Government has accepted the recommendations in the independent review by Justin McCracken of the HFEA and the HTA.
The independent report by Justin McCracken sets out 18 recommendations, primarily for regulators, to improve the efficiency, transparency and accountability of the work carried out by the HFEA and HTA.
The Department of Health had considered transferring the functions of the HFEA and HTA, but following a consultation last year, this review has concluded that while they provide effective regulation and achieve high levels of public and professional confidence, efficiencies can be gained from reducing regulation.
The government has considered this report and accepts all the recommendations. The department will work closely with both bodies on implementation of these recommendations.