Important information for donors or recipients of donated eggs. sperm or embryos.
If you have donated eggs, sperm or embryos for use in fertility treatments after 2005, you will be aware that children born as a result of treatment can ask our regulator, the HFEA, personal details about you. This includes information which can identify you.
Prior to 1st April 2005, donation of eggs, sperm or embryos was made anonymously.
The availability of on-line DNA ‘ancestry’ testing has raised the possibility that identifying information about you might be released via non-regulated means.
If you, or a close genetic relative, participate in DNA testing, you may identify children you were unaware of.
Children, who have been conceived using donor eggs, sperm or embryos, and not told of their genetic origins, may become aware that their parents may not be their biological parents, and could potentially identify you.
If you have any worries or concerns about this issue, please do not hesitate to contact us.