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Human Fertilisation and Embryology: The New Law

ISBN13: 9781846611384
Published: March 2009
Publisher: Family Law LexisNexis
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £55.99

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The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 represents the most radical overhaul of the United Kingdom’s embryology laws since the enactment of the original 1990 Act. It is intended to ensure that the legislative framework keeps up with the fast pace of technological, social and medical change.

The new Act is a comprehensive amending statute which makes considerable changes to the operation of both the HFEA 1990 and regulation in the area of assisted reproductive technology and embryo research. Major provisions contained in the Act include:-

  • Extending regulation to the creation and use of all embryos outside of the human body, regardless of the processes used in their creation
  • Increasing the scope of legitimate embryo research activities, allowing hybrid embryos to be created for research into serious diseases
  • Enforcing a ban on sex selection of offspring for non-medical reasons
  • Retention of a duty, when providing fertility treatment, to take account of “the welfare of the child”, but removal of the reference to ‘the need for a father’
  • Recognising same-sex couples as legal parents of children conceived through the use of donated sperm, eggs or embryos
Human Fertilisation and Embryology: The New Law provides an authoritative commentary, highlighting areas of potential difficulty and offering practical guidance. This book is essential reading for family lawyers, academics and medical professionals. It includes the text of both the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 and the HFEA 1990 (as amended).

Medical Law, Family Law
General principles of the new Act
Activities governed by the Act
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
The licensing structure
Licences for treatment
Licences for non-fertility services
Licences for storage
Licences for research
Consent provisions
Parenthood in cases involving assisted reproduction
Donors and information
Miscellaneous provisions, amendments to surrogacy provisions and other statutes