mary Warnock
to look into the issues and see what action needed to be taken.
Hundreds of interested individuals and organisations gave evidence to the committee from doctors, scientists and health organisations to patient and parent organisations and religious groups.
The final report has been much admired around the world for the depth and delicacy of its consideration of these very controversial and emotive issues.
In the years following the Warnock report, proposals were brought forward by the government in the publication of a white paper 'Human Fertilisation and Embryology: A Framework for Legislation' in 1987. The Human Fertilisation and... Read More