• The HFEA has announced a new fee structure for the fee charged for IVF following a single embryo transfer. At present, clinics pay the HFEA for each cycle of IVF they carry out. Many clinics pass this fee onto patients. The extra cost can infl uence patients to have multiple embryos transferred in a single cycle, increasing the risk of a multiple pregnancy. From 1 October 2010, clinics will pay the HFEA a fee of £104.50 for a patient’s initial treatment cycle using single embryo transfer. If the fi rst cycle is unsuccessful, each additional frozen embryo transfer will not be charged.
  • The Human Genetics Commission has published new guidance warning parents against testing the DNA of their children. The Commission advises against using direct-to-consumer genetic tests unless clinically indicated and favours allowing children to make their own health decisions.