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.
- Read the government response to consultation
- Read the stakeholder responses to the consultation
- Terms of reference for the independent review