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Glossary

Donor code

An administrative reference number used by clinics to track the use of an individual donor's eggs or sperm. Some people use these codes to help them find genetic siblings, using contact networks and groups that aim to support donor-conceived people, their families, and donors. Whereas the USA's Donor Sibling Registry facilitates and confirms connections primarily by using donor codes, neither UK clinics nor the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority are currently permitted to release such codes. Instead, people who were donor-conceived in the UK can seek siblings via Donor Sibling Link.



Articles using this Glossary Item

Prohibiting sperm donor anonymity in the US and possible effects on recruitment and compensation

03 April 2017 - by Andrew Hellman and Professor Glenn Cohen

Many children conceived using donor sperm or eggs want to know their biological parents. In the US, some clinics make the identity of the sperm donor available to a donor-conceived child at age 18. Most intending parents, though, choose sperm donation programs that do not reveal the identities of the sperm donors – so-called 'anonymous sperm donation'... [Read More]

Donor anonymity comes to an end in Victoria, Australia

06 March 2017 - by Rikita Patel

People conceived using donor eggs or sperm now have a legal right to identifiable information about their biological parents in Victoria, Australia... [Read More]

Regulating the donor-conception industry in the US

27 February 2017 - by Wendy Kramer

In the US, the donor-conception industry is largely unregulated, and there is wide variation in egg- and sperm-bank policies and procedures. Problems often arise as a result of lack of consistency around medical testing, health history follow-up, sharing and updating medical information, openness and transparency, and record-keeping and communication... [Read More]

Twins but legal strangers: paradoxical but could we have expected more?

13 February 2017 - by Dr Alice Margaria

It is not the first time that a court has been called to rule on the recognition of family ties established between a male couple and their twins born from surrogacy abroad. But the recent ruling of the Court of Appeal of Milan has attracted particular interest because of its absurd consequences... [Read More]

Does gamete donation need an overhaul?

07 November 2016 - by Anthony Bagshawe

The closure of the National Sperm Bank is disappointing, but we must now ask how we can change the gamete-donation process to make it easier to attract sufficient numbers of donors... [Read More]

US fertility doctor accused of impregnating patients with his own sperm

19 September 2016 - by Annabel Slater

A retired fertility doctor in the US has been accused of using his own sperm to fertilise the eggs of patients at a fertility clinic... [Read More]

Judge criticises clinic's 'seriously deficient' care of couple after clerical blunder

18 April 2016 - by Cait McDonagh

A clerical mistake at a Sheffield IVF clinic meant that a father's status as his child's legal parent was put in doubt... [Read More]

Retrospective removal of donor anonymity: respectful, fair, grateful and moral? An evidence-based argument

21 March 2016 - by Professor Eric Blyth and Dr Marilyn Crawshaw

The Government of Victoria should be applauded for confronting a dilemma that so many others have avoided... [Read More]

Disrespectful and immoral: retrospective legislation on donor anonymity

14 March 2016 - by Professor Guido Pennings

The State Legislature of Victoria has decided unilaterally to break their agreements with the sperm donors who donated before 1998 and will reveal their identity. It is difficult to imagine a measure that shows more disrespect for both donors and recipients... [Read More]

All donor-conceived people in Victoria now have the right to donor information

29 February 2016 - by Professor Sonia Allan and Damian Adams

The state parliament of Victoria in Australia has passed legislation that will enable all donor-conceived people to receive identifying information about their sperm, oocyte, or embryo donor(s). The model adopted is a world first in its application to donor conception... [Read More]


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