Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority wants your views on its 2020 strategy

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is calling on you to help it shape its future strategy

The fertility watchdog launched its last strategy in 2017 focusing on patients receiving the highest quality care. It has spent the past two years implementing those aims and now wants to map out its strategy for 2020 to 2023.

The HFEA said its strategy has three main aims; to ensure patients receive high quality evidence-based care, that they have access to the correct information at the right time and to be ready for any changes in the law, science and society.

“We are determined patients will receive the best quality information and care”

Peter Thompson, HFEA Chief Executive, said: “Our last strategy was launched in 2017 with a clear focus on ensuring patients receive the highest quality care. Since then, we have worked with the sector to improve regulatory compliance, especially in lowering multiple births – the biggest risk of fertility treatment – and enhanced the support patients receive and the information they are given before and during treatment. We have also made the information we provide clear, impartial and accessible; and driven up standards of clinic leadership across the UK.

“The new proposed three-year strategy continues many of these themes. We are determined that patients and their partners will receive the best quality information and care before, during and after treatment; and that, as the UK wide regulator, we are prepared for any future changes that will affect the sector. As a values-based organisation we will continue to make decisions informed by both ethical and scientific concerns.

“Our work with professionals and patient groups on reducing the multiple birth rate, and our recent focus on the way in which treatment add-ons are offered in fertility clinics, demonstrates that working collaboratively makes us a stronger force. We plan to continue these collaborations in the future. I hope you will take the time to comment on our plans and let us know what you think.”

To do this they need your help, to complete the online survey, click here.

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