The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has today decided to withdraw one of the enforcement powers underpinning its multiple births policy. From 1 January 2014, IVF clinics will no longer be subject to a condition on their licence that they keep their multiple births rate below the HFEA target.
With strong involvement from professional and patient organisations, the Authority’s policy on reducing multiple births following IVF has already had a positive impact: multiple births rates have reduced from 1 in 4 IVF births to 1 in 6, whilst success rates remain steady. However, in the light of a challenge launched by two UK clinics, resulting in considerable cost to the HFEA, the Authority decided at its board meeting in London to remove the licence condition, instead concentrating on other, existing powers to enforce the policy.
See a joint statement from The Association of Clinical Embryologists (ACE), the British Fertility Society (BFS), The Multiple Births Foundation (MBF) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)