Establishing Rules for IVF

AuthorMaureen McTeer
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– chapter two –
Establishing Rules for IVF
So how did the Parliament at Westminster respond to the recommenda-
tions of the Warnock Report? Initially, only a law banning commercial
surrogacy was passed, while the other recommendations remained in
limbo. Yet the initial challenges presented by IVF and related practi-
ces remained, and the demand for this reproductive technology grew.
Women, who sought IVF and related reproductive techniques in order
to achieve a pregnancy and have a child, remained in need of protection,
while the physicians and the clinics in which they practised all needed
guidance, training, rules — and eventually, legal frameworks — by which
to operate.
In response to this legislative and regulatory vacuum, the British
Medical Research Council and the Royal College of Obstetricians and
Gynaecologists moved to establish a voluntary regulatory body to oversee
the activities of their members practising in the area of assisted human
reproduction. Together, they crafted an Interim Licensing Authority (ILA)
with regulations which, while voluntary, began to set standards and estab-
lish procedures for the training and discipline of those members oering
IVF and related reproductive interventions. e signicance of this action
cannot be overstated, for the policies and procedures they developed went
on to serve as the foundation for future legislation and regulations relating

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