The law around Egg Donation in UK


All egg, sperm and embryo donation in UK is Non - anonymous

What does non anonymous egg donation mean for You?

Since 2005 all egg donors must agree to be identifiable to any person conceived from their donation. This means that your donation is non-anonymous
When you become an egg donor in a UK- based clinic, licensed by the HFEA, you will be asked for certain personal details. This information will initially be used by the clinic to assess your suitability as an egg donor.

If you subsequently become an egg donor the information will then be passed on to the HFEA and will be stored on an up-to-date live register. Your information will always be kept confidential and stored in line with Data Protection legislation. The HFEA will pass your details on to any individual born as a result of your donation if that person requests it.
Prior to donation you will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Name.

  • Date of birth.

  • Address.

  • Ethnic group.

  • Marital status.

  • The number of children you already have and their gender.

  • Physical characteristics.

  • Details of your screening tests and medical history.

  • A goodwill message to any potential children conceived following your donation.

  • A personal description.

Your recipients can ask the HFEA for non-identifying information about you at any time. They can pass these details on to their donor-conceived child whenever they like.

Your recipients can also find out how many other children have been born following your donations, their gender and year of birth.

When a child conceived through your donation reaches the age of 16 they can apply to the HFEA to receive all the non-identifying information you provided when you donated. That is, all the information you gave except for your name, NHS number and last-known address.

When a person conceived through your donation reaches the age of 18 they can apply to the HFEA to find all the information you provided, including identifying information such as your name, NHS number and last-known address.

Information about your donated eggs
Any time following your donation, you have a right to find out:
  • If your donation has been successful
  • The number of children born as a result of your donation
  • The gender and year of birth of any children born following your donation.
Legal Parenthood
All UK-based clinics licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) must conform to strict medical, legal and ethical standards. By donating your eggs in a UK clinic (even if you donate to someone you know) your legal parenthood is as follows:
  • You will not be the legal parent of any child born as a result of your donation.
  • You will have no legal obligation to any child born from your donation.
  • You will not be named on the child’s birth certificate.
  • You will not have any rights over how the child will be raised.
  • You will not be asked to support the child financially.
Before treatment can begin you are required by law to give your informed consent. This is to ensure that you are fully aware of how the egg donation process works and the treatment you will receive. You must also understand how your personal information will be used. We understand that becoming an egg donor is a big decision for many women. We encourage all of our donors to ask as many questions as they need to. You will be given the time and opportunity to ask as many questions as you want.