Fertility authority consults on screening prospective parents to ensure children's welfareBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7483.114-a (Published 13 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:114
- Caroline White
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's, the UK regulatory body for assisted conception and human embryo research, has started a consultation on clarifying its guidance on the welfare of children born to patients having infertility treatment.
Fertility clinics are legally obliged to consider the welfare of any future children resulting from assisted conception before giving prospective parents the go-ahead for treatment. This assessment takes account of medical, physical, psychological, and social factors and routinely involves family doctors.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's guidance on interpreting this aspect of the legislation has not been fully revised since the authority …