Egg-sharing

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The history of egg-sharing

1992
Three patients come to see Kamal Ahuja and Eric Simons at their clinic in Durham and suggest the concept of egg-sharing. The UK media coverage begins.

1995
1 June, the HFEA and IVF centres discuss egg-sharing at St Anne's College, Oxford.
“Our committee found egg-sharing as proposed by Dr Kamal Ahuja and Mr Eric Simons a rather novel arrangement. With appropriate safeguards we felt that all the participants stood a chance to simultaneously benefit from the scheme and help each other. That is why we supported it.”
Lady Alexandra Roche JP, Chair (1991-2007), Cromwell Hospital Ethics Committee, London.

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1996
Ahuja and Simons commission a national survey of the views of 750 British sharers and recipients with prior experience of egg-sharing. The responses are independently analysed by the National Opinion Poll (NOP). Ahuja and Simons publish many research papers in international medical journals.

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1997
The HFEA holds a public consultation (the first of three over 10 years) examining the arguments for and against egg-sharing.

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The Times Magazine, 15 Febuary 1997

1998
9 December, the HFEA announce their approval of egg-sharing.

2000
10 October, the HFEA provide Guidance for egg-sharing to licensed IVF centres.

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The Guardian, 10 December 1998

2004
The HFEA complete another review (SEED review) of egg-sharing and find the UK practice satisfactory.

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2007
After another consultation, the HFEA examine and approve egg sharers as providers of eggs for stem cell research at Newcastle University.

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2008
Dr Kamal Ahuja, the Scientific and Managing Director of The London Women's Clinic is hailed in by the UK's London Evening Standard newspaper as one of the 'Heroes of Harley Street' for his pioneering work with Mr Eric Simons in the egg-sharing field.

Kamal Ahuja

2009
On 9th December the HFEA announce intent to review payment to egg and sperm donors, as well as to egg sharers.

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2010
The London Women's Clinic commits to further egg-sharing research and dialogue through The LWC Research Foundation.

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The Future
Growing demand for our successful treatments has enabled The LWC to open new centres around the country, whilst retaining our original London base in Harley Street. With clinics in Wales and the northeast of England, patients locally and internationally now find it even easier to access our clinical expertise.