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Sperm donor anonymity.

Sperm donation and the law

British law allows donor-conceived individuals access to information about their sperm donor for medical, social and emotional reasons.

The law requires donors to register both non-identifying information (such as physical characteristics and medical background) and identifying information (including full name and date of birth). This information is provided to the clinic and lodged in a confidential registry at the HFEA.

Recipients of donor sperm are allowed access to non-identifying information only. However, any individual conceived with donor sperm has the right to request non-identifying information from the age of 16 and identifying information from the age of 18.

The HFEA and sperm donation

The HFEA notifies the donor before any information is released.

There is little information on how many donor-conceived people wish to establish contact with the sperm donor, but recent research suggests that their greatest interest is to locate their half-siblings. We understand too that many donors welcome the possibility that they too might meet the children that have helped create.

The legal responsibility of sperm donors

The law states that sperm donors through HFEA-licensed clinics have NO legal or financial responsibility for any child conceived using their sperm, even if the donor-conceived individual contacts you. If you are considering donating to someone known to you, the legal position could be different and you may wish to take legal advice.

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