Government response to consultation on fertility and human tissue regulators

The Department of Health has today 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) to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Health Research Authority (HRA). The public consultation ran from June to September 2012.

The department  heard from all 4 main bodies directly affected by the proposals (HFEA, HTA, CQC, HRA), from significant organisations such as the British Medical Association and the British Fertility Society, a number of Royal Colleges, as well as private sector organisations and individuals.

Taking all views into consideration, the department has decided, on balance, that it will not pursue a transfer of functions 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 how both bodies carry out their functions. The independent 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.

In addition, there is a Written Ministerial Statement and departmental press release relating to the government response.

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Publication title: Government response to the consultation on proposals to transfer functions from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Human Tissue Authority

Document type: Report

Publication description: Government response to the consultation on proposals to transfer functions from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Human Tissue Authority

Publication author: Department of Health

Copyright holder: Crown

DH Gateway number: 18627

Date of publication: 25 January, 2013

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