The Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authorisation (HFEA) has announced that they are beginning the consultation process to allow fertility clinics to apply for reopening. This is reassuring for both our patients and those across the UK that have been waiting for further news.
We understand that clinics will be required to show a robust, suitable and effective plan to the HFEA prior to reopening to ensure that quality treatment can continue while social distancing measures remain.
The guidelines set by the HFEA will ensure that the safety of patients and staff across all clinics are priority.
The HFEA’s statement can be found below.
“We know that the closure of fertility clinics due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been extremely stressful and we are pleased that in the week commencing 11 May 2020 fertility clinics can apply to reopen. We now have a clear plan for how clinics can offer treatment safely to patients during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
The safety of patients and clinic staff remains our priority. Before a clinic can resume treatment, they must demonstrate that they can provide a safe service for patients and a safe working environment for clinic staff that complies with recommendations from professional guidance.
Clinics must have a COVID-19 treatment commencement strategy in place before they can restart treatment and not all clinics will be able to resume treatment at the same time.
If you have specific questions regarding your medical treatment or the reopening of your chosen fertility clinic, you will need to speak to your clinic directly.
We hope that this will come as good news for patients who have been eager to resume treatment.”