Egg donor licence amended29th December 2006
Women not undergoing fertility treatment are to be allowed to donate eggs to stem cell research for the first time.
But the decision by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to amend the donor licence at The Centre for Life in Newcastle in November has caused controversy for failing to wait for the outcome of a public consultation.
The regulator has defended its decision, saying it was duty bound to deal with the application, received some months before consultation began. It said the decision does not affect the consultation, and that the change will be reviewed following publication of the new policy, expected in February.
The Newcastle centre already held a licence to take eggs from women undergoing sterilisation, as well as those that ‘failed to fertilise’ in women undergoing IVF treatment.
The licence was then amended to allow women undergoing fertility treatment to ‘share’ their fresh eggs, giving some to research.
Now it has been amended again to allow donations from women not undergoing treatment.
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Title: Egg donor licence amended
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 1550
Date Added: 29th Dec 2006