Blyth, Eric, Daniels, Ken and Crawshaw, Marilyn (2004) Policy formation in gamete donation and egg sharing in the UK—a critical appraisal. Social Science and Medicine, 59 (12). pp. 2617-2626. ISSN 0277-9536

This article considers two key policy documents concerning donor-assisted conception in the UK, The British Fertility Society's Recommendations for Good Practice on the Screening of Egg and Embryo Donors and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's Guidance for Egg Sharing Arrangements. It discusses both the process and the evidence used in formulating those sections of the documents which relate to donor anonymity. The paper concludes that psycho-social policy developments in assisted conception, such as those relating to donor anonymity, should be subjected to comparable levels of rigour and scrutiny to those that are applied in the formulation of medical and scientific policies.

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