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Human In Vitro Fertilization

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Jennifer GunningVisiting Fellow, Centre for Analysis of Social Policy, University of Bath, Veronica EnglishHuman Fertilization and Embryology Authority, London

ISBN13: 9781855213470
ISBN: 1855213478
Published: November 1993
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

The book is a case study in the regulation of medical innovation and is one of the first to put on record the development of a new medical technology together with an account of the evolution of regulated regulation and legislation. Focussing primarily on the UK, it documents the development of human in vitro fertilization, the regulation of research and clinical provision by the Voluntary (later Interim) Licensing Authority and the move to legislation and statutory regulation. There is a discussion of the ethical issues involved and an analysis of the success of voluntary regulation. Finally, a summary is provided of the regulation of IVF around the world. The authors have unique access to the records of the Medical Research Council and the VLA.

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Early days; birth of a new ethical issue; committees of inquiry and the move to regulation; the Voluntary Licensing Authority; the ethical minefield; the Interim Licensing Authority; from voluntary to statutory regulation; the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority; international overview of IVF regulations; appendix 1 - membership of the Voluntary Licensing Authority; appendix 2 - guidelines for both clinical and research applications of human in vitro fertilization; appendix 3 - consent for for in vitro fertilization; appendix 4 - guidelines for ethics committees; appendix 5 - egg donation information booklet; appendix 6 - membership of the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority.