BFS statement on HFEA annual report on fertility clinic incidents
Today the HFEA has published its annual report on fertility clinic incidents.
The report shows that the total number of B and C grade incidents increased slightly from 2014.
For the first time since the HFEA began publishing incidents reports, there were no A grade (the most serious) incidents reported at all.
Professor Adam Balen, Chair of the British Fertility Society said:
“The Fertility sector is highly regulated to ensure consistently high quality standards of treatment and research.
“This latest report from the HFEA shows that for the first time since the regulator began publishing incidents reports, there were no A grade incidents, the most serious, reported at all. This is reassuring to patients, however, it is vital that clinics continue to be vigilant and strive to keep the rate of incidents as low as possible.
“Furthermore, the report showed a slight increase in the number of severe ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome (OHSS) cases reported. Whilst it is possible that this in part reflects a healthy increase in reporting it remains the most serious complication of fertility treatment and we must all work to reduce it to a minimum.”
The full report can be found here: http://www.hfea.gov.uk/9449.html
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