This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
This order, which comes into force on the day after the date of its notification in the Gazette, amends the Human Assisted Reproductive Technology Order 2005.
Clauses 1 and 2 of Part 2 of the Schedule of the principal order are replaced with new clauses 1 to 2A. Those clauses effectively specify when the use of donated eggs or donated sperm in a procedure will require the approval of the ethics committee. The changes are intended to ensure that the approval of the ethics committee will not be required if,—
in the case of donated eggs, the donor is a sister or cousin of the patient:
in the case of donated sperm, the donor is a brother or cousin of the patient’s spouse or partner:
in the case of a procedure that involves the use of eggs donated by the patient's partner and also involves donated sperm, the donor of the sperm is a brother or cousin of the patient.
Clause 3 of Part 2 is amended and new clause 7 is added to ensure that the use of frozen human eggs for fertility treatment will not require the approval of the ethics committee so long as the donor is alive when the procedure is carried out.