Report on Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 published

20 November 2018

Children should have their relationship to their biological parent recognised under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 regardless of the relationship status of that parent, says Joint Committee on Human Rights.

In a report examining the Government’s proposed Remedial Order to amend the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008, the Joint Committee on Human Rights noted that the Government had accepted all of their recommendations in their first Report – including importantly that a child’s relationship with its biological parent should be recognised, regardless of that parent’s relationship status- for example whether they are married, in a relationship or single.

The Committee has said that Parliament should now approve the draft Order.

The Committee welcomes the Government’s Remedial Order (a form of secondary legislation that corrects an incompatibility in UK Law with basic human rights) and that all of its comments and recommendations were addressed in its first report on this Order.

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