The Department of Health has now published its response to its consultation on proposals to transfer functions from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and the Human Tissue Authority (HTA).
Taking all views into consideration, the Department has decided, on balance, not to pursue a transfer of functions to the Care Quality Commission and the Health Research Authority at this time.
However, the Department remains committed to achieving further efficiencies in the way the HFEA and the HTA operate and, taking account of a clear message in the consultation responses, will initiate an independent review of the way both bodies carry out their functions.
This review, which will start immediately and report to ministers in April, will seriously consider the feasibility of a merger of the HFEA and the HTA.
The Government response, stakeholder responses, terms of reference for the review and related documents can be found here.