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Glossary

Donor information form

A form which must be completed for all UK gamete donors, requiring information to confirm the donor's identity, physical characteristics, ethnic background and medical history. The donor can write a personal description (pen portrait/picture), provide their reasons for donating, and add a goodwill message. The non-identifiable information contained in this form can, upon request, be made available to patients requiring donation, to parents of children conceived with the donor's gametes, and to children conceived with the donor's gametes (once the latter reach the age of 16). When children conceived with the donor's gametes reach the age of 18, the full content of this form can be made available to them on request.



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How Germany's new Sperm Donor Registry Act is internationally progressive

26 June 2017 - by Claudia Brügge and Dr Petra Thorn

The German government has passed a law that will regulate the right of donor-conceived people to access their biological origins... [Read More]

Dutch court rules donor families can test fertility doctor's DNA

05 June 2017 - by Dr Rachel Brown

A court in the Netherlands has ruled that DNA tests can be performed on items belonging to a deceased fertility clinic director accused of using his own sperm for fertility treatments... [Read More]

Dutch woman tracks her sperm donor using DNA bank

05 June 2017 - by Rikita Patel

A donor-conceived Dutch woman, Emi Stikkelman, is the first to find her sperm donor using an American commercial DNA bank... [Read More]

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]

Going home and forgetting about it: a different perspective on donors and donor conception

27 March 2017 - by Dr Petra Nordqvist and Hazel Burke

Until twelve years ago, most people donating eggs or sperm via a UK clinic would be anonymous. In the eyes of the law, this donation was a generous gift that was handed over without continuing responsibilities or ties for the donor. In fact, continued involvement of the donor was usually discouraged... [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]

Birth Certificates and Assisted Reproduction: Setting the Record Straight?

24 October 2016 - by Daniel Malynn

This event explored how can the law deal with the multiple-parent families created by donor conception and surrogacy, and asked: 'What makes someone a parent, and how should a birth certificate reflect that?'... [Read More]

Should the Law Commission take a look at the birth registration system?

17 October 2016 - by Dr Julie McCandless

Birth registration seems to be an increasingly 'unstraightforward' procedure for many. Given the impact that birth registration has on wider society, effective law reform cannot be implemented without asking wider questions about the role and purpose of birth registration in contemporary society, as opposed to piecemeal reform of a system that was designed to meet the needs of the early Victorian era... [Read More]

Sperm shortage in New Zealand

19 September 2016 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars

New Zealand is facing a shortage of donor sperm, with some fertility experts saying women are waiting up to two years to receive treatment... [Read More]

US sperm donor admits he misled sperm bank

05 September 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A US man who fathered more than 30 children by sperm donation has reportedly admitted that he lied about his background to a sperm bank, which is currently being sued by the parents of one of the children conceived with his sperm... [Read More]

Theatre Review: Half of Me

08 August 2016 - by Rachel Siden

Half of Me is a play aimed at a young audience, and tells the story of children born through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)... [Read More]

How personal genomics spells the end of donor anonymity

03 May 2016 - by Professor Joyce Harper, Debbie Kennett and Dr Dan Reisel

With the rise of consumer genetic testing, it is now possible for people to accidentally discover that they were conceived using donor eggs or sperm and for donors who thought they were anonymous to be traced by their offspring... [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]

Clinic offers sperm donors free IVF for a friend

14 March 2016 - by Ayala Ochert

An IVF clinic in the UK has announced that it will offer sperm donors the chance to nominate a friend or family member for free IVF treatment.... [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]

New law in Australian state ends donor anonymity

29 February 2016 - by Ayala Ochert

The Australian state of Victoria has passed a bill allowing all people conceived through egg or sperm donation to apply for identifying information about their biological parents... [Read More]

Podcast: 10 Years Since the End of Donor Anonymity - Have We Got It Right?

30 November 2015 - by Pod Academy

If you missed '10 Years Since the End of Donor Anonymity: Have We Got It Right?', a debate organised by the Progress Educational Trust (PET) in partnership with the National Gamete Donation Trust, then you are in luck. This podcast, produced by Pod Academy, captures some of the highlights from the debate.... [Read More]

We must support parents in being open with their donor-conceived children

30 November 2015 - by Nina Barnsley, Jennie Hunt and Julia Feast OBE

The resounding message that came from the recent PET/NGDT event was that more needs to be done to support parents of donor-conceived children in telling them about their origins... [Read More]

Ten years since the end of donor anonymity: what next?

16 November 2015 - by Charles Lister

The Chair of the National Gamete Donation Trust argues that the whole fertility sector must take seriously the need of donor-conceived children to know about their origins... [Read More]

Debating donor conception 10 years after the removal of anonymity

09 November 2015 - by Arit Udoh

'The kids are not alright.' 'Current legislation needs to do more to protect the rights of donor-conceived children.' These were some of the comments made by donor-conceived adults who attended a recent Progress Educational Trust/National Gamete Donation Trust event... [Read More]

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