The Department will be producing three sets of regulations to implement the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (“the 2008 Act”) in the next 12 months. These are:
regulations relating to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (HFEA) appeals committee;
regulations setting out the procedure for release of information to researchers from the HFEA register of patient information; and
regulations setting out the circumstances in which the storage period of embryos and gametes can be extended.
The HFEA will also be making regulations setting out the procedures to be followed when the HFEA is minded to refuse, revoke or vary a licence.
In addition, there will be several sets of transitional and commencement orders issued to implement the provisions in the 2008 Act.
There are no plans to issue any departmental circulars.
The Department will be consulting on the regulations to implement the 2008 Act, including the HFEA regulations, in the next 12 months. It is planned that the consultation document will be published in January 2009.
Separately to that, the Department will also be consulting on regulations to update the parental order regulations later in the year. It is planned that a consultation paper will be published to support this in the summer.