Expert group

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) set up an expert group to gather evidence as part of the multiple births and embryo transfer review.

The role of the Expert group was to:

  • examine the incidence and impact of multiple births.
  • understand the experience of single embryo transfer in other countries and its impact upon success rates and multiple birth rates.
  • consider the availability of NHS funding for in vitro fertilisation (IVF) in the UK and how funding might affect the implementation of policies to reduce multiple births and review the presentation of success rates and multiple birth rates in HFEA literature.

The group met every two months and concluded the project and produced a report in December 2006.

Membership of the group

The membership of the Expert group was broad-based and included representatives from clinical IVF, embryology, the patient perspective, data collection, multiple births, neonatology and NHS commissioning.

Prof Peter Braude (Chair)
Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
Prof Dr Jan Gerris
Middelheim Hospital, Antwerp, Belgium
Mr Sam Abdalla
The Lister Hospital / HFEA member
Dr Patricia Hamilton
Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health
Prof David Barlow
University of Glasgow
Helen Kendrew
British Fertility Society
Dr Siladitya Bhattacharya
University of Aberdeen
Prof Bill Ledger
University of Sheffield
Kate Brian
Patient perspective
Dr Brian Lieberman
St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester
Clare Lewis-Jones
Infertility Network UK / HFEA member
Dr Dave Morroll
Association of Clinical Embryologists
Jane Denton
Multiple Births Foundation
Assoc Prof Karl Nygren
Sofiahemmet Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
Dr Alun Elias-Jones
Leicester Royal Infirmary
Dr Claire O’Donnell
Cheshire and Merseyside Primary Care Trust