Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008

A UK Parliamentary Act which amended the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990.

Human Fertilisation & Embryology Act 2008, key provisions
• Ensure that all human embryos outside the body, however created, are subject to regulation.
• Ensure regulation of “human-admixed” embryos created from a combination of human and animal genetic material for research.
• Ban sex selection of offspring for non-medical reasons. Sex selection is allowed for medical reasons—e.g., to avoid a serious disease that affects only males.
• Recognise same-sex couples as legal parents of children conceived through the use of donated sperm, eggs or embryos. These provisions would enable the civil partner of a woman who carries a child via IVF to be recognised as the child’s legal parent.
• Retain a duty to weigh the welfare of the child in providing fertility treatment and the need for supportive parenting.
• Alter restrictions on using HFEA-collected data to enable follow-up research of infertility treatment.
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