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HFEA @ 30 online event - past and present Authority members reflecting on the last 30 years

On 24 March we held a special event bringing together past and present Authority members to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the HFEA, and to celebrate and consider the many achievements of the HFEA and the fertility sector more generally.

We want to use our anniversary as an opportunity to begin a public debate, branded as HFEA @ 30, looking forward to the scientific, clinical, legal and social developments that challenge the regulatory scheme today, and in the years ahead. Our aim is to build a consensus in the coming months about the need for future legislative change, in a similar way that Baroness Warnock did with the introduction of the original HFE Act.

Watch the event below:

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Below is a list of the speakers at the event:

Speaker order

Speaker

Topic

1

Sally Cheshire

Welcome - HFEA @ 30 / key milestones from my time as Chair

2

Ruth Deech

Why the HFEA is still relevant 30 years on

3

Lesley Regan

The connection between fertility treatment and women’s health more generally

4

Emily Jackson

Legal and social change/the regulation of new family formations

5

Andy Greenfield

The evolutions of science, mitochondrial donation and the embryo over time

6

David Archard

PGD and the ethical treatment of inherited illness

7

Jane Denton

Multiple births and a responsible attitude to public health

8

Tony Rutherford

The impact of the HFEA on current and future clinic practices

9

Kate Brian

The best patient care in a competitive market

10

Sally Cheshire

Summarises the discussion

11

Margaret Gilmore

Closing words and thank you to Sally as she steps down as Chair

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Review date: 10 June 2023