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Statutory approvals: Human fertilisation and embryology

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Introduction

The HFEA regulates the creation, storage and use of embryos in research throughout the UK.  The Authority does this through a statutory licensing programme and outlines best practice in a Code of Practice (see 2nd resource below).

You should apply for a licence after you have NHS Research Ethics Committee approval.  The application process involves both a peer review of your proposed project and a site visit.

Resources

  • 1. HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority)

    The independent regulator overseeing the use of gametes and embryos in fertility treatment and research. The HFEA license human embryo research and provide details on how to apply for a research licence, current ongoing research as well as codes of practices and other guidance.

    Legal Requirement for some em studies (not applicable for all) Date added: 28 October 2008
  • 2. HFEA Code of Practice 8th edition

    Outlines the regulatory principles which the HFEA consider should be followed in carrying out activites covered by the Act as well as providing further guidance for licence holders.

    Legal Requirement for some em studies (not applicable for all) Date added: 13 October 2009