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About the BFS

General Introduction

With the encouragement of IVF pioneer Patrick Steptoe, the British Fertility Society was founded in 1972, by a small group with a common interest in infertility. Since then the burgeoning knowledge in this exciting area of medicine has resulted in the development and introduction of many new reproductive technologies and into clinical practice. The interests of the BFS has broadened to a range unimaginable 30 years ago. The British Fertility Society has grown alongside the development of our speciality and now actively promotes the sharing of knowledge, further education and raising standards of practice.

Today, the Society recognises the multi-disciplinary nature of science and practice of reproductive medicine and welcomes andrologists, counsellors, embryologists, endocrinologists, nurses, and other professional groups working in this field, into its membership.

The activities of the BFS are directed by the Executive Committee, elected by the membership. A number of sub-committees have remit for specific areas, namely Training, Policy & Practice, Meetings, and Website. The Committees are held quarterly and report to the Annual General Meeting at the Annual BFS Meeting.


  • To promote high quality practice in the provision of fertility treatment.
  • To provide a common forum for members of various disciplines having an interest in the science and treatment of infertility.
  • To promote high quality scientific and clinical research in the causes and treatment of infertility.
  • To provide professional leadership in the provision and regulation of infertility services.
  • To promote the increase of NHS funding for and equity of access to fertility treatments.