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Consultation on Human Bodies in Medicine and Research. Written evidence to Nuffield Council on Bioethics, June 2010

Response from PROGAR (British Association of Social Workers Project Group on Assisted Reproduction)

The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) Project Group on Assisted Reproduction, known as PROGAR, was established in the 1980s originally to provide evidence on behalf of BASW to the Warnock Committee of Inquiry into Human Fertilisation and Embryology. Since then PROGAR has consistently contributed to policy discussions and policy formation in assisted conception, working in partnership with British Association for Adoption and Fostering, the British Infertility Counselling Association, the Donor Conception Network and more recently the Child and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) and UK DonorLink.

The principles underlying PROGAR‟s work are that people with a personal involvement with fertility problems, especially those conceived as a result of donor procedures, donors of gametes and embryos and people undergoing investigation and treatment should receive the best care possible, including access to information, counselling and support.