To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 18 November (HL2640 and HL2690), whether the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has taken the advice of clinicians and professionals on the matter; why the HFEA is not able to decide on the evidence required to predict the cohort of patients that may develop ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome; and what contributions the HFEA makes to protecting women's health and safety other than referring to guidelines by other bodies or giving its assent to them.
3 December 2014
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has advised that it has nothing further to add to the answer given to the noble Lord on 18 November 2014 (Official Report, col. WA107) in respect of clinical and professional advice or the evidence required to predict the cohort of patients. The HFEA ensures that licensed clinics advise women about the possible side effects and risks both to the woman being treated and to any resulting child, including the risk of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS). Clinics should also advise patients what to do if symptoms arise and should have an emergency contact number which patients can use at any time. Clinics are also required to report to the HFEA cases of OHSS which require a hospital admission and has a severity grading of severe or critical.
The HFEA has also advised that it regards the prevention and management of OHSS as primarily the responsibility of clinical practice and subject to professional guidelines. The HFEA does not regulate the administration of drugs and therefore does not collect such data.