Quintavalle, Regina (on the Application of) v Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority: CA 16 May 2003

A licence was sought so that a couple could have a child who would be tissue typed to establish his suitability to provide an umbilical cord after his birth to help treat his future brother. A licence had been granted subject to conditions, and the applicant now challenged the right of the Authority to grant that licence, saying that the proposal was not treatment within the Act, which should only extend to assisting women overcoming infertility.
Held: The purpose of the Act had been considered in extenso recently. The carrying of a child who would not suffer the same defect as an existing child was capable of assisting the mother to bear a child. ‘The fact that some practices (e.g. a biopsy) designed to secure the suitable condition, or determine the suitability, of embryos to be placed in a woman involve use of an embryo does not mean that all practices for such a purpose involve ‘use’ of the embryo, or therefore require to be licensed as activities under paragraph 1(1) of Schedule 2.’ The testing of the embryos was proper for that purpose.


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[2003] EWCA Civ 667, Times 20-May-2003, [2003] 2 WLR 1403, Gazette 10-Jul-2003, [2003] 2 AC 687, [2004] QB 168




Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990


England and Wales


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Updated: 07 June 2022; Ref: scu.182350