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Human Tissue and Embryos Bill

Date:17 SEP 2007

Dewinder Birk Barrister St Marys Chambers Nottingham. In May 2007 the Government published the Human Tissue and Embryos (Draft) Bill Cm 7087 (Department of Health 2007) dealing with the changes in the legislation governing human fertilisation and embryology. Due to the revised scheme dealing with this area and the overlap with other areas that has been envisaged the framework will encompass more than just embryo research and assisted reproduction treatment and will include the regulation of human tissue and human blood. The draft Bill has been put before a joint parliamentary committee for pre-legislative scrutiny before being put before Parliament for its consideration. This Committee was due to report by August of this year. Taking into account the necessary timescale (eg the new Act needs to be in place by this time next year as that is when the new body will be fully operational) and the lengthy period of consultation to date (Review of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act A Public Consultation (DoH 2005) and Review of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act Proposal for revised legislation Cm 6989...

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