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Law reforms must ‘future proof’ the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, says HFEA Chair

Julia Chain, Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, has explained in a speech to the Progress Educational Trust Conference the need to ‘future proof’ proposed reforms to the governing legislation.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority recently set out a range of recommendations to modernise the UK’s 33-year-old fertility law.

The 15 proposals cover four areas where the law should be modernised in the interests of patients, professionals and researchers:


  • patient safety and promoting good practice,

  • access to donor information,

  • consent and

  • scientific developments.

Ms Chain said:

“[W]e need a law that can protect patients not only in the sector as it now is, but the sector as it’s going to be in years to come – and we haven’t even begun to appreciate the effect of international sources of patient care, or AI or numerous other things that are now becoming commonplace in the UK.”


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