4 June 2019

Patient Information regarding commencement of the Children and Family’s Relationship Act 2015

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Last week the Department of Health met with all the fertility clinics in Ireland to discuss the commencement of the Children and Family’s Relationship Act 2015, Parts 2 & 3.

This legislation will bring many positive changes to the use of donor gametes in Ireland, and to parents who have struggled up to  now to have both their names listed on their child’s birth certificate.  We are hugely supportive of these changes, and know how much it will mean to so many of our patients.

We are conscious however, that the proposed timeline for introducing this legislation will cause some unintended, but very serious, negative consequences for many of our patients. These include financial loss, delays to treatment, and restrictions on the use of donor gametes you have already purchased.  Please read on to see if you will be affected

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For patients who have purchased anonymous donor sperm;

If you have already had a child with this donor, then you will have three years to use any straws that are already in Ireland. If they’re not in Ireland at the time of commencement we will not be able to order them for you. If you have straws reserved with your sperm bank please contact us to arrange shipment as soon as possible.

If you have purchased anonymous donor sperm but have not had a child you will not be able to use this donor once the legislation commences.

No time restrictions have been placed on the use of embryos already created, so if you do have any embryos in storage with us, they will be available for you if you wish to use them. 

 

For patients who have purchased identifiable donor sperm;

If you have already had a child with this donor, then you will have three years to use any straws that are already in Ireland. If they’re not in Ireland at the time of commencement we will not be able to order them for you. If you have straws reserved with your sperm bank please contact us to arrange shipment as soon as possible.

If you have purchased identifiable donor sperm but have not had a child you will not be able to use this donor once the legislation commences unless the donor signs the consent form to go on the Irish register. As soon as these consent forms become available we will work with the sperm banks to make them available to donors to sign.

No time restrictions have been placed on the use of embryos already created, so if you do have any embryos in storage with us, they will be available for you if you wish to use them please don’t be concerned. 

 

Egg Donation Patients

Our anonymous oocyte donation programme is no longer available, but our identifiable egg donation programme is still an option for all patients. The oocyte donors have consented to being placed on a national register, and will begin signing the new consent forms as soon as they become available to use.

 

 

For patients hoping to begin treatment

All donors suitable for treatment at Sims will now be identifiable. Depending on how the legislation is introduced there may some delay with finding a suitable sperm donor who has signed the correct consent forms. For now we are happy to facilitate patients who wish to proceed with an identifiable donor, as long as they are aware of the risk the donor may not sign the consent form.

 

We are doing our best to ensure this change does not impact upon your care or future family in a negative way, and hope to work with all of the clinics within Ireland and the Department of Health to establish a pathway that will not delay or prevent you from having treatment.

If you believe your treatment may be affected please contact us and we will do our best to help you.