The Guardian's Hannah Devlin published an article in which she revealed that the fertility regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, is considering whether to recommend scrapping anonymity for future sperm and egg donors as part of an overhaul of UK fertility laws.
PET's director is quoted in the article saying 'any change to anonymity rules would raise complex questions, including about which stage in the process a donor would be identifiable and whether this would become part of the process of choosing a donor.
'Making donors mandatorily identifiable earlier in the process may cause more problems than the HFEA hopes to solve. Donors, recipients of donation and donor-conceived people are all diverse groups, with varying preferences and perspectives. It is good to allow for a diversity of donor conception arrangements, rather than imposing one model upon everyone. Any proposed change to the law needs to be very carefully thought through.'