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Sarah Norcross

Commissioning Editor

Sarah Norcross is Commissioning Editor of BioNewsand Director of the charity that publishes it, the Progress Educational Trust(PET).Together with Sandy Starr, she organises PET's public events. Sarah often represents PET in the media nationally (including on the Today programme, BBC News, ITV News, 5 News, Good Morning Britain, Sunday Morning Live) and internationally (including on BBC World News, Mittagsmagazin and Fala Brasil and in Die Welt), as well as in more specialist publications (including Science magazine, the British Medical Journal and Reproductive BioMedicine Online). Sarah is also a Trustee at the British Fertility Society (BFS), Chair of the BFS Special Interest Group on Law, Policy and Ethics, and an External Adviser to the University of Cambridge's Reproduction Strategic Research Initiative.

Sarah serves on the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology's Working Group on Add-Ons, on the National Infertility Group convened by the Scottish Government, and on the Association of Fertility Patient Organisations. She was previously Co-Chair of the campaigning organisation Fertility Fairness, and she also chaired a group of clinicians, scientists, patient support groups and medical research charities which campaigned and advised on the content of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 as it passed through the UK Parliament. She has advised on numerous research projects, most recently Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing and Donor-Conception and Egg Donation in the UK, Belgium and Spain. Previously, she worked as a Barrister carrying out advocacy in civil and criminal courts on the Northern Circuit.


BioNews Comment articles written by Sarah Norcross:
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After our campaign, egg storage law comes out of the cold
6 September 2021 - by Sarah Norcross
We at the Progress Educational Trust are delighted that our #ExtendTheLimit campaign, to extend the ten-year storage limit for eggs frozen for non-medical or 'social' reasons, has succeeded – insofar as it now has Government backing... [Read More]
Why fertility treatment must be in the Women's Health Strategy
21 June 2021 - by Sarah Norcross
The Progress Educational Trust draws the attention of the UK government to five areas of fertility treatment which have far-reaching consequences for the health of women... [Read More]
Fertility treatment and COVID-19: lessons from, and for, lockdown
2 November 2020 - by Sarah Norcross
As England prepares to enter another lockdown, which is expected to last for at least a month, PET is holding a free-to-attend online event exploring what lockdowns mean for fertility patients... [Read More]
What should we be testing for in sperm and egg donors?
7 September 2020 - by Sarah Norcross
This week, the Progress Educational Trust – in partnership with the Scottish Government – will be exploring the role of traditional and expanded carrier screening in assessing the suitability of sperm and egg donors... [Read More]
Volunteering during a pandemic
15 June 2020 - by Sarah Norcross
Sarah Norcross, director of the Progress Educational Trust, is interviewed by the radio station Voice of Islam... [Read More]
Thank you to all our volunteers during Volunteers' Week
1 June 2020 - by Sarah Norcross
This week is Volunteers' Week and we would like to give a massive shout out to all our volunteers, past and present, and say thank you for all that they have done and all that they continue to do... [Read More]
Egg, sperm and embryo storage limits: ten key principles
11 May 2020 - by Sarah Norcross
In addition to continuing with its #ExtendTheLimit campaign, PET has developed ten key principles on egg, sperm embryo storage which have informed its response to the UK government's consultation on this area... [Read More]
Improving choices for fertility patients during a pandemic
27 April 2020 - by Sarah Norcross
We welcome the UK government's two-year extension to the legal limit on the storage of eggs, sperm and embryos, but more needs to be done for fertility patients during and after the coronavirus pandemic... [Read More]
#ExtendTheLimit of what PET can do
2 March 2020 - by Sarah Norcross
Changing the law is a central part of what the Progress Educational Trust (PET) does. PET was born out of a campaign – the Progress Campaign for Research into Human Reproduction – and more than 30 years later, remains actively involved in several campaigns. It is in our DNA to campaign on your behalf... [Read More]
#ExtendTheLimit - PET pushes the campaign past the first milestone
17 February 2020 - by Sarah Norcross
Progress Educational Trust (PET) is celebrating: the Government has listened to our #ExtendTheLimit campaign, heard our calls for compassion and common sense and announced a public consultation looking at extending the ten-year storage limit... [Read More]

BioNews Review articles written by Sarah Norcross:
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Theatre Review: Stuffed
19 March 2018 - by Sarah Norcross
Much as I love a laugh and a joke, 'Stuffed', billed as a comedy about fertility and IVF, seemed to me to have the potential of being insensitive and in poor taste - would I and the audience see the funny side?
Event Review: International Association of Bioethics Congress
4 July 2016 - by Sarah Norcross
Bioethics conferences don't get much bigger than this – the International Association of Bioethics Congress drew 700 attendees to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre... [Read More]
Book Review: Louise Brown - My Life as the World's First Test-Tube Baby
5 October 2015 - by Sarah Norcross
'My Life as the World’s First Test-Tube Baby' is a must-read for anyone who works in this sector – especially those who are too young to remember the circumstances around Louise Brown's birth... [Read More]
Book Review: Relative Strangers - Family Life, Genes and Donor Conception
12 May 2014 - by Sarah Norcross
I don't often put my hand up to review books when they pop through the letterbox. Normally, after the pleasure of opening the parcel and inhaling the scent of fresh book, I quickly put it on someone else's desk... [Read More]
Book Review: Telling and Talking with Friends and Family/Our Family
19 August 2013 - by Sarah Norcross
These Donor Conception Network booklets can certainly help with preparing to tell friends and family about donor conception, but it's a shame that there is a need for people to be told how to be considerate to others and that there still seems to be a stigma attached to infertility... [Read More]
Event Review: Patients Have the Right for an Anonymous Donor
29 July 2013 - by Sarah Norcross
Given that the Progress Educational Trust (PET) has just completed a project on gamete donation I was more than intrigued about this debate, but was left disappointed... [Read More]
Book Review: Mixed Blessings - Building a Family with and without Donor Help
6 June 2012 - by Sarah Norcross
A booklet full of advice and case studies, this will be a useful book for all those creating a family, as well as for those who work with them - particularly fertility counsellors... [Read More]
Event Review: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 - A Multidisciplinary Workshop
31 January 2011 - by Sarah Norcross
When the invitation to this event dropped into my inbox, I immediately replied 'yes please'. This academic workshop of around 30 participants covered the legislative and policymaking process, and subsequent impact of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFE) Act 2008... [Read More]
TV Review: Cutting Edge - My Weird and Wonderful Family
26 July 2010 - by Sarah Norcross
'Cutting Edge goes behind the headlines to intimately portray how gay millionaires Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow's determination to have more children has affected them and their kids' said the teaser on the Channel 4 website. If I hadn't known this programme involved surrogacy, I would have dismissed it as yet another reality show about out-of-control children... [Read More]
Book Review: Faith and Fertility - Attitudes Towards Reproductive Practices in Different Religions from Ancient to Modern Times
12 April 2010 - by Sarah Norcross
First as a reviewer of this book I have a declaration of interest (or lack thereof): I have no faith.... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Sarah Norcross:
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Eight million ART babies and counting
3 July 2018 - by Sarah Norcross
Almost 40 years after the birth of the world's first IVF baby, Louise Brown, more than 8 million babies have been born as a result of IVF and other assisted reproduction treatments... [Read More]
Obituary: Professor Sir Robert Edwards
10 April 2013 - by Sarah Norcross
Professor Sir Robert Edwards (27 September 1925-10 April 2013) has died after a long illness.... [Read More]
UK has new minister responsible for fertility and embryology
25 May 2010 - by Sarah Norcross
Following the general election in the UK and the formation of the new coalition government, Anne Milton MP has become the new Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health and so is the Government Minister responsible for fertility and embryology. She is the Conservative MP for Guildford - a seat which she won from the Liberal Democrats in 2005.... [Read More]
HFEA publishes new sperm and egg donor figures
3 August 2009 - by Sarah Norcross
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) published new figures showing the number of new egg and sperm donors registered in 2008. The figures published on 31 July 2009 show that the number of both sperm and egg donors has increased.... [Read More]
Congratulations Clare
15 June 2009 - by Sarah Norcross
Clare Lewis-Jones, Chief Executive of Infertility Network UK (I N UK) and More to Life, the largest national charity providing help, support and information to those suffering the effects of infertility, has been awarded a MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to healthcare.... [Read More]
500 Fivers Appeal: BioNews needs you!
18 May 2009 - by Sarah Norcross
BioNews is published by the Progress Educational Trust a small UK registered charity which battles for funding to keep BioNews in operation and free of charge. Back in January we launched the 500 Fivers Appeal to coincide with the publication of... [Read More]
Give us your Jobs!
8 September 2008 - by Sarah Norcross
The Progress Educational Trust (PET) is delighted to announce a new service from BioNews: a 'jobs' section. Today's issue of BioNews contains PET's first job advertisement, placed and paid for by the Human Genetics Commission. Why has PET decided to do this? Like many small charities, PET struggles to find... [Read More]
Progress Educational Trust commends biosciences OBE winner
16 June 2008 - by Sarah Norcross
Progress Educational Trust would like to congratulate Dr Simon Best, who has been awarded an OBE for his services to the bioscience industry. Simon Best is founder and Chairman of Ardana Bioscience, based in Edinburgh, specialising in human reproductive biology and is a... [Read More]