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IVF legislation in the UK

Venessa Smith
Assisted Conception Unit Quality Manager at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Advanced Maternal Age, Donor Eggs, IVF Abroad

From this video you will find out:
  • What is HFEA (Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority) for and how does it help patients?
  • What are the aims of the HFEA?
  • Why is single embryo transfer encouraged? What are the current statistics on single embryo transfer?
  • What are the laws on egg donation in the UK?
  • How does legal parenthood work?
  • Is PGT (Pre-implantation Genetic Testing) allowed? When can it be recommended?
  • What about the treatment add-ons? Does the evidence show that an add-on improves the chances of having a baby?

What is fertility treatment law in the UK?

In this session, Venessa Smith, Quality Manager at Assisted Conception Unit – Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, discussed IVF, egg donation and other procedures and its laws and regulations in the UK.

Venessa Smith

Venessa Smith

Venessa Smith is a HCPC registered clinical scientist with more than 20 years' experience working in fertility. She has worked as an embryologist at a number of different UK clinics, followed by the London Women’s Clinic in Harley Street as Embryology Laboratory and Sperm Bank Manager, where she developed a specific interest in gamete donation. She later became the group's Quality Manager and is experienced in clinical governance, helping clinics develop Total Quality Management programmes, performing audits, and passionate about supporting staff. Venessa is a regular speaker for the Donor Conception Network Planning for Parenthood Workshops and has contributed to a number of books and journals. She currently sits on the HFEA Licensed Centre’s Panel and was part of the HFEA Working Group for the most recent edition of the HFEA Code of Practice. She has recently joined the Assisted Conception Unit at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.
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Caroline Kulczycka

Caroline Kulczycka

Caroline Kulczycka is an International Patient Coordinator who has been supporting IVF patients for over 2 years. Always eager to help and provide comprehensive information based on her thorough knowledge and experience whether you are just starting or are in the middle of your IVF journey. She’s a customer care specialist with +10 years of experience, worked also in the tourism industry, and dealt with international customers on a daily basis, including working abroad. When she’s not taking care of her customers and patients, you’ll find her traveling, biking, learning new things, or spending time outdoors.


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