Human Fertilisation and Embryology

The New Law

By Dewinder Birk

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 represents the most radical overhaul of the UK's embryology laws since the enactment of the original 1990 Act and is intended to ensure that the UK legislative framework keeps up with the fast pace of technological, social, and medical change. The new Act is a comprehensive amending statute which makes considerable changes to the operation of both the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 and regulation in the area of assisted reproductive technology and embryo research. Major provisions contained in the Act include: extending UK regulation to the creation and use of all embryos outside of the human body, regardless of the processes used in their creation . increasing the scope of legitimate embryo research activities, allowing hybrid embryos to be created for research into serious diseases . enforcing a ban on sex selection of offspring for non-medical reasons . retention of a duty, when providing fertility treatment, to take account of 'the welfare of the child,' but removal of the reference to 'the need for a father' . recognizing same-sex couples as legal parents of children conceived through the use of donated sperm, eggs, or embryos. This book provides an authoritative commentary, highlighting areas of potential difficulty and offering practical guidance. The book is essential reading for family lawyers, academics, and medical professionals. It includes the text of both the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 (as amended).


411 pages

Publication Date: 3/1/2009
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781846611384