Regulations at Cambridge IVF
IVF and other fertility treatments are strictly controlled. The regulator is the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). You’ll find information about the HFEA in this section, along with other legal detail relating to
- Our requirement to assess future parents, ensuring the welfare of children born following treatment.
- Establishing who are the legal parents of a child conceived following fertility treatment.
- How we look after your information.
Please contact us, if you need any more information.
HFEA's role and responsibility
The HFEA is the UK’s independent regulator of treatment using eggs and sperm, and of treatment and research involving human embryos. Its responsibilities include
- Setting standards for centres carrying out IVF and issuing their licences.
- Providing information about fertility treatments and centres.
- Setting policies for complex fertility issues.
The HFEA website also provides a wealth of information about fertility treatments in the UK, including information for patients, donors and donor conceived people.
Welfare of the child
Fertility clinics have a responsibility to consider the welfare of any child who may be born as a result of IVF treatment. As a licensed centre, we have to take into account the child’s need for supportive parenting. We also need to examine factors which are likely to cause serious physical, psychological or medical harm to the child or to any other child in the family.
Before you start your treatment, we will ask you to complete a form which includes questions dealing with these issues. In some cases, we may need to seek further information, for instance from your doctor, social services or other professionals.
If we decide that we are not able to offer you treatment, we will always provide you with the reasons for making that decision. We will also outline what, if anything, you could do for us to reconsider our decision.