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Donor anonymity

Donors do not remain anonymous.  Under current legislation, clnics have a legal obligation to record a donor's name and some details, this information can be passed onto any resulting child. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 (HFE Act) requires that the names and details of all donors must be registered with the HFEA.  People aged 16 or over, who ask, can be told whether they could be related to someone they want to marry.   The HFEA also has a legal duty under the HFE Act to tell adults, who ask, whether they were born as a result of treatment using donated eggs or sperm.

The donor can find out if there are any children born as a result of their donation. She can also find out the sex and year of  birth.

Parenthood and legal status of an egg donor.

Donors do not have any legal rights or obligations to any child born from treatment, in the same way any child born does not have a legal relationship with the donor.

The women who gives birth is always considered to be the child's legal mother.  This is the case, even if the treatment involved the use of donated eggs or embryos.  The law only recognises one person as the legal mother of a child.

For further information regarding becoming an egg donor please Contact Us

 or visit:   http://www.hfea.gov.uk/egg-and-sperm-donors.html