In Vitro Fertilisation

Health written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Jim Dobbin Jim Dobbin Labour, Heywood and Middleton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Enfield, Southgate, of 8 January 2014, Official Report, columns 267-8W, on in vitro fertilisation,

(1) whether Klaus Reinhardt, Damian Dowling, or Edward Morrow were invited to contribute evidence pursuant to their paper in response to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's recent call for scientific evidence from experts in any relevant field on the safety or efficacy of pro-nuclear transfer and maternal spindle transfer techniques; whether Paul Knoepfler was invited to contribute evidence to this inquiry; which other individual scientists, research groups or learned societies were notified about this new call for evidence; and how much advance notice each such person was given of the deadline for written submissions;

(2) in which scientific periodicals were notices placed to advertise the recent call from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) for scientific evidence from experts in any relevant field on the safety or efficacy of pro-nuclear transfer and maternal spindle transfer techniques; where else the call for evidence was publicly advertised; and when the report to be published on the HFEA website will be available to members of the public.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has advised that it published its call for evidence regarding the safety and efficacy of pro-nuclear transfer and maternal spindle transfer techniques on its website on 7 March. It informed a range of scientific bodies and institutions, as well as researchers in the field about the call for evidence. The individuals mentioned were either approached as corresponding authors or have already submitted evidence to the review. The call for evidence remained open until 21 March 2014.

Following the process used for the two previous reviews, the call for evidence was not published in any scientific periodicals, but was advertised on the HFEA website. The report will be published in late May.

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