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Artificial insemination - patient and donor confidentiality

The Private Healthcare UK guide to infertility treatment contains articles on infertility and IVF treatment which are aimed at improving your knowledge of treatments for infertility, their benefits and potential risks. 

 

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The HFEA keeps a confidential register of information about donors, patients and treatments. This register was set up on 1st August 1991 and therefore contains information concerning children conceived from licensed treatments from that date onwards.

As from the year 2008, people aged 16+ (if contemplating marriage) or 18 who ask the HFEA will be told whether or not they were born as a result of licensed assisted conception treatment, and if so, whether they are related to the person they want to marry.  As the law now stands for children conceived before April 1, 2005, that is the only information that will be disclosed by the HFEA.

 

From 1st April 2005, the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) requires all gamete donors to provide identifying information. This information will enable the HFEA to inform a donor in the future of any enquiries made by a child that has been born following a donation when that child reaches the age of 18.  The enquiries can be made by the offspring only, not by the sperm donor recipient.  The HFEA will not disclose any information without first contacting the donor.  A donor is made aware of births resulting from his donation.   

 

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