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Human Fertilisation and Embryology [HL] Act 2008

Type of Bill:
Government Bill
Lord Darzi of Denham
Department of Health
Alan Johnson
Department of Health

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Lords

  1. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Last event

Act of Parliament

House Act Date
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. c.22. HTML version 14.11.2008

Summary of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology [HL] Act 2008

The Bill provides for revised and updated legislation on assisted reproduction and for changes to the regulation and licensing of embryo use in research and therapy. A draft Bill, the Human Tissue and Embryos Bill, was scrutinised by a joint committee of both Houses.  Proposed changes to the Human Tissue Act 2004, such as the establishment of a new body called RATE, have been dropped. The revised name of this Bill reflects that change.

The Bill includes provision for research into different types of embryos, and proposes changes to definitions of legal parenthood for cases involving assisted reproduction.

Amendments to abortion law were tabled during the passage of this Bill. These were discussed by a Committee of the whole House but not passed.


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