Changes to gamete and embryo storage

A new UK law came into force at the start of July providing greater flexibility for people who wish to store their eggs, sperm or embryos. From 1 July 2022, all patients can store their eggs, sperm and embryos for their own treatment for up to 55 years, providing they reconsent every 10 years. In addition, providing patients consent to their sperm, eggs or embryos being used in the event of their death, they can remain in storage for up to 10 years from the date they pass away.

The new legislation also means donors can store their eggs or sperm for use up to 55 years and do not need to renew their consent.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has published info about the changes here