The Abortion Act 1967 permits termination of pregnancy by a registered medical practitioner subject to certain conditions. Registered practitioners must submit an abortion notification form (HSA4) for every abortion they carry out. The Department of Health (DH) checks these forms to ensure that:
- its best practice guidance is followed
- abortion data comply with the National Statistics’ code of practice
This publication sets out how DH checks each part of the HSA4 form.