Stakeholder groups

The following organisations have given their support to this website. They are all involved in various aspects of ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) and a number of their representatives have contributed their specialist knowledge and expertise to the content of this site.


Association of Clinical EmbryologistsAssociation of Clinical Embryologists (ACE)


The Association of Clinical Embryologists (ACE) is
the professional body of and for embryologists in
the UK. It was founded in 1993 to promote high
standards of practice in clinical embryology and to
support the professional interests of embryologists working in the UK. ACE now has in excess of 400 members.

Its objectives are to advance the education and training of people working in the profession of clinical embryology and to promote high standards within the profession, through the provision of advice, information and support to its members.

ACE has been consulted by the Government on a variety of issues and also has representation on other statutory and professional bodies.



British Fertility Society (BFS)British Fertility Society (BFS)

With the encouragement of IVF pioneer Patrick Steptoe, the British Fertility Society was founded in 1972, by a small group with a common interest in infertility. Since then the British Fertility Society has grown alongside the development of reproductive technologies and it now actively promotes the sharing of knowledge, further education and raising standards of practice.

Today, the Society recognises the multidisciplinary nature of science and practice of reproductive medicine and welcomes gynaecologists, andrologists, counsellors, embryologists, endocrinologists, nurses, and other professional groups working in this field, into its membership, which at the present time has numbers over 800.




British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA)British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA)

BICA is a professional association for infertility counsellors and counselling in the UK. It offers training and education services to its members.

BICA seeks to promote the highest standards of counselling for people with fertility problems before, during and after treatment, and for those who choose not to undergo any kind of medical intervention.



Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) websiteHuman Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is the UK's independent regulator overseeing the use of sperm, eggs and embryos in fertility treatment and research.

The HFEA licences centres carrying out in vitro fertilisation (IVF), other assisted conception procedures and human embryo research, and provides a range of detailed information for patients, professionals, the public and Government.




Infertility Network UKInfertility Network UK (IN UK)

Infertility Network UK is the leading infertility support network in the UK, providing information and support to anyone affected by fertility problems through their website, members’ advice line and quarterly magazine. IN UK also lead the campaigning movement working to improve access to NHS-funded treatment and awareness of infertility and its effect on those suffering from it.

Their More to Life branch supports those facing involuntary childlessness.



The Multiple Births FoundationMultiple Births Foundation (MBF)

The Multiple Births Foundation aims to raise awareness of the specific consequences, risks and implications of multiple births for families and professionals concerned with their health and social care.

The MBF provides education and training for professionals on the special needs of multiple births. Direct services to support parents, children and others include information, advice and specialist clinics.



Royal College of NursingRoyal College of Nursing (RCN)

The Royal College of Nursing is the voice of nursing across the UK and the largest professional union of nursing staff in the world.

The RCN promotes patient and nursing interests on a wide range of issues, working closely with the Government, the UK parliaments and other national and European political institutions, trade unions, professional bodies and voluntary organisations.




Royal College of Obstetricians and GynaecologistsRoyal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)

Founded in September 1929, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) aims to encourage the study and the advancement of the science and practice of obstetrics and gynaecology.

To further these aims, RCOG maintains and improves standards in the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology and provides a range of educational tools in all aspects of the subject. It conducts examinations, maintains a register of its members and reviews the suitability of training programmes.

RCOG advises the Government and other public bodies on matters relating to obstetrics and gynaecology. It also works with other agencies to contribute to the improvement of sexual and reproductive health care worldwide.


Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)

One of the newest Medical Royal Colleges, the RCPCH was founded in 1996 although its origins date back to the British Paediatric Association, founded in 1928.

Its objectives are to educate and examine those concerned with the health of children, to advance the art and science of paediatrics, to raise the standard of medical care to children and to advance the education of the public in child health.

Most of this work is carried out in the UK, but it has a small but important programme of work overseas supported in part by the David Baum International Foundation.

The College currently has about 10,000 members worldwide, the majority of whom are based in the UK and Ireland.