What is the HFEA?

As you deal with CRGH you may hear us refer to the HFEA quite a bit, but what is this organisation, exactly?

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, or HFEA, is responsible for regulating and overseeing the use of gametes and embryos in fertility treatment and research throughout the United Kingdom. Basically, the HFEA regulates the legal framework of assisted conception – the service that CRGH provides – through licensing. As a regulator, the HFEA is the primary and exclusive information provider for patients and ensures that fertility clinics provide the highest quality care possible.

At CRGH, we rely heavily on the rules and regulations that the HFEA implements for fertility clinics in the UK. They set the standard for each and every fertility treatment that uses eggs, sperm, and embryos. In fact, the HFEA must licence and approve everything that a fertility clinic does – well beyond issuing licenses for specific treatments.

The HFEA’s licensing is a fundamental part of our operations. For example, while in the process of opening our new facility, the HFEA had to approve the use of that new location – and once our licence was issued for that new location, the licensing for our previous location would be voided. The HFEA even must approve the fabric, paint, and layout of our treatment facilities!

As one of the top fertility clinics in the UK, we realise the need for the HFEA as a safeguard for our patients. Many other countries do not have regulators like the HFEA, which means there is no watchdog or guarantee of safety for patients. The regulations ensure that all laboratories, treatment facilities, and physician theatres are operated in a safe and proper manner.

If you’d like to learn more about the HFEA, you should refer to their website. They offer a plethora of information about what they do, their role as a regulator, committees and papers, and a complete list of all approved and licensed fertility clinics within the UK. Furthermore, their site also lists all of the treatment and egg, sperm, and embryo storage options that they approve.

In fact, you can also use the HFEA website to look up their listing for CRGH! You’ll be able to see a quick rundown of what treatment options we offer, the status of any waiting lists, success rates, live birth statistics, and the opportunity to provide patient feedback directly to the HFEA.