A message from ARCS and BFS to all patients regarding the reopening of the fertility sector, from Jane Stewart, Chair of the BFS Executive Committee.
8th May 2020
6th May 2020
ARCS and BFS U.K. best practice guidelines for reintroduction of routine fertility treatments during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists (ARCS) and British Fertility Society (BFS) U.K. best practice guidelines for reintroduction of routine fertility treatments during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prepared by the ARCS/BFS COVID working group* on behalf of the Executive Committees of ARCS and the BFS. Published on the ARCS and BFS websites. Date of publication: […]
3rd May 2020
On Friday in a surprise move Matt Hancock MP announced the re-opening of fertility centres. This is of course widely welcomed by patients and those working in the specialty. Currently licensed treatment is suspended by virtue of General Direction 0014 placed on centres’ Licence to Practice on 23rd March by the HFEA. By lunchtime Friday, in […]
1st May 2020
To propose the milestones that, if met, would support a decision to resume fertility clinic activities and treatments in the UK and to assess which of these can be considered to have been met.
Information gathering process:
A letter was sent to the memberships of the Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists […]
14th Apr 2020
COVID-19 – Next Steps – Statement from British Fertility Society and Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists for Fertility Staff
We write concerning the next steps that we all need to consider in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. You will recall that the Executive Committees of our two societies published guidance on the 18th March designed to respond urgently to the crisis. We are pleased that the overall reaction of the sector to the […]
30th Mar 2020
Statement from British Fertility Society and Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists for Fertility Staff
Over recent days the British Fertility Society (BFS) and the Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists (ARCS) have produced a number of statements and a guidance document around COVID 19 and reproductive medicine practice.
This professional guidance deals mainly with the effects on patients and the need to ensure they are supported. However, as fellow […]
23rd Mar 2020
An open letter to members of the British Fertility Society and the Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists and Persons Responsible for UK Licenced Fertility Services
Dear Members and Colleagues,
As the COVID 19 pandemic hit the UK there was increasing pressure for principled thinking around what this meant for fertility services. Jane Stewart and Raj Mathur (Chair and Chair Elect of the British Fertility Society) wrote an opinion piece for Bionews1 and the BFS with the Association of Reproductive and […]
Posted in Covid 19
23rd Mar 2020
ESHRE has announced that the Annual Meeting planned for 5-8 July in Copenhagen has been cancelled. This is due to restrictions on travel and gatherings during the outbreak of Covid-19 disease.
20th Mar 2020
British Fertility Society Chair, Dr Jane Stewart, explains how the fertility sector is responding to the current coronavirus pandemic. Dr Stewart has advice to patients and acknowledges that there will be significant disappointment as centres decide not to start new cycles of treatment
Posted in Covid 19
18th Mar 2020
We are committed to review our guidance as the Covid 19 situation progresses, with reference to national advice and new evidence as it emerges, and will publish amendments as necessary. Since issuing the guidance below, we have published an open letter, which should be read alongside it.
Jason Kasraie, Jane Stewart, Raj Mathur