Higher payments to UK sperm and egg donors

October 2011

On the 19th October, and following an extensive public consultation, HFEA agreed new policies to improve sperm donation and egg donation services. These changes mainly affected two areas: how much clinics can pay and the way it is paid.

Moving away from the current system of out of pocket expenses and a loss of earnings allowance capped at £250, clinics will in the future be able to offer donors compensation which better reflects their expenses.

The new scheme will include:

  • For sperm donors, a fixed sum of £35 per visit including expenses
  • For egg donors, a fixed sum of £750 per cycle of donation including expenses

Spire Fertility and the London Fertility Centre welcome these changes and takes them very positively. Everyone in the fertility treatment field recognises the difficulties couples/women face when they need an egg or sperm donor to achieve their dreams of having children and completing their families. Donor payment and the way it was paid requiring proof of loss of earnings is/was one area that, based on our experience, has stopped many men and women coming forward to donate their gametes. The other major hurdle is the law of loss of anonymity introduced in 2005, which remains, but it is in contrast to some other European countries like Spain. However, it is an important law giving donor conceived children the right to trace their genetic parents.

We hope that these changes will encourage many more people to donate. LFC has already seen significantly more enquiries.

Dr Magdy Asaad, FRCOG
Person Responsible / Clinical Director
London Fertility Centre
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