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Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990

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14Conditions of storage licences

(1)The following shall be conditions of every licence authorising the storage of gametes or embryos—

(a)that gametes of a person or an embryo taken from a woman shall be placed in storage only if received from that person or woman or acquired from a person to whom a licence applies and that an embryo the creation of which has been brought about in vitro otherwise than in pursuance of that licence shall be placed in storage only if acquired from a person to whom a licence applies,

(b)that gametes or embryos which are or have been stored shall not be supplied to a person otherwise than in the course of providing treatment services unless that person is a person to whom a licence applies,

(c)that no gametes or embryos shall be kept in storage for longer than the statutory storage period and, if stored at the end of the period, shall be allowed to perish, and

(d)that such information as the Authority may specify in directions as to the persons whose consent is required under Schedule 3 to this Act, the terms of their consent and the circumstances of the storage and as to such other matters as the Authority may specify in directions shall be included in the records maintained in pursuance of the licence.

(2)No information shall be removed from any records maintained in pursuance of such a licence before the expiry of such period as may be specified in directions for records of the class in question.

(3)The statutory storage period in respect of gametes is such period not exceeding ten years as the licence may specify.

(4)The statutory storage period in respect of embryos is such period not exceeding five years as the licence may specify.

(5)Regulations may provide that subsection (3) or (4) above shall have effect as if for ten years or, as the case may be, five years there were substituted—

(a)such shorter period, or

(b)in such circumstances as may be specified in the regulations, such longer period,

as may be specified in the regulations.

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