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Fertility

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) classifies (a) unfertilised eggs and (b) immature human eggs that have not been used to create an embryo as eggs that have failed to fertilise; and what guidance has been issued to the HFEA on the application of the provisions of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Acts 1990 and 2008 to the classification of eggs that have failed to fertilise. (322329)

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has advised that eggs which are classified as failed to fertilise are those eggs which have had sperm applied to them but subsequently did not fertilise. The Government have not given any guidance to the HFEA on how it should classify any egg that does not fertilise.