HFEA changes surrogacy rules on exporting sperm, eggs and embryos from the UK to overseas

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has published an article Natalie Gamble wrote for them about the recent decision of the UK regulator the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to update its guidance on exporting gametes and embryos for surrogacy.

NGA Law and our sister organisation Brilliant Beginnings have been at the forefront of winning this change in HFEA guidance, which will make it easier for intended parents from the UK to send their embryos, sperm or eggs to overseas clinics if they need the help of a surrogate to carry a baby for them. It is an issue which has come to the fore during the pandemic, with international travel restrictions preventing intended parents from travelling themselves for the purposes of fertility treatment.

You can read the HFEA’s announcement about its guidance change here.

Natalie’s article for ASRM, written for US medical professionals, explains the background to the change in the rules and how it will help intended parents who wish to build their families through international surrogacy.

You can read the article here

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