The 8th Edition of the HFEA’s Code of Practice has been published and will come into force on 1 October 2009. Key changes include:

  • Revised consent forms
  • More clarity on the definition of “supportive parenting”, which will be helpful for same sex couples and single parents
  • Changes relating to the destruction of embryos
  • A requirement for costed treatment plans setting out the cost at the outset of treatment

The 8th Code of Practice, together with associated documents, (including the updated consent forms and directions), can be accessed via the HFEA website – www.hfea.gov.uk.