Ethics, Economics and the Exotic: The Early Career of the HFEA
Health Care Analysis: An International Journal of Health Care Philosophy and Policy 2004 March; 12(1): 7-26
The Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) is the UK's statutory regulator of licensed assisted conception treatments. The past 10 years have, inevitably, drawn it further and deeper into this area of legal, moral and political controversy. It is opportune to consider how it has fared in the new climate of public accountability and critical scrutiny, and whether reform or revision of its role, mandate or operation may be called for. Through a close analysis of its published Annual Reports, it is possible to form a picture of a development of the HFEA which has not been consistent, coherent or comfortable.