The 2018 Annual Conference of the Progress Educational Trust (PET) will explore law and regulation governing fertility treatment and embryo research.
There will be Keynote Addresses by Sir James Munby (former President of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales) and Sally Cheshire (Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority).
This conference will mark the fact that it has been 10 years since the last major overhaul of UK fertility and embryo law. Speakers will consider situations where researchers, clinicians and patients find themselves pushing at the boundaries of what is permitted or what is clearly defined. Speakers will also consider the significance of wider social changes, in the UK and elsewhere, over the past decade.
Conference sessions will explore scientific, medical and social developments that were not predicted at the time the current legislation was drafted, as well as developments that were underway but have not progressed as anticipated. The conference will ask whether legislation has stood the test of time, and whether there is now a case for updating it.
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The conference agenda follows. In the PET tradition, following introductory presentations the majority of each session's running time will be devoted to discussion with input from the audience.