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Surrogacy guidance published for parents, surrogates and health professionals

Two guidance documents published by Department of Health and Social Care

The Department of Health and Social Care has published information for intended parents, surrogates and health professionals about the surrogacy process in England and Wales.

There are two guidance documents. The guidance for surrogates and intended parents sets out how to start a family through a surrogacy arrangement in England and Wales. This guidance is intended to give the reader key information about surrogacy and the relevant legal process in the UK.

The guidance for healthcare professionals sets out good practice in providing care to people having a child through surrogacy. This guidance notes that it does not override the individual responsibility of healthcare professionals to make appropriate decisions according to the circumstances of the individual patient in consultation with the patient and /or carer. However, healthcare professionals should be prepared to justify any deviation from this guidance.

Family Law Week's latest Surrogacy Update, written by Andrew Powell of 4 Paper Buildings, will be published within the next week.

For the surrogacy guidance, click here.