Impact assessment

HFE (Disclosure of Information for Research Purposes) Regulations 2010: impact assessment

This publication was published under the 2005 to 2010 Labour government

Impact of new authorisation process for disclosure of identifying information from the register of patients undergoing fertility treatments.



Since 1991, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has maintained a UK-wide register of patients undergoing fertility treatments that involve the creation of embryos outside the body and/or the use of donated gametes (sperm and eggs) and embryos.

Where consent cannot be obtained to the disclosure of identifying information held on the register for research purposes (excluding cases of refusal), an authorisation process is needed to determine if such disclosure would be justified.