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Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill - 2007-08 (House of Lords)

Summary of the Bill
The Bill provides revised and updated legislation for assisted reproduction and changes to the regulation and licensing of the use of embryos in research and therapy.

Amendments to abortion law are likely to be introduced during the passage of this Bill.

A draft Bill, the Human Tissue and Embryos Bill, was scrutinised by a Joint Committee of both Houses during the summer of 2007. Changes to the Human Tissue Act, such as the establishment of a new body called RATE (Regulatory Authority for Tissues and Embryos), have been dropped. The change in the name of the Bill reflects that revision.

Key areas

Updates on the progress of the bill, together with links to debates and amendments, can be found on the Parliament website via this link: