Date Published: 1 October 2006
HFEA proposes £2950 for annual regulation fees for insemination clinics
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) is proposing an annual licence fee of £2950 that previously unlicensed insemination clinics will be required to pay under the European Union Tissues and Cells Directive (EUTD).
The remit of the HFEA has been extended by the EUTD to include that regulation of services involving fresh gametes (eggs and sperm), such as intra-uterine insemination (IUI) and gamete intra-fallopian transfer (GIFT).
All clinics providing IUI, GIFT or other uses of sperm, eggs which are not already licensed by the HFEA must do so by 7 April 2007, these include:
It will be illegal for any clinic to carry on performing a licensable service without a licence from the HFEA after this date.
The scope of the 7 week consultation, which ends on 17 November 2006, sets out a proposal for the ongoing regulation and inspection of clinics providing IUI, GIFT, internet procurement companies and centres providing sperm sorting service. The consultation also covers the renewal application fees and third party agreement fees that involve licensable activities, such as sperm preparation processes or transport IVF arrangements.
The services and benefits that will be offered to clinics include:
Angela McNab, Chief Executive of the HFEA said: