Assisted conception has been tightly regulated in
the UK since 1991 and seems set to remain so for
the foreseeable future. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (the HFEA) oversees the implementation of a regulatory framework governing
the creation, storage and use of human embryos in treatment, the use of donor gametes and various related procedures. This regulation is generally uncontroversial
but sometimes difficulties arise, whether in respect of statutory interpretation, disagreements with the HFEA,
or issues relating to patients.
We advise a variety of public and private sector licensed centres in relation to regulatory and commercial matters.
In addition to providing advice on the interpretation and application of the law and HFEA guidance, we represent centres at HFEA licence committee hearings and correspond with the HFEA on behalf of centres where appropriate. We also represent centres in court and have been involved in most of the leading cases relating to assisted conception.