The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Tony Prosser

in The Regulatory Enterprise

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199579839
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594472 | DOI:
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

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This chapter applies the arguments developed in the preceding chapter to the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. It examines the background to, and functions of, the Authority and discusses controversies about its relations with government and its role in policy making, including coverage of criticisms by Parliamentary committees. It describes the Authority's legal duties and its roles in consumer protection and in protecting human rights, in particular informed consent and rights under the European Convention on Human Rights. It examines the procedures of the Authority, and discusses in detail consultation exercises on the welfare of the child and on human/animal hybrid and chimera embryos. Finally, there is discussion of the procedures for determining licensing decisions.

Keywords: regulation; fertilisation; embryology; informed consent; procedures; consumers; human rights; consultation; licensing

Chapter.  10964 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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