An All-Consuming Problem? How to Protect Patients in the Fertility Market

Thursday, 14 January 2021, 5.30PM - 7.00PM (GMT)
Online Event
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This event discussed consumer protection for fertility patients. A film of the event can be watched here.

The event was chaired by Sarah Norcross, with speakers including Clare Ettinghausen, Katy Lindemann, Dr Raj Mathur, Dr Louise Strong and Mark Wilcox. Find out more about the speakers and chair here.

The event was produced by the Progress Educational Trust (PET), and was sponsored by the British Fertility Society and Merck.

The themes of the event are set out below.

The UK Government's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has raised concerns about aspects of the fertility sector, including 'add-on' treatments and the (mis)representation of success rates.

The CMA has gone on to draft new guidance for the fertility sector, to help clinics understand and comply with their obligations under consumer law. The CMA consulted stakeholders and the public on what this guidance should contain.

At this PET event, speakers representing the CMA, the UK fertility regulator (the HFEA), fertility clinics and fertility patients discussed the CMA's draft guidance. The discussion - which explored what consumer law means for the way fertility clinics price, offer and advertise their treatments - then fed into the CMA's consultation.