An article in the Evening Standard on 2 August has highlighted the need for consistency in the regulations covering fertility treatment internationally.

A London woman has been told that her son, conceived in 2005 by IVF using donated sperm and eggs, will not be able to trace his biological father. The mother and sperm donor were British, and the sperm donation was arranged by the London Women’s Clinic, but the conception took place at a clinic in Spain, as the London clinic did not have any donor eggs. In the UK, children conceived with donated sperm can find out their biological father’s name once they reach 18, but the same right does not apply in Spain.