Policy paper

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008: post-legislative assessment

Submission to the Health Committee on the preliminary assessment of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 updates legislation regulating:

  • delivery of assisted reproduction treatments and related services
  • research involving the use of human embryos

The 2008 Act also updates the provisions that determine legal parenthood for children born as a result of the use of assisted reproduction techniques, including surrogacy.

Government departments are required to carry out a preliminary assessment of all Acts of Parliament they are responsible for since 2005 within 3 to 5 years after an Act has received Royal Assent.

Published 31 March 2014