The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) was set up in 1991 and comprises members (the majority of whom are clinicians, researchers or other fertility / embryology professionals) and a lay chair. The Authority oversees a staff which licenses and inspects fertility clinics in the UK.
In the UK, you need a licence from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to:
- Provide medical treatment involving human embryos, eggs or sperm
- Create human embryos (or conduct testing or research on them)
- Store human eggs, sperm or embryos
- Collect human eggs or sperm for donation