News Archive

New UK Donor Guidelines out now!

06 June 2019

The new UK guidelines for the medical and laboratory procurement and use of sperm, oocyte and embryo donors (2019) has now been published.

Click here to access the new Guidelines. Also available by logging into the Human Fertility Journal.

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New Commissioning Guidance for Fertility Treatment

27 May 2019

This guidance is produced by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the national regulator of fertility clinics, in conjunction with the main professional bodies, British Fertility Society, Association of Clinical Embryologists, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and Royal College of Nursing to assist CCGs in using available resources to make evidence-based clinical commissioning decisions.

Please click here for access to the Commissioning Guidance for Fertility Treatment. 

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ACE Survey for Best Practice of transporting gametes and embryos

06 May 2019

Survey: Best practice guidelines for movement of frozen gametes / embryos between clinics.

Patients have a number of reasons to move their samples; relocation abroad, their current clinic does not offer treatment they require (i.e. PGD) or they want to try a different clinic. Moving samples is not without its risks and as embryologists we must ensure we safeguard the quality of these samples during this process as best as possible.

The code of practice, along with HFEA General Directions 0006 (for international transports), gives some guidance on this process; this is largely related to ...

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Become an ACE Ambassador

28 April 2019

Are you affiliated with a Higher Education Institute and would you be willing to be an ACE Ambassador? This would involve promoting ACE full or associate membership to students and other allied professionals at Universities across the UK.

Becoming an ACE ambassador would be a great opportunity for networking and engaging with the wider community as well as gaining extra CPD points.

Please contact Amy Sharpe via email for more information or to express your interest.

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Research and Outreach grants still available for 2019!

25 March 2019

There are still research and outreach grants available for 2019:

· 2 x £1000 Research Grants

· 2 x £500 Outreach Grants

The intention of these grants is to support those doing small or pilot research studies, and to fund quality outreach materials to help members
educate the public about the work of Embryologists. ACE will expect the applicant to report Outreach projects in a short article in The Embryologist
and Research Projects should be communicated, where appropriate, by publication as a research paper, or as an oral/poster presentation at a
scientific ...

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UK Nominations for the Queen’s NY2020 Honours deadline 4th March 2019!

12 February 2019

ACE would like your support in recognising healthcare scientists and those working within healthcare science who merit state recognition. 

Why not nominate those colleagues who you work with who have made an outstanding impact for the New Year 2020 Honours?

Nominations can cover specific activities or a life time achievement.  Status or seniority isn’t important – what matters is what the person has done and the impact they have had on people’s health and care over a sustained period of time.

Click here to view the full letter from Professor Dame Sue Hill ...

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Don't forget to complete the transgender survey and email your responses!

30 January 2019

ACE would like your input for a survey regarding the treatment of transgender patients.

Questions are listed below, or click here to download the word document: 'Transgender Survey 2019'.

All responses to be emailed to:

Centre number...........................

> Q1. Has your clinic been involved in fertility preservation for trans patients? 

Eggs only /Sperm only/ Both/ Neither  

> Q2. Do you have specific written information for trans women and trans men regarding fertility preservation?

Yes / No  

> Q3.  Do you ...

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ACE members voted at the AGM in favour of the possible unification of societies to form ARCS!

22 January 2019

Following the historic vote over the possibility of unification with the Association of Biomedical Andrologists and the British Andrology Society at our recent AGM, I am writing to inform you of the results. Those who were present at the AGM will be well aware that the membership voted by an overwhelming majority for ACE to move forward with our plans for a new society. 113 members voted in favour of the motion, with 4 against. This is a very clear mandate from the membership to move forward and the ACE executive and steering group for the new association (now tentatively christened the ...

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Draft UK Guidelines for the Medical and Laboratory Procurement and Use of Sperm, Egg and Embryo Donors (2018) - final comments deadline 1st February!

21 January 2019

ACE would like to inform you of important updates to the 2008 guidelines for the screening of sperm, egg and embryo donors.

Click here to view the draft copy of the new UK Guidelines for the Medical and Laboratory Procurement and Use of Sperm, Egg and Embryo Donor(2018).
Please send any comments to Helen Clarke at: before Friday 1st Feb.

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International Conference Awards deadline Friday 1st February 2019!

14 January 2019

Do you want to attend an International educational meeting but don’t have any funding? 

ACE in association with Hunter Scientific are able to offer Conference Awards to paid up members of the Association to enable them to attend relevant national and international scientific meetings, courses and events. 

Preference is given to those presenting at meetings, but this does include poster presentations.

The deadline for submitting your application for an International Conference Award is Friday 1st February. 

For more details please follow this link:


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