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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 safe and appropriate practice in fertility treatment and embryo research. The HFEA licence and monitor centres carrying out IVF, donor insemination and human embryo research. Information is available on how to apply for a research license, 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 and provides guidance for licensed centres.

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