This policy document is part of a response submitted by the Progress Educational Trust (PET) to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's Consultation on its 8th Code of Practice and Revised Consent Forms.
Do you think the assumption that it is in a child's best interest to store gametes for later use is reasonable?
Yes, it is reasonable to assume that it is in a child's best interest to store gametes for later use - if the child is to undergo treatment which may render them infertile, and provided that the child's health or recovery is not compromised as a result of gamete retrieval.
The HFEA needs to consider the question of when the consent for storage of a child's gametes passes from the parent or guardian to the child. The test of Gillick competence is relevant here. This test is used to decide whether a child is able to consent to their own medical treatment, without the need for parental permission or knowledge.