In April 2018 the HFEA took over responsibility for the running of the Donor Conceived Register (DCR). To date, the DCR service has been delivered by the NGDT and the current NGDT contract ends on 31 March 2019. The service is currently out to tender. We are discussing with NGDT how the transfer of all aspects of the service to the new provider will take place. While we expect a short break in service from April 2019, we will ensure as much consistency as possible.
These detailed discussions include how we manage the handover of the DNA testing part of the service to new provider. Given the very long lead time for processing under the current service, we have agreed with the NGDT that they should stop sending out DNA kits. This is because the current lab would be unable to process them after 31 March 2019 and so we can maintain a smooth handover for registrants, the NGDT and the new service provider. We will be discussing with the current DNA testing lab how the handover of any outstanding DNA test results will be managed once the NGDT contract ends.
Any registrant wishing to undertake a DNA test can contact the HFEA on 020 7291 8200 and speak to our Donor Information Team for further information. The Donor Information Team will take your details and the information will be passed to the new service provider. DNA tests will be processed by the new service provider once tests are available.
We are arranging counselling in the interim for those we feel they need access to support. Please contact the Donor Information Team on 0207 291 8200 or via email at Opening.TheRegister@HFEA.GOV.UK for more information.
As always, our priority remains to put in place a new model for the DCR that provides the best service and support for donor conceived people born before or after 1991. We will keep the registrants updated with the progress of choosing a new service provider via the DCR and HFEA websites. Please contact us on 020 7291 8200 or via email at Opening.TheRegister@HFEA.GOV.UK if you have any further queries or questions.
Welcome To The Donor Conceived Register
This contact register enables people conceived through donated sperm or eggs, their donors and half-siblings to exchange information and, where desired, to contact each other. The register is available throughout the UK and is intended for anyone who donated in a UK clinic or was conceived following treatment in a UK clinic before August 1991. However, because of storage and distribution practices, it is possible that donor-conceived born until December 1992 could find donor-conceived half-siblings or their donor on the register. Please contact us to discuss this further. The register has been running since 2004 leading to several links between donors and their donor offspring and donor offspring sharing the same donor. Contact has taken place in various ways, dependent on the wishes of the parties involved. Information can be shared via an independent third party, emails can be exchanged or people can meet up. There is no fixed process; it’s all up to the individual’s wishes. If you
- were a sperm or egg donor and would like to find out what has happened with your wonderful gift or
- if you have been conceived via sperm or egg donation and want to know more about your donor and/or genetic half-sibling from the same donor,
Find out more on this site or contact us now on the confidential support line on 07434 626 411. If you were conceived through treatment or were a donor between August 1991- April 2005 and would like to find out more information and/or become identifiable, you can do so via another register, or give us a call.
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