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The Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) has since 1991 kept a confidential register of information about donors, patients and treatments. 

From 2008 people aged 16+ contemplating marriage, or anyone over 18, who ask the HFEA will be told whether or not they were born as a result of licensed assisted conception treatment and, if so, whether they are related to the person they want to marry.

From 1st April 2005, the HFEA also required all gamete donors to provide identifying information via the donation clinic. Any child born as a result of sperm, egg or embryo donation now has the right at the age of 18 to this information. The HFEA will not disclose any information without first contacting the donor.

In the event that a donor fails to disclose relevant genetic medical history and a child is born with a disability, a court can require the HFEA to disclose the donor’s identity under the Congenital Disabilities Act (Civil Liabilities) Act 1976.

For more information please visit the HFEA website www.hfea.gov.uk 

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