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Mitochondrial donation regulations come into force

HFEA oversees licensing of clinics

The UK has become the first country to license mitochondrial donation techniques which will allow women who carry the risk of serious mitochondrial disease to avoid passing it onto their children. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations 2015 came into force on the 29th October 2015.

Since Parliament approved the introduction of the regulations in February, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has  been developing a licensing regime that will allow clinics to apply to use the techniques of pronuclear transfer (PNT) and maternal spindle transfer (MST). Any clinic that applies to perform these techniques will have to provide clear evidence that they have both the staff with the experience to perform them and the equipment to do so. Consideration will also be given to the clinic's plans for follow-up of the children born, so that together we can ensure that patients receiving these new treatments get the best possible care. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis, during which the potential patient's specific circumstances will be taken into account. 

For an article concerning the regulations, written by Professor Nils Hoppe and Katy Rensten of Coram Chambers, please click here.

The regulations are here.