One of the key goals set by First Egg Bank’s team is to provide the richest choice of donors for everyone who experiences challenges in their struggle with infertility. However, UK patients in this relation are probably the one category that faces significant obstacles in finding the appropriate donor due to the list of obligatory requirements of HFEA (The Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority) that have to be strictly followed.
HFEA requirements for biomaterial import to the UK from overseas
Every donor gametes bank, which has an intention to establish cooperation with the IVF clinics within the UK, should apply for the HFEA certificate for import of biomaterial.
For this moment First Egg Bank manages effective collaboration with the potential partner units in this area and we can firmly claim that nowadays there are all tools which can convert this activity into the final result, in particular:
- valid medical licenses and quality certificates (ISO 9001:2015);
- relevant Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) and Instructions for the Donation and Embryology departments. All of them are available upon the request of the Importing Tissue Establishment or HFEA at any time;
- strong and trusted cooperation with the accredited laboratories which perform donor screening according to the appropriate list of tests;
- UK based consultant who is ready to provide support and guidance of our potential partner clinics in the process of obtaining the HFEA import certificate.
Thanks to the long-term and successful experience of cooperation with the leading IVF clinics in UK as well as our own tough standards and processes, we manage to meet local legal regulations in terms of supplying vitrified donor eggs and sperm samples for the patients in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Our perfectly aligned quality system, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and instructions specifically elaborated according to HFEA recommendations, ensure correspondence of First Egg Bank to the needs and demands of the UK market, which has been also proved by certain independent British auditors who have visited our facilities.
One of the crucial requirements set out by HFEA is thorough donor screening by the certified and accredited laboratory following very strict list of necessary tests for each candidate.
The primary stage for each potential egg or sperm donor is genetic examination including Karyotype, Cystic Fibrosis, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and Fragile X. This is an extremely important and determinant step that influences the further decision of our doctors on the participation of the candidate in the donation program. In case the result obtained does not satisfy medical parameters, the potential donors are not approved for the next stage.
Those candidates, who are accepted to the donation program, should pass another set of tests on the repetitive basis – 2 months prior to donation and at a start of stimulation. This screening includes Treponema Pallidum (Syphilis); HIV 1&2; Hepatitis B, C; HTLV. 30 days within the oocytes collection donors should be tested for Neisseria gonorhoea, Chlamydia trachomatis.
If the above mentioned tests have been negative, the biomaterial is moved to the quarantine for the next 3 months and the same set of tests is repeated once again. First Egg Bank ensures that during the quarantine period donor gametes are stored in the appropriate separate container as per the requirements of HFEA.
Benefits of working with First Egg Bank for the UK IVF clinics
- Full compliance with the HFEA requirements
- Non-anonymous egg donors
- ISO 9001:2015 (quality management system), ISO 15189 (medical laboratories)
- 10 family limit
- 3 months oocyte quarantine
- 100+ completely screened egg donors
- Direct shipping to the UK
The majority of donors in First Egg Bank’s database have consented to non-anonymous donation by signing the relevant agreement allowing to the offspring to reveal donor’s personal information and even meet him or her in person at the age of 18. Moreover, our donors are fully screened and regularly rescreened in certified European laboratories to ensure excellent physical and mental health.
Our everyday persistence and dedication to the patients made it real to achieve unsurpassed results in mutual cooperation with the British high class IVF units. Since 2016 one of the First Egg Bank’s partner clinics in UK has performed over 50 cycles, thawed over 700 oocytes with survival rate of 93%, blastulation rate of 48%, clinical pregnancy rate per transfer of 51% and cumulative pregnancy rate of 72% (when all embryos created from all oocytes transmitted to the cycle were transferred).
Donor Catalogs and Prices.
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Algorithm of cooperation with First Egg Bank
We fully understand how it is important to satisfy the needs of each patient looking for the high quality biomaterial and professional approach towards the problem of infertility. That is why First Egg Bank welcomes to the long-term cooperation IVF clinics and specialists with the same attitude and sense of responsibility before the patients who hope for our support and help.
The algorithm is rather simple and requires just 4 steps:
Step 1: Receiving the HFEA import certificate. This is the most important step that consists of the following stages:
- signing of the Third Party Agreement (TPA) between the bank and receiving centre. The latter should be registered with the HFEA, that is to have an appropriate license for the medical practice;
- gathering the appropriate accompanied documentation from both parties;
- submission of the TPA and relevant paperwork to the HFEA.
The responsible HFEA officer may review the application for 2-3 months and require additional supporting evidence. If all the requirements are met, the import certificated is issued.
Step 2: Donor selection. Register in our online catalogue where you can find donor who meets your criteria due to the simple system of donor selection.
Step 3: Payment. Having chosen the donor, First Egg Bank issues an invoice due for payment.
Step 4: Delivery Professional couriers of First Egg Bank conducts the hand-carry delivery to your clinic.
Shipment to the UK
Transportating frozen donor eggs, sperm or embryos is up to 2 days. Prior to shipping all the donor consent forms, personal profiles and medical tests are to be passed to the clinic of the patient. In order to allow us enough time for arranging the necessary paperwork, we recommend our patients to address to us their requests in 3-4 weeks before the preferable date of biomaterial delivery.