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The Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) keeps a confidential register of information about donors, patients and treatments.  The register was set up in 1991 and contains information concerning children conceived from licensed treatments from then onwards.

From 2008 people aged 16+ contemplating marriage, or those 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 contact the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority or visit their website www.hfea.gov.uk

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