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The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is the UK's independent regulator overseeing the use of gametes and embryos in fertility treatment and research.

The HFEA licenses fertility clinics and centres carrying out in vitro fertilisation (IVF), other assisted conception procedures and human embryo research.

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Latest news from the HFEA

HFEA comments on Lords regenerative medicine report
01 July 2013
We welcome the Lords Science and Technology Committee’s report into regenerative medicine.
HFEA refutes David King's suggestion that public opinion in the 'Medical Frontiers: Debating mitochondria replacement' consultation was misrepresented
28 June 2013
The government today announced its decision to proceed with draft regulations which will enable the use of mitochondria replacement techniques to be used for patient treatment.
HFEA reaction to the forced donor insemination court case
29 April 2013
The HFEA is shocked and appalled by this dreadful case where a mother forced her adopted daughter to inseminate herself so that she could raise the baby as her own...

Understanding fertility clinic success rates

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