The HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority) is the UK’s independent regulator of fertility treatment and research using human embryos. It is the first of its kind in the world. It aims to ensure that everyone who steps into a fertility clinic, and everyone born as a result of treatment, receives high quality care.
The HFEA does this by licensing, monitoring and inspecting fertility clinics. It provides free, clear and impartial information about treatment, clinics and egg, sperm and embryo donation.
The HFEA regulates fertility clinics and projects involving research with human embryos. This involves licensing, inspections and setting standards. Regulation is important because:
The HFEA provides guidance to clinics and research centres on how to meet their legal requirements in a code of practice.