Government backs down on merger of regulators but gives go-ahead to inter-species embryos

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 11 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:741
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    The government has decided not to merge the United Kingdom's two regulatory bodies in the field of human reproduction and embryo research. But it gave approval for the creation of human-animal embryos (“inter-species embryos”) for the purposes of research into disease, with the agreement of the regulator.

    The Department of Health's previous proposal to merge the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) has been formally dropped.

    The decision was announced as part of the government's formal response last week to a report published in August by a committee (representing both houses of Parliament) that scrutinised …

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