Paul Fielding, the embryologist being investigated over allegations of losing frozen human embryos from two Hampshire clinics, is to appear before magistrates in Southampton later this month.
Fielding will answer eight charges of false accounting and obtaining money by deception. He is also accused of the assault and actual bodily harm of four women. Another unnamed hospital consultant will face six charges of keeping human embryos without a licence.
Fielding was suspended last September and arrested last October after it came to light that a number of human embryos - stored at two clinics where he worked as an embryologist - could not be accounted for. The inquiry began after a couple using the clinic complained to police that their embryos had gone missing. Further investigations revealed a number of discrepancies with the recording and labelling of stored embryos at the clinics.
Fielding was reported for alleged assault, deception, false accounting and offences under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 which regulates the provision of infertility services and the creation and storage of human embryos. The case is thought to be the first time that anyone has been prosecuted under the Act.
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