The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced in February that it was looking into the fertility industry due to a lack of price transparency and misleading claims about success rates. It has worked closely with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to develop these guidelines, with input from the fertility sector, including patients, clinicians, and professional bodies.
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“23 March 2020
An open letter to fertility patients:
Sally Cheshire CBE, Chair HFEA
As Chair of the HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology), the regulator responsible for overseeing all UK fertility clinics, I wanted to write an open letter to all of you who are currently undergoing or were planning fertility treatment at this difficult time.
The legislation surrounding gamete freezing is complicated and difficult to comprehend, even for people with law degrees. The Progress Educational Trust's latest event 'Frozen Fertility: The Challenges of Storing Eggs, Sperm and Embryos', held at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, set out to explore the current state of play.
Sally Cheshire, Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), said that what fertility patients want most of all is a baby, or at least the chance to have a baby. She explained that many patients will do anything to achieve their aim, and that the regulator's job is to help them achieve this in the best way possible, as part of good care.