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New procedure will speed up approval for embryo screening

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 27 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:215
  1. Kunal Khanna
  1. BMJ

Clinics with experience in screening embryos will have their applications to perform pre-implantation genetic diagnosis fast tracked under new procedures, the government's fertility watchdog announced last week.

Applications to perform pre-implantation genetic diagnosis may be approved without first having to go through the lengthy application process of the licence committee of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), as long as the applying clinic has proven expertise in performing embryo biopsies and wishes to screen for a condition already being successfully tested for in another clinic. Such …

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